Who is the Find Help NI Team?

Find Help NI was founded by Cara & Pamela, who together have decades of experience specialising in mental health within the community, voluntary and statutory sectors.


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Cara Swanston


Cara worked in finance and financial management for 10 years, predominantly in the charitable sector. Feeling unfulfilled in her work life, she went on to become a counsellor. Bringing together her financial management skills and her new skills working with complex mental health issues, it felt like a natural progression to start up a charitable organisation.

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“Sometimes people hesitate in talking about their mental health or getting help because they’re scared of what people will think. We hope Find Help NI will make people realise they’re not alone.”

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Pamela Kirkpatrick


Having worked in mental health with children, young people and families for many years, Pamela is aware of the frustration when it comes to finding straight talking self-help advice and local support. As a therapist and a coach in the community and voluntary sector, she’s able to devise the kind of content that provides people support when they need it most.

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“If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we can’t suffer in silence. In times of uncertainty and change, prioritising our wellbeing and talking about mental health is so important.”

As front-line workers, they watched as digital technology became the first port of call for support, information and education, but they quickly learned that online resources were often unhelpful, and in some cases, harmful.

They regularly heard people say there’s no help or support in their local area and they knew this to be untrue. Realising how many people don’t know about the amazing community and voluntary services available, Find Help NI was created to bridge the gap.

Find Help NI’s mission is to join the dots in creating bigger, better mental health and wellbeing support for everyone. This website brings together a directory of support services, useful self-care advice, practical tips, trustworthy emergency care guidance and real-life stories of mental health experiences.

Meet the Team


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Project Co-Ordinator

Eva-Rose is all about providing creative design interventions that make a real social impact. Therefore Eva leapt at the chance to get involved in this exciting project, confident that she could deliver an accessible online space that is easy to navigate, enjoyable to spend time in and meets the needs of our users. She makes sure our website cogs are spinning and that everything is working as it should. If you experience any difficulties with the website please do contact her.

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Project Administration

Rachel is the Project Administrator. She has over 10 years working in admin and events in the voluntary and community sector . Rachel loves watching sports, especially rugby and cycling (yes cycling really!) and of course her beloved Marge, the cat she adopted years ago.

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I am a qualified Life Coach and I've also worked as wellbeing Facilitator and Personal Development Trainer. I often found people say that they do not know where to get help. I was delighted to accept the role of Community Connector for Find Help NI as I was passionate about their ethos of helping people find the right help at the right time.

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I've been working for Find help NI for the past year as a wellbeing facilitator, my role involves working within the local communities, in schools and youth groups. I have 10 years experience working with children and young people and I am currently studying my level 4 in counselling with the view to qualify next year. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, long walks with my dog and practicing yoga and meditation.

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If you are experiencing distress or are in a mental health crisis please contact
Lifeline on 0808 808 8000


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