Category: Dual Diagnosis

Building Personal Worth and Connection

The Building Personal Worth and Connection course finished up on Friday, what a day, what a course. Thanks to the wonderful group, Wendy and Robert for their fantastic facilitation skills, McGrath Housing for their wonderful community room and Granby sausages for the sausages on the last day.   This course was run as part of the project which is Erasmus+ funded.


Capacity Building – A Community Response to Dual Diagnosis in North East Inner City, Dublin

We are delighted to announce that we launched the Integrated community care pathway for Dual Diagnosis along with a supportive services map on the 20th July. The North East Inner City has great potential to become a beacon of hope as a trauma informed community that promotes and celebrates recovery.  We would like to thank the community for their support throughout the project and raise awareness of recovery by celebrating the launch in the local Community space that is D-Light Studios. Join us for conversation with Trauma experts Dr Liam MacGabhann and Dr Sharon Lambert, music from local talent and rising musician Ciarán Moran with local guests on the day.

The pathway and map have been co-created by the community for the community through meaningful engagement including forums, workshops and core group meetings over the last nine months.

The goal of the pathway and map is to provide

– A visual resource on what a pathway for support and recovery might look like. Promoting integrated ways of working that encourage interagency collaboration in supporting an individual and/or families person centred journey of recovery

– A user-friendly resource map for finding information about local community services that can support people through all stages when experiencing issues regarding mental health and substance use. Information will include service details, specific contacts, opening hours, what supports services offer, how to refer etc

Click here for the interactive pdf  Dual Diagnosis care pathway

Click here for access to the map

Click Capacity-Building-Response-Document published

Seeking Safety Peer Researchers

We have had the great pleasure of meeting the Seeking Safety Team and working with them for three days on their peer research training. The researchers are undertaking research on the Seeking Safety Project. We loved the tasty cake that said “best research team”.

The Seeking Safety programme was established in November 2022 through the National Clinical Programme for Dual Diagnosis. Its initial focus is on women with mental health substance and trauma lived experience. The aim of the programme is to provide peer support and run the Seeking Safety porgramme groups.The workers are in seven HSE Community Healthcare Organisations (CHOs) in partnership with HSE-funded agencies (host orgnaisaions).
There are 7 host organisations, with each organisation employing one Seeking Safety Project Worker. The host organisations are:
• Ballyfermot Star, Drumfinn Park, Drumfinn, Ballyfermot, Co. Dublin
• Ballymun Star, The Horizons Centre, Balcurris Road, Ballymun, Dublin 11,
• Reddoor Project, St. Marys Convent School, Dublin Rd, Drogheda, Co. Louth
• Roscommon Women’s Network, Unit 5, The Old Mill, Castlerea, Co Roscommon. F45 TN82
• Ruhama, 4 Castle St, Dublin 2
• SAOL Project, 58 Amiens St., Dublin 1
• Sophia Housing, 25 Cork Street, Dublin 8

Pictures from the Joining the dots event

On Monday the 15th May we hosted  “Join The Dots”  a North East Inner City stakeholder event in the Communication Worker’s Union on the North Circular Road. This Event was an opportunity for local organisations to come together and cocreate the process for an integrated care pathway for Dual Diagnosis Recovery in the Community. The North East Inner City is a vibrant community however, statistically the community experiences higher levels of disadvantage than Dublin City and the rest of Ireland. There are high levels of poverty resulting in marginalization of communities which ultimately has a knock off affect for the residents and community members. As a result of living with such adversity, issues with Mental health and Substance use can be a side affect. This can have a ripple affect on families and the community creating a negative cycle. When it comes to Dual Diagnosis, there are many community projects in the North East Inner City that are providing supports for individuals and families across all areas – prevention, intervention, treatment and Recovery Supports. The aim of this session was to bring these services together to develop a pathway for people that means they can avail of the supports these services have to offer in a holistic and integrated way.