"Eolas Sligo Leitrim"

About: Sligo/Leitrim Mental Health Services

(as a parent/guardian),

Missing you all and the family support programme already. Still processing all that we learned and still touched by the personal journeys, many of which were much  more challenging than our own. It certainly put things in perspective. Though still reeling from our own particular introduction to Psychosis and still so concerned for our darling loved one we have absolutely found consolation, sound support and practical help in the Eolas programme and feel far less panicked and much better equipped to manage things as they arise and to provide our so deserving loved one with respectful and more knowledgeable support. Difficult to believe we won't have a session next week but we learned so much and felt so accepted and supported and safe x

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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 25/05/2022 at 18:16
Published on Care Opinion on 26/05/2022 at 08:43

Dear Eolas Attendee,

Thank you for taking the time to share such a heartfelt response on the recent 8 Week Eolas Informed Family Psycho-Educational Programme. It is great to hear that your time spent attending this group programme has given you a sense of support around dealing with your loved ones experiences of a first episode of psychosis. The 8 weeks online programme which was facilitated jointly with a family member with lived experiences of dealing with psychosis, has been available to attend in the Sligo/Leitrim/South Donegal Mental Health Services since 2015. We are committed locally to continuing to have this invaluable support available for families and their loved ones with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or psychosis. Going forward we will endeavour to have this back up and running in person (or a blended approach) in order to further enhance the sense of support, hope and connection families attending feel when they share their experiences in a safe & confidential environment. We hope you gained a lot of valuable information from the Consultant Psychiatrist's talk on psychosis, the Mental Health Pharmacists discussion, Authorised Officer's update and the feedback from the perspective of the Service User who kindly shared their experiences of psychosis.

The Sligo/Leitrim/South Donegal Mental Health Services also run an 8 Week Eolas Informed Service Users Programme which is co-facilitated with a clinician and someone with lived experience of psychosis. More information on both of these programmes is available on eolasproject.ie which includes a breakdown of the topics covered during the 8 weeks.

Thank you again for your positive feedback on the programme, if you require any further support as a family member please also remember to stay in good contact with your Community Mental Health/EIP Team supports.

Kind Regards,

Regina McNamee, Senior Social Worker/EIP Keyworker,

Early Intervention in Psychosis, Sligo/Leitrim/South Donegal Mental Health Services.

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