Category: Mental Health

Health Fair – My Health Matters.

Health Fair Poster_AkiDwA

Health Fair Invitation   

My Health Matters!

To mark the Irish Heart Month, AkiDwA in partnership with Cairde are organizing a Health Fair Day. Free health checks and self-care will be delivered; besides, some healthy snacks and refreshment will be available.

Objectives: to raise awareness of good health.

Date: September 13, 2019.

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm. 

Venue: St. Agatha’s Hall, Dunne Street, Dublin 1.

 

Services to be delivered: 

Health Fair Invitation
My Health Matters!

To mark the Irish Heart Month, AkiDwA in partnership with Cairde are organizing a Health Fair Day. Free health checks and self-care will be delivered; besides, some healthy snacks and refreshment will be available.

Objectives: to raise awareness of good health.

Date: September 13, 2019.
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm.
Venue: St. Agatha’s Hall, Dunne Street, Dublin 1.

Services to be delivered:
Free health checks Free health information Free self-care

 Blood glucose  Drug and Alcohol  Pilates or Yoga session
 Cholesterol  Hepatitis C Programme  Eyebrow Threading
 Weigh-in  Dental health  Manicure
 Acupuncture  Cancer  Henna
 Reflexology  Heart disease  Indian Head massage
 Mental Health  Neck & shoulder massage
 HIV and treatment
 Nutrition

Furthermore, two mobile units will be providing their services: Irish Heart Foundation and Marie Keating Foundation (cancer information).

 

PS: for further information, please contact Nenette 018349851

Critical Voices Ireland Conference 13th and 14th November 2019 call for abstracts.

‘CHALLENGING MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEMS: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES FROM INSIDE OUT AND OUTSIDE IN’

13 AND 14 NOVEMBER 2019

BROOKFIELD HEALTH SCIENCES COMPLEX, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, IRELAND

SCHOOL OF APPLIED SOCIAL STUDIES AND SCHOOL OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, IRELAND, IN ASSOCIATION WITH CRITICAL VOICES NETWORK IRELAND

 

FINAL CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Abstracts invited for oral presentations/workshops of 45 minutes’ duration related to the conference theme, outlining its aims and intentions. Please email abstract (in Word- 250 words max) and bio (in Word – 150 words max) by 16 September 2019 to l.sapouna@ucc.ie

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Booking: Email Harry Gijbels at h.gijbels@ucc.ie and make sure you give your name, and indicate the day(s) you wish to attend (either Wednesday 13 November, Thursday 14 November, or both days). Booking will be confirmed by return email. Please bring the booking confirmation slip with you to the conference registration desk on the day(s) you are attending.

CONFERENCE THEME

Dissatisfaction with mainstream mental health systems, as well as attempts, from both within and outside, to find different ways to support people in distress, have been well documented over the years. This year’s conference explores critical perspectives from both within and outside mental health systems, considers the struggles, challenges and barriers people have experienced at developing new approaches, and examines what it means to be on the inside and/or outside of different spaces, such as inside/outside service use, inside/outside academia, and inside/outside different knowledges.  Innovations in service delivery, in education, and in activism will be explored, set within the wider context of critical debates on contested areas in mental health.

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

John Cromby, Professor of Psychology, University of Leicester; Alison Faulkner, independent survivor researcher, England; Fionn Fitzpatrick, community development worker/ activist, Dublin; Anne O’Donnell, community educator/activist, Edinburgh; Fiona Venner, Chief Executive of Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service; Robert Whitaker, journalist, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic, founder of www.madinamerica.com.

Conference details regularly updated on http://www.cvni.ie/index.php/conference-2019

The Conference organisers are Lydia Sapouna, School of Applied Social Studies and Harry Gijbels (retired), Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland.  

Review of the Your Service Your Say Complaints process within the Mental Health Services division

The National Complaints Governance and Learning Team (NCGLT) which is a division within QAV of the HSE are commencing a review of the Your Service Your Say Complaints process within the Mental Health Services division over the coming months.  The purpose of this review will be to establish the extent to which Mental Health Services comply, with the requirements set out in Part 9 of the Health Act 2004 and the HSE’s policy ‘Your Service Your Say (YSYS) The Management of Service User Feedback for Comments, Compliments and Complaints, HSE Policy 2017’.  This review will include an assessment into the overall quality of responses provided to complainants and evidence of any learning identified by the service itself.

As part of this review we now have an online survey available via the platform Survey Monkey which is available for service users of HSE Mental Health Services to complete. It is hoped that the information gathered through this survey will provide an indication of how service user’s found the process of making a complaint, and if they felt supported and communicated to throughout this process.

 

Service User Survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8CMW5XY

It is also the intention of the review team to establish if:

  • Service users feel safe making a complaint or do they fear negative repercussions as a result?
  •  The complaints system is accessible/easy to use/promoted within the service?
  •  Advocacy services are signposted?
  • Complainants feel listened to and respected?
  • Complainants have confidence that anything will change as a result of complaining?
  • Complaints are investigated in a transparent and impartial way?
  • There is evidence of organisational learning as a result of the complaint?
  • There is evidence of accountability for performance issues?

I would be most obliged , if you could notify any interested parties/ service users within your remit that the service user survey is now available online at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8CMW5XY

Any queries relating to these surveys can be forwarded to Ciara.hughes@hse.ie

A report by the Mental Health Commission on the ‘Physical Health of People with Serious Mental Illness’

Primetime did a piece on this last week and John Kelly was asked by the Mental Health Commission to do an interview for the piece, giving the story of someone who has ‘come out the other side’ (for want of a better term)  health wise of what the commission termed to me as an ‘ovemedicalised system.’
While John was challenged by and subsequently challenged the name and messaging of the report, John felt it important to get the message across that just because someone is diagnosed with a condition, that it isn’t necessarily the case that they will remain ill, given the right environment, supports and opportunities.
For the Primetime piece, please see the link below: