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The Well is a community wellness hub which provides a range of services to support mental health and emotional wellbeing in the Kilkeel area.

The highly skilled team can support during a crisis to individuals or organisations, meeting immediate, short and long term needs as required.

It is hoped that this ideally placed hub will ensure a safe, welcoming environment where conversations around suicide and mental health are encouraged out into the open and result in positive changes and a thriving community.

The Well welcomes everyone, regardless of age, background, religion or culture. We want to ensure the right support is provided to the right person at the right time.

Enabling the promotion of positive mental health and the provision of crisis support at the right time.


Meet the Board

Joan DavisChairperson
Joan graduated from QUB with 2:1 Honours degree in Political Science. Joan has experience in both private and voluntary sector employment. However, her passion is for the services provided by the voluntary sector and she spent many years with the independent advice sector in a number of posts both at regional level and as Advice Centre Manager.

Joan has been Director of Family Mediation NI since 2009 and has completed the Leadership programmes delivered by C03 and NICVA. Joan has experience of sourcing funding for the sector, social policy, strategic development, financial management, event management, human resources, recruitment & training and public speaking.

Joan has been a voluntary trustee on several Voluntary Sector Boards over the 30 years, most recently delighted to be invited to join ‘The Well’ Board.

Lindsay ArmstrongBoard Member
Joe SimpsonBoard Member
Joe currently works in Web and App Design and has experience in Suicide-Prevention having had volunteered for the Samaritans during his time at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Joe adds some extra technical know-how to the Board and its strategy going forward.

Helen MartinBoard Member
In 2013, I moved to Kilkeel, driven to pursue my passion for volunteering. I was drawn to The Well, a charity whose mission struck a chord with me.

I joined its Board in 2022 and was re-elected in 2023.

Currently, I play an active role in the Fundraising Committee, a focused group within The Well, contributing to its initiatives.

Grass Roots Community

The Well was established by the community, for the community.

A large number of people identified a severe need for urgent mental health support in the local community. They came together with a motto; ’if opportunity knocks, build a door’ and that is exactly what they did. In fact, they built a whole building! An unusual approach perhaps but based on feelings of desperation for much needed help and support.

Realising they couldn’t access the services they required, they began to build the entire place themselves, sourcing materials and working together as a team. Next was to furnish it with highly skilled therapists able to deal with the entire complex. Step by step, the community established what was needed, situated right in the heart of a unique setting with people of all ages using the various organisations within it.

As a result of their hard work and effort, The Well is now a warm, welcoming, safe space with a team of professional, compassionate and caring volunteers ready to support anyone in need of help.

Services have been designed in response to the needs requested by the local community. The Well team have responded to ensure that what is on offer, can be adapted to suit the individual or organisation. This means the right support can be delivered at the right time.

We are a large-scale grassroots project proving the demand for this specific formula of intervention with a trauma informed approach as a solid foundation to all we do.

We plan to help break the cycle of intergenerational trauma and the fatal effects of the ripples still felt to this day.

The Well are committed to developing innovative ways to engage with the community using a range of digital supports. We have several exciting and forward-thinking projects currently in development, bringing the best therapies and support to those who need it most. We intend to create a focus group made up of young people and members of The Well team to develop, test and implement our ideas.

Working in partnership is an important aspect of The Well. Collaboration assists a stronger approach for all, in the hope that anyone in distress can reach out for support in times of crisis and ultimately decide that life is worth living.

The community wanted The Well so they built it, they invest in it, they use it and their efforts to date have saved lives.

We all have the opportunity to choose a different and better path forward for our community and for the next generation.

Shared Hope for Our Future

We strive to create a supportive community where suicide is no longer an option.

Get in touch

Drop us a message and we’ll get back to you.
If it’s and emergency please call Samaritans on: 116 123

“The time is now:
we are at a crossroads”

“The time is now: we are at a crossroads”

We have the opportunity to choose a different and better path forward for our community and the next generation.