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"EIP Team Sligo and importance of IPS"

About: Sligo/Leitrim Mental Health Services

(as a parent/guardian),

As a parent of a son who is attending the EIP (Early Intervention in Psychosis Team) program in Sligo, I have to say I'd be totally lost without the help and support I've received myself from the team. I know other parents in different parts of the country who don't have access to this program and it's almost impossible for them to get any help or answers to their concerns and they feel very much abandoned.

The IPS  worker in Sligo was one of the most helpful members of the team especially in the early days when it was a daily struggle just to encourage my son to take his medication. Ian would pick him up and just take him for a drive, have a chat and just put him at his ease. He was in regular contact helping him to find work and staying in touch to see how he was getting on.

There were quite a few times that my son cancelled appointments with the team in the early days but they were all patient and understanding and let him reschedule and come back when he was ready.

I can't thank the team enough for their support for both me and my son over the last year.

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Response from Regina McNamee, Eolas Coordinator/Social Worker, Sligo Leitrim Mental Health Service, Sligo Leitrim Mental Health Services 2 years ago
Regina McNamee
Eolas Coordinator/Social Worker, Sligo Leitrim Mental Health Service,
Sligo Leitrim Mental Health Services
Submitted on 30/05/2022 at 12:17
Published on Care Opinion on 31/05/2022 at 09:36

Dear SKSligo,

Thank you for taking the time to feedback on your recent attendance at the 8 week Eolas Informed Psycho-Educational Family Programme. We are delighted that you are having a positive experience with the Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) National Clinical Programme.

Sligo/Leitrim/South Donegal is one of 3 pilot sites for the implementation of this evidence based programme which is aimed at improving services for people who develop, or are identified as being at high risk of developing psychotic disorders.

The research has indicated that each year in Ireland, approximately 1,300 adults and 230 adolescents develop a psychosis for the first time. The availability of the EIP interventions at this early stage of diagnosis leads to better outcomes for service users and their families, with lower levels of symptom severity and lower risks of progression to more enduring stages of psychosis.

We are glad to hear that your son has benefited from the invaluable interventions provided by the IPS (Individual Placement and Support) Worker Ian. In conjunction with the designated EIP keyworkers, family interventions, CBT-P (cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis), physical health monitoring, the IPS component is proving to make a significant impact on the person's recovery journey.

Ian's role looks at providing occupational supports and knowledge around assisting the person to get back into paid employment as soon as possible. We are consistently receiving really positive feedback on the importance of this strand of the EIP programme.

We really hope you and your son continue to feel supported in your journey with EIP, which is an important intervention available through the local Mental Health Services.

Thank you again for taking the time to give us this feedback,

Regina McNamee,

Coru Reg: SW002448.

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