"Anxiety Management Group"

About: Sligo Adult Community Mental Health Services

(as a service user),

As a service user of Sligo/Leitrim Mental Health Services I was invited to and attended a six week Anxiety Management Group in the Day Hospital in Markievicz House, Sligo. Overall I would rate this programme as excellent. The content met my needs, it was organised and presented clearly. I found it of value in updating my skills to utilize in my recovery.

Generally the facilitator Maria was very competent and confident and generated a good atmosphere. It may have been good actually to have more participants. Or also some sessions could have been longer but that may not have been practical. Also the attendance of student/trainee nurses was a slight flaw. Be better if trainee nurses sitting in on sessions were kept constant I. e. same people every week to strengthen team spirit.

I can only speak for myself and I am glad I attended and I felt supported. It was much more helpful for me than some appointments I have had with rotating doctors in the service.

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Responses

Response from Niall McDonald, Clinical Nurse Manager of the Community Mental Health Team, Sligo Leitrim Mental Health Service, Health Service Executive We are preparing to make a change

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Thank you Dave for taking the time to provide your valuable feedback regarding the anxiety management group you attended in Markievcz house. I have passed on your comments to Maria and other relevant staff.

The anxiety management group is a six week group for those experiencing mild to moderate anxiety symtons. Generrally people are referred to the group through their community mental health teams.

I appreciated your comment on the small group attendance. Ideally we aim to have numbers of maximum 8 people and minimum of 6 and similar numbers were offered and confirmed their attendance with this group.

The duration of group sessions are schedule for a continuous 90minutes but we take on board your feedback for longer sessions. We may introduce a trial for longer group sessions, with a break and monitor the effectivness.

In relation to your comments regarding the attendance of different student nurses. Although it is important for students to gain experience in all clinical settings we do feel your point regarding unity of the service user groups as valid and will aim to rectify this in the future.

In relation to your dissatisfaction with your scheduled appointments and rotating doctors, May I suggest you speak with your key worker, who may facilitate a change in this.

Again thank you for taking the time to provide your valuable feedback.

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