Having a say in Mental Health Services – Coffee Morning in Letterkenny

Have you had experience with the mental health services whether as a service user, family member, carer or supporter of someone with a mental health needs?

The purpose of the HSE’s Mental Health Engagement team is to provide a welcoming space for people with experience of using mental health services and those who support them to identify and deliberate on the issues important to them. The Mental Health Services can then use this information and the expertise of people with lived experience to influence the design, development and evaluation of services.

One way this is done is through the Local Forum, a monthly meeting of people wioth a diverse range of experience in Mental Health Services. The Donegal Local Forum will be holding a coffee morning and information session on the Local Forum on Monday 13th August from 11am – 1pm in Motley Crow Anti-Café, Station Roundabout, Ramelton Road, Letterkenny and there is an open invitation to all with an interest in Mental Health, that includes staff, service users, family members, carers and supporters.

There will be an opportunity to hear from service providers and people with lived experience on the day and there will be health based information and materials available from a range of local providers.

Contact Patrick Nwaokorie on patrick.nwaokorie@hse.ie or text 087 3512009 to register for this event

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Infant Mental Health Awareness Week runs from June 13th-19th.           

This week provides an opportunity to focus attention on the wellbeing, social and emotional development of our babies and young children. It highlights the importance of early relationships and a relationship based approach to interventions with infants and families. As our understanding of IMH and its evidence base develops, so also does our knowledge of how to apply this knowledge and an ‘IMH lens’ to interactions with infants, parents and caregivers in health and social services. 

What is infant mental health?

Infant Mental health (IMH) refers to the healthy social and emotional development of Infants starting at conception up to three years of age.

The first 1000 days of life are recognised as a critical period of opportunity to support infant mental health. Decades of research have shown that it is the quality of the early caregiver relationship that is a significant determinant of the infant’s healthy social and emotional development and in turn physical health, right up to adulthood.

 

The National Healthy Childhood Programme has embedded IMH as the foundation of the development of its resources and in the approach of the delivery of the universal child health service. This embedding of key messages can be seen in the My Child suite of books (www.mychild.ie/books) and also on www.MyChild.ie  where key messages around bonding and relationship building have been embedded for the parent/caregiver.

 

In clinical practice the topic of IMH has been included for the first time in the National Standardised Child Health Record. To build on this, the National Healthy Childhood Programme have just completed a suite of three eLearning units which are now available on HSEland for healthcare practitioners / caregivers who are working with children and families.  

 

Throughout the week you will see videos and key IMH messaging being promoted on the HSE MyChild social media pages ( Facebook / Instagram ). Keep an eye out in the National Newspapers for articles from our experts also. (IrishTimes article)  

 

In addition The National Healthy Childhood Programme have developed a series of ten practical videos with HSE expert advice which are now available on YouTube and on the relevant pages on the www.mychild.ie website.

These videos (2-3 minutes each) are aimed at parents/guardians of children (0 – 3 years).

These new video resources are available here while lots more expert advice for every step of pregnancy, baby and toddler health can also be found at www.mychild.ie

There are a suite of posters available focusing on the promotion of IMH messaging to order from healthy.childhood@hse.ie

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