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Northern Ireland charities Action Mental Health and New Life Counselling pooling their resources in new merger

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Two local charities are merging  in the hope of promoting better mental health (stock picture)

Two local charities are merging in the hope of promoting better mental health (stock picture)

Two local charities are merging in the hope of promoting better mental health (stock picture)

Two local charities are merging in the hope of promoting better mental health.

Action Mental Health and New Life Counselling said the merger, pencilled in for April 1, would mean better resources.

It will also mean they are no longer competing for funding from the same sources.

The charities said they would use their joint £7.5m income to support "Northern Ireland's spiralling mental health needs and work to address the issue of suicide across the region".

New Life Counselling will integrate into Action Mental Health and will cease to be an independent charity.

The organisation will in future be known as AMH New Life Counselling.

A spokeswoman said there were between 7,000 and 12,000 charities operating across Northern Ireland.

Many of these groups work for the same causes but are forced to compete against one another for funding.

Northern Ireland has seen approximately 15 charity mergers in the past five years.

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