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16 Jul, 2018

Support for family members affected by the alcohol or substance misuse of others within their family

Is someone within your family misusing drugs or alcohol? Is that misuse impacting on you and other family members? The Donegal Addiction Service in partnership with Family Members and the National Family Support Network have recently set up a family support group in Letterkenny. The group currently meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month […]

7 Dec, 2017

Anam Cara evening for bereaved parents in Letterkenny

Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, will hold its next monthly Parent Evening on Thursday 14th of December from 19:30 to 21:00 in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal (please note change of venue). Anam Cara offers a safe and comfortable setting where you can ‘drop the mask’ and be yourself among […]

20 Nov, 2017

Mevagh Family Resource Centre

Mevagh Family Resource Centre is based in Downings, County Donegal. Since our foundation in 1998 we have established the centre as the area’s natural focal point by providing services and family support. In more recent years we have focused on additional family friendly activities while still providing a range of programmes and services, including community education, […]

16 Oct, 2017

Anam Cara – support for bereaved parents in Inishowen

On Wednesday 18th October Anam Cara will host an Information Evening in Buncrana. It is aimed at bereaved parents from across Inishowen and will be the first time Anam Cara has held an event on the peninsula. The guest speaker is Brid Carroll. Brid recently facilitated another Anam Cara event and this was the feedback […]

5 Oct, 2017

A Changed Life – a support group for people who have lost someone to suicide

A Changed Life This Support Group for people who have lost someone to Suicide will begin in October 2017. The programme is offered through the Pastoral Centre, Letterkenny. Groups are small and participants are taken through an 8 week programme in living with the aftermath of suicide. Sessions are structured so that each night a […]

15 May, 2017

Young Adult Support Group

                                                    Donegal Youth Service in association with AWARE and Mental Health Ireland set up a Young Adult Mental Health Support Group in January 2016 in response to a request from young people and staff, for a specially tailored programme for  young adults aged 18 – 25 years. The programme was designed in line with the  latest research and in a way that respects young people developmentally, while catering to  a young adult’s unique life-stage issues, their individual and group  identity.

The group meets weekly in a welcoming, accessible,  community-based, non-judgemental and non-stigmatizing setting in which  young people feel comfortable. Through the creation of supportive social networks and by by providing a sense of belonging and connectedness,  mental well-being can be improved. Uniquely, this programme is  co-designed, so all participants in the first few sessions decide what  they want to do as a group and in what direction they want it to go.

We are setting up a new mental health support group after the fantastic  success we had with last year’s group and are putting a call out to  anyone who feels that they or someone they know may benefit from this  group. If you know any young people who may be interested please pass on the details. They can also contact  louise.lynch@donegalyouthservice.ie for more information.

Here’s what last years participant’s said:

“It was so chilled that I could doodle or draw while the group was on, the informality was perfect, even the way we sat in a loose circle, it allowed us to relax and bond. It allowed you to engage in a way that suits you” (Female, 23 years)

“I really enjoyed I, it was really comfortable, people were open and  there was no awkwardness. I would recommend it; I learned a good bit  from it. I changed some habits and perspectives on things for the more  positive and now I manage myself much better. There is generally an  all-round improvement in my life” (Male, 19 years)

“I loved the discussions, it wasn’t always personal problems – everybody debated ideas, explored and analysed concepts and ideas in mental health, I don’t have the opportunity to talk about these things anywhere else.” (Female, 21 years)

“My worries became smaller when I started letting people know how I was feeling, I realised from the group that sharing your problems works and I got tips on how to deal with stuff when I needed it which I then used. I have skills now” (Male, 25 years)

“I came to the group because I felt so low, like I was stuck in a hole, stuck in self-pity, it really shakes you out of that through hearing other people’s stories and the little things, it all helps you realise you’re not going to get any better doing the same thing that doesn’t work and you become aware that you need to learn new ways of coping.” (Female, 22 years)

“I found it really helpful for dealing with problems because after a few weeks we became friends and it was a such a good support knowing someone was there for you”  (Male, 20 years)

“The environment was laid back and chilled, you’d never feel judged, it is a safe space to talk, I feel more confident now to speak about mental health and being here did that”” (Female, 25years)

“When you are young, you don’t have a lot of control – parents, school, routine, doctors, structures, systems – this place is like a space to be who you are, you’re not restricted. The social aspect is brilliant, you meet people and actually get out of the house, this was the one day a week I’d actually socialise and I need it because I can get isolated.” (Female 23 years)