GROW Mid West Hosts Community Healthcare Fora

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GROW has hosted two HSE Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO) Area 3 Fora.Limerick27Jul2017Small

The initial two CHO Area 3 fora were held in GROW’s extended facilities at 33 Henry Street in Limerick. On both occasions, over 30 service users and/or family members were present, including a number of GROW members.

Aoife Boland (HSE Area Lead of Engagement, Mid West CHO 3) facilitated some energetic discussions. The Mental Health Engagement has five main functions:

  1. Advice, support and review local structures for service user family member and carer engagement
  2. Information flow and data collection
  3. Capacity building
  4. Knowledge, expertise and research
  5. Working with others to promote to service user, family member and carer engagement.

Liam Hennessy (HSE Head of Mental Health Engagement in the HSE’s Mental Health Division) spoke about the origins of the Mental Health Engagement initiative. He emphasised that while there have been huge improvements in recent years, there is more to do.

He welcomed that the HSE organisation had moved forward rapidly with this initiative, especially given that changes to organisational structures and work practices can often take a long time.

A number of GROWers contributed short pieces to the fora on stigma; mental health supports available in the community and on DBT (dialectical behaviour therapy).

Area Coordinator Mary Purcell also had the opportunity to talk briefly but passionately and eloquently about the origins and “magic” of GROW.

GROW in the Mid West was delighted to be able to offer the premises for the fora and looks forward to collaborating on this initiative in any way in the months and years ahead.

Photographed are: GROW National Chairperson, Rob Stephen with Aoife Boland (HSE Area Lead of Engagement, Mid West CHO 3) and Liam Hennessy (HSE Head of Mental Health Engagement in the Mental Health Division).