“Every voice counts”: Local forums ongoing for mental health service users, their families, carers and supporters in the South East
HSE/South East Community Healthcare, as part of its ongoing work with people who use mental health services and with their family members, carers and supporters, are facilitating online forums in counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.
The local forums, the meetings of which take place by Zoom (at 1.5 hours duration), are a resource for service users and family members, carers and supporters to voice their experiences, raise issues and be consulted and involved in mental health services developments in their area.
HSE/South East Community Healthcare’s Area Lead for Mental Health Engagement Paul Fallon is encouraging people to participate in what he calls a re-imaging of an important engagement throughout Covid-19 restrictions, when physical gatherings are not possible:
“We want to hear from people around the South East as to how we can further develop mechanisms for engagement of service users, their family members and carers – and to allow for their involvement in the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of mental health services.”
“When physically meeting, these forums were coming from the community and representing the voices of those with experience of our services. The membership included service users, family members and carers and others who may be invited to attend. We are continuing, on a virtual/remote basis, with this very important project.”
Details on how to register for and access the meetings are available by contacting Bridget Walsh at the Area Lead for Mental Health Engagement office by phone on (056) 772 0591, by text at (086) 781 2951 or e-mail: Bridget.Walsh6@hse.ie
The upcoming programme of Forum meetings (each taking place by Zoom) are:
- Kilkenny: 6pm-7.30pm, Tuesday 10th November.
- Waterford: 6pm-7.30pm, Thursday 12th November.
- South Tipperary: 6pm-7.30pm, Tuesday 17th November.
- Carlow: 6pm-7.30pm, Thursday 19th November.
- Wexford: 6pm-7.30pm, Tuesday 24th November.
For more information, see: https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/4/mental-health-services/mentalhealthengagement/