Celtic FC Authentic Signed Football up for grabs!!!!!

Celtic Football Club, 2017 treble winners have kindly donated a signed 2016/2017 Authentic Football to HURT…..

We will be open to bids for this signed memorabilia in order to raise money for our Charity….We have a high bidder of £150 already so you can place your bid via email to tina_burns@hotmail.com or call HURT on 02871369696



Location: St Columb’s Park, Limavady Road, Derry~Londonderry
Distance: 13.1 miles
Start: Ebrington Square
Finish: St Columb’s Park
Date: Sunday 3rd September 2017
Time: 10.00am

HURT is calling for this year’s Derry Half Marathon participants to sign up to fundraise for the addiction support charity as it faces severe pressure to maintain essential services.

Sadie O Reilly founder of the charity based in Clarendon St Derry and Barrack St Strabane asks for the support of individuals and running clubs by considering HURT for your sponsorship this year and hope they can get more people to support them by raising sponsorship from friends, families and work colleagues when taking part in the event on Sunday 3rd September 2017.

In the past year HURT has supported 383 people in their centre who are seeking support for themselves or a loved one impacted by addiction. We provided information and awareness programmes for 360 young people and attended events to raise awareness for community groups families and with over 1800 participants.

HURT has lost over 60% of its funding and does not receive any government support and therefore relies heavily on its own fundraising efforts. We would be delighted if you would consider HURT to support in this year’s run.

There are a number of ways to fundraise for us –you can call into the office and pick up a sponsor form or you can click on the link www.mydonate.bt.com. Alternatively fundraisers can provide donations via paypal – just contact the office for our details.

Please remember, any amount, no matter how small, is very much appreciated and we will put it to good use to help keep this vital service running.”

All our services are FREE of charge and we would wish to continue to provide these essential services to family members and vulnerable people in the North West!

Contact HURT on 02871369696 or email dessie@hurtni.org.uk or tina_burns@hotmail.com for further information……


BIG thanks to the Rathmor 50+ who raised £200 for HURT, well done and thank you from all the staff at HURT x


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HURT Training & Development Services

HURT (Have Your Tomorrows), has now become an independent training organisation.  Qualifications are now offered through TQUK—Training Qualifications UK,  a leading provider of Accredited National Qualifications.

We offer courses to individuals and organisations seeking to develop and empower their skills, knowledge and experience.

HURT has been a leading organisation in the Substance Misuse Intervention arena for 14 years and during that time has come to the realisation that learning and empowerment are key factors in helping people to move forward.

As well as the courses listed, Hurt, can organise and teach  a wide range of  qualifications or create bespoke training for your organisation.

Consultation services are also available, should your organisation wish to consider developing and implementing a drug and alcohol policy.


CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Counselling with Substance Misuse Theory & Interventions. (Must have L4 counselling qualification.)

This course consists of 20 days training either on a 10    weekend basis or 35 weeks of 3½ hours per week.

Approved at Specialist Training Level by the National  Counselling Society.

This course looks at the theory and practice of working with people presenting with substance misuse issues.  It proposes an Integrative model of practice.


OCN L2 Drug and Alcohol Awareness.

This is an online drug and alcohol awareness programme designed for schools and community groups.  It has 3 credit points and can be used in conjunction with other level 2 credits toward the completion of an OCN Level 2 complete qualification.

Level 1 Award in Alcohol Awareness (RQF)

Designed for learners who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of alcohol, it’s use and misuse. It develops and recognises learners’ personal knowledge and skills which can be applied to aspects of every day and working life.


Level 1 Award in Substance Misuse Awareness.

Designed for learners who wish to develop an understanding of which substances are commonly misused and why; how to recognise possible signs of substance misuse; the social and personal effects of substance misuse and the perceptions of and responses to substance misuse.


 Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse (RQF)

Designed for learners who are looking for further knowledge in understanding sub stance misuse within the Health and Social Care industry sector, this level 3 certificate will provide them with the key skills they need to be successful. Including understanding drug use; facts, effects, symptoms and attitudes, understanding responses to substance misuse and understanding alcohol.


Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling Theories

Designed for learners who are looking for an introduction to counselling theories within the health and social care industry, this level 2 award will provide them with the key skills they need to be successful – including the describing of key elements of psychodynamic theory and person-centred theory.


Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (RQF)

Designed for learners who are looking to further their knowledge in counselling skills within the health and social care industry, this level 2 certificate will provide them with the key skills they need to be successful – including an introduction to counselling skills theories and how to apply diversity and ethics in the use of       counselling skills.


 Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills & Personal  Development(RQF)

Designed for learners who are looking to further their knowledge in counselling skills and personal development within the health and social care industry, this level 2 award will provide them with the key skills they need to be successful – including the identifying of motivation for helping others, benefits of giving and receiving feedback for personal development and how to develop skills and qualities in the future.


Level 1 Certificate in Wellbeing (RQF)

Designed for learners who are looking to for an introduction to well-being within the health and social care industry, this level 1 certificate will provide them with the key skills they need to be successful – including introduction to stress management, awareness of mental health and awareness of substance misuse.


 Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness (RQF)

Designed for learners who are looking to further their knowledge of mental health awareness within the Health and Social Care industry sector, this level 2 certificate will provide learners with the key skills necessary to be successful. Including the understanding of stress, anxiety, bipolar disorder, dementia and depression.


Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Working in Mental Health (RQF)

Designed for learners who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding     relating to working in the mental health sector, including approaches to care, duties of care and mental health issues.


 Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health Care (RQF)

Designed for learners whose job involves supporting people with mental health  problems and who wish to gain an understanding of mental health problems and how to care for, support and manage risks for individuals with mental health problems.


Community Based Drug and Alcohol Training.

This is a 4 week training programme to help members of the community understand the effects of drug and alcohol—the signs and symptoms.


Train The Trainer

This is a two day course in training to deliver the Community Based Drug and    Alcohol Training.  This empowers community workers to be able to deliver information sessions on drug and alcohol use, abuse and misuse.



HURT is able to offer Mindfulness groups and workshops within the community.


Youth Mindfulness.

HURT have a Trainer Teacher of Youth Mindfulness.  This is a 16 hour 8 week programme for 7 to 11 year olds and covers the necessary skills and training to develop resilience and self esteem.


MoodMaster Groups.

MoodMaster programmes are CBT based, as recommended by NICE guidelines. They are also written in line with Compassion Focused thinking, and ACT.

Moodmaster Programme Leaders  are licensed to run the following programmes as many times as they want for a full 12 months:

  1. Depression (12 sessions)
    2. Anxiety, Stress and Worry (12 sessions)
    3. Irritability and Anger (12 sessions)
    4. Emotional Control (12 sessions)
    5. General Mental Robustness (28 sessions).

    The input is based primarily on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which is generally accepted as the leading approach in this sphere. For its success it relies upon the person (a) knowing key information and (b) acting on it. The programmes are designed to help you achieve both of those as quickly and easily for your colleagues as possible.

    The idea is simple, namely to provide a forum for people to reflect on what they do – both successful and unsuccessful – and to enable group leaders to provide attractive, relevant, material to deliver to group members.


Corporate & Business



HURT is able to offer a wide range of services to Business Development and Training.

 Through the accumulated knowledge, skills, expertise and training of the HURT professionals, we are in a position to offer tailored services, meeting the needs of the ever expanding business market.


Coaching and Development packages can help when working with staff members who are preparing to move into management or in transition into retirement.  Skills development through the use of psychometric  assessment and focused coaching.


EAP (Employee Assistance Programmes): HURT is able to offer various forms of EAP programmes, either through one to one interventions or group awareness sessions.  This can take the form of counselling, psychotherapy or specific issue management.


Consultation: This can take the form of developing a particular policy for the workplace.  As a specialised centre HURT is aware that drug and alcohol policies are become more necessary in the workplace due to the lack of knowledge and understanding of the effects of substances on the individual.  HURT will work with you to develop a bespoke policy that works for you and your staff.


Bespoke Services.  Through consultation with a HURT Team Member we will work at identifying your specific requirements within the context of your organisation. Please call us on 02871369696 for more information…..


Upcoming Course – Mindfulness 1 Day Workshop!

Foundation Skills in Mindfulness.


Would you like to learn how to become more Mindful in your life?


Would you like to learn a set of skills to help you  manage your moods better?


HURT is running a 1 day Workshop


Foundation Skills in Mindfulness


Location:  St  Columb’s Park House


Date:  1st July 2017


9.30 to 3.30


Cost £80


Certificate of Attendance Available

Dr Hugh M Quigley PhD  has trained as a Mindfulness teacher and is a Youth Mindfulness Teacher. Hugh has taught mindfulness groups for  relapse prevention, mindful parenting and depression and anxiety.

Places Limited.

To Book your place:

Contact: Dessie 02871369696



Worrying trend for people using our services, there is an increase in Cocaine use and we would like to high light the dangers associated with mixing street cocaine.

Most people know cocaine is a stimulant that can make you feel alert, energetic, and elated. Whether you snort, smoke, or inject it, cocaine has a number of side effects and carries a number of health risks—from cardiovascular problems to the development of substance addiction. These effects are compounded and made more dangerous when mixed with other drugs.

What Happens to Your Body and Brain When You Combine Different Drugs?

Mix coke and booze if you want to damage your heart. Weed and alcohol, if you want to make yourself dizzy and sick. MDMA and acid if you want to go temporarily insane.

People don’t often take their drugs in isolation. In fact, poly substance use—tends to be the norm rather than the exception for most drug users.


This is a pretty common combination, with many casual cocaine users only really taking the drug if they’ve already been drinking. Unsurprisingly—given that one’s an upper and one’s a downer—it’s not a mix that’s very good for your heart, or your general wellbeing. However, it does create a whole new different kind of high in itself, which is possibly why so many people end up reaching for their phones once they’ve got a few beers inside them. Mixed together it is called Cocaethylene.


The highest risk from this combination comes from people not recognizing their drug problem.

If you drink half a bottle of wine and take four codeine tablets, and you think, ‘I don’t have a problem,” But actually, the combination of those has a huge risk of overdose.  Lots of people would be on prescription opiates and Bezos, but [combined with alcohol] they can quickly make you stop breathing.”


Ketamine, commonly used as a veterinary tranquilizing agent,

Alcohol hugely increases the bladder problems triggered by ketamine because of the dehydration. Also, it gets you sedated and you lose your balance, which increases the risk of getting into a K-hole.” The K-hole effect can happen as soon as 10 to 20 minutes after taking the drug. Users first experience an inability to move followed by a total disconnect from physical sensations as hallucinations start to take shape. The inability to move when on ketamine accounts for its classification as a date rape drug.



When heroin and cocaine are abused concurrently, this comorbid use is called “speed balling. And while cocaine can decrease the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid addiction the combination greatly increases the odds of a fatal overdose.


Weed is the most common [substance] people take to get rid of a nasty [MDMA] comedown they smoke weed or take sleeping pills at the end of the night.”

The main risk this poses would be making you anxious and paranoid, compounding the anxiety and paranoia


Methoxetamine (MXE) we know that it is chemically related to ‘dissociative anaesthetics’ like ketamine and PCP, and therefore has similar effects and risks. From anecdotal reports, MXE appears to be much stronger than ketamine, suggesting a higher risk of overdose. It is likely that mixing MXE with alcohol will have a similar effect to mixing ketamine with alcohol, this can dangerously affect the way you breathe and how your heart works, and can lead to unconsciousness, which can be even more dangerous if vomit is inhaled. If high doses are taken, it can cause death.

Like all drugs, you can never be entirely sure that what you’re using is actually MXE and not something with different effects and risks.


Drug users think that it is OK to down a couple of drinks and then smoke a joint, or two. What often happens is that the user at the end of night is not actually aware of the amount of drugs and alcohol taken, which can result with intoxication.

When alcohol and marijuana enter the body through different paths and may act differently, but their effects can overlap. Feeling kind of numb, a bit dizzy, losing track of time and space…Both drugs symptoms complement each other. But when combined, weed and alcohol can result in high rate of errors and accidents due to real time functioning and rational thinking impairment on specific tasks. The combination of alcohol and marijuana can results in major impact on the central nervous system (CNS). Here are some of the most common symptoms: changes in emotional behaviour, compromised judgment, concentration severely drops down, decreased attention, perception and memory, impaired motor coordination, thinking and problem solving, memory loss

Remember all drugs carry risks and you never know how you’ll react to a drug so it’s a bit of a lottery, please do not mix drugs and alcohol.

Darkness Into Light 2017

Darkness Into Light Derry 2017…..

What a Magnificent Event! Derry’s 2nd year and what a amazing turn out!

We would like to thank everyone who took part.

Special thanks to the staff of Sainsbury’s Maria, Christine and John for making this such a special occasion, for allowing us to use the restaurant facilities which allowed people to come together after the walk.

Also a special thanks to the Encore choir for their beautiful music, to Kelly’s Centra Trench Road, Derry for the lovely buns and pastries, the committee for their hard work and dedication, fundraising staff and volunteers for arranging the event and for everyone who contributed in any way to make this event so special.

We would like to thank everyone who took part in the walk and made it all possible, it was a brilliant turn out for our town we are so proud of each and everyone of you.

Thank you Jean Rodgers for supplying the car stickers and posters.

Let’s make this even bigger next year!

From all the staff at HURT. x

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Supporters of the Darkness Into Light Walk/Run 2017


A big thank you to everyone who supported the Darkness into Light walk for HURT & Pieta House….


Left to Right…Hilary McClintock, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council & Dessie Kyle (HURT Manager), Independent Councillor Darren O’Reilly, Sonya Conlon NWRC, Eoghan Moore and Charmaine Moore of Big Moo Design & the Staff of Inspire



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HURT Donation



HURT would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to the Irish Dance Teachers Derry/Donegal Branch An Comhdhail for their kind donation of £700, well done and many thanks from all the staff at HURT :)