"Eolas Programme Sligo Mental Health Service Pt 4"

About: Sligo Leitrim Mental Health Services

(as a staff member posting for a carer/relative),

Feedback from a Spouse who attended the Eolas programme in Sligo recently was:

" I was refered to the Eolas programme for family members by the South Leitrim Mental Health Team. Thank you for a very enjoyable experience. It was enlightening in many respects.

Eolas felt very beneficial yet I feel that there is a long long way to go when it comes to discrimination - I feel it would be good to have this programme as a module in primary and secondary schools, definitely secondary. The staff and students would benefit.

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Responses

Response from Joanne O'Halloran, Clinical Psychologist, Sligo Leitrim Mental Health Service, HSE

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It's great to receive such positive feedback about the Eolas Programme which is provided by Sligo/Leitrim/South Donegal/West Cavan mental health service.

Eolas is a programme for service users with a diagnosis of Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder and their families/close friends. The programme consists of two parallel programmes, each lasting 8 weeks, a programme for services users and a programme for families/close friends. They are delivered by two co-facilitators, one of whom is a peer facilitator (I.e. a service user or family member) and the other a clinician.

The Eolas programme is available to those who attend the Sligo/Leitrim/South Donegal/West Cavan Mental Health Services and to their families. For further information on this, we advise people to talk to their key-worker or any member of their community mental health team.

In recent years the need to promote mental health awareness in our schools and amongst young people is being highlighted. There are some very good initiatives organised locally throughout the country to educate and encourage children to understand and be able to talk about difficulties they may be experiencing. Certainly there is much more needed to be done in this area but I do believe we are going the right direction in developing a greater understanding amongst society about mental health issues.

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