About Find Help NI
Find Help NI is here to help you help yourself.
Finding local community support for life’s challenges and finding new ways to help yourself towards a happier, healthier you.
We’re here for every step of your journey towards greater wellbeing, whether that’s showing up for yourself everyday or knowing where to turn for support in moments of crisis.
We’re here for the good days and the bad.

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.
Over the years, 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 and they realised many people don’t know about the great community and voluntary services available in their area.
From there, the idea for Find Help NI was sparked! It was born out of an idea for creating a Northern Ireland-based digital self-help platform that could provide a hub of helpful resources alongside a directory of local services.

Find Help NI’s journey soon took off!

Using our network of therapists and fellow community organisations, Find Help NI brings together a directory of local support with urgent help and offers a helping hand in the form of advice, tips and inspiring stories to help people get the most out of life.

Meet the Team

Cara Swanston


After leaving school, Cara studied as an accountant. Continuing on, she worked in finance and financial management for 10 years, predominantly in the charitable sector. Feeling unfulfilled in her work life, she went on to study to become a counsellor. Bringing together her financial management skills and her new skills working with complex mental health issues with adults, it seemed a natural progression to start her one charitable organisation. Together with Pamela Kirkpatrick, they have worked tirelessly to bring innovative mental health and wellness initiatives to their communities.
“Everyone is totally unique, the things we all want and need are so diverse. But ultimately, underlying most of our wants and needs, is a sense of wanting to feel connected and empowered. Like we are in control of our own destiny, and that we are not alone. And from this thinking findhelpni.com was born”

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 and local support. As a therapist, she has been able to devise the kind of content that provides people support when they need it most.
“We wanted Find Help NI to empower people to support themselves and to support them in finding the right service at the right time.”


PR & Communications Manager

Alena is our PR & Communications Manager who is passionate about inclusivity and advocating for better mental health for everyone. If you want to feature in our directory, get involved in our Spotlight stories, contribute to our Inspire Me or Young Hub sections, or if you think Find Help NI could work together with your organisation, drop her an email


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.


Tech support

Chris is a member of our tech support team, who puts his techy know-how into working magic on the backend and frontend of Find Help NI. He makes sure our website cogs are spinning and that everything is working as it should.


Graphic & WEB dESIGN Design

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