The Public Health Agency (PHA) was established in April 2009 as part of the reforms to Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland. We are the major regional organisation for health protection and health and social wellbeing improvement. Our role also commits us to addressing the causes and associated inequalities of preventable ill-health and lack of wellbeing. We are a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional body with a strong regional and local presence.


In fulfilling our mandate to protect public health, improve public health and social wellbeing, and reduce inequalities in health and social wellbeing, the PHA works within an operational framework of three areas: Public Health, Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, and Operations. Our corporate and business plans reflect these arrangements and our purpose as an organisation.

Public Health

Nursing and Allied Health Professions



  • Image of Lifeline poster

    Lifeline leaflet and poster

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    This leaflet and poster provide brief information on how to contact the Lifeline crisis response helpline and what support Lifeline can provide to those in distress or despair. More information is available on the Lifeline website at www
  • Cover of Support for an unexpected death leaflet

    Support following an unexpected death

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    This leaflet provides brief information on sources of support following an unexpected death, including the HSC Bereavement Network and the Bereaved by Suicide support services in each Trust. It also directs people to an online copy of the booklet
  • Concerned about suicide?

    Concerned about suicide?

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    This leaflet contains information on what you can say and do to help someone who may be thinking of suicide. It highlights the warning signs, explains the feelings a suicidal person can have and provides a step-by-step guide to having a conversation

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