The HSE in the Carlow/Kilkenny area has launched a directory for mental health service users, in which a range of information has been compiled for their own and their family and friends’ benefit. It deals with mental health disorders, resources and services available within the voluntary and statutory sectors.
Several voluntary organisations in both counties have been involved in putting together the Directory, the idea for which derived from the deliberations of “Link Up” – which was a forum which established in 2010 for mental health services, statutory and voluntary agencies to collaborate together to ensure most effective delivery of services to the local population in counties Carlow and Kilkenny.
Mayor of Kilkenny, Cllr David Fitzgerald, officially launched the directory at a function in the Mayor’s Parlour, City Hall, Kilkenny last week. He said he was delighted to be associated with what he was sure would prove to be a valuable resource. He noted that the Directory had been compiled by the HSE with particular assistance from the local “Consumer Panel”, a body of service users and carers who are actively involved in promoting the service user voice in the development of mental health services.
Dr Frank Kelly, the Executive Clinical Director for the HSE’s Mental Health Services in the area, spoke and highlighted how a previously completed cross community group project by the HSE in South Tipperary area had delivered a publication that is widely used as a reference point by those dealing with the mental health services locally there. Dr Kelly said the mental health services in the Carlow/Kilkenny also enjoy a close working relationship with statutory and voluntary agencies and that it was good to have a publication giving relevant and helpful information
Damien Godkin (Senior Operations Officer from the National Service Users Executive) addressed the launch at the Mayor’s office. He expressed confidence that the Directory will help service users to explore options which will enable them to lead more fulfilled and meaningful lives.
Others present at the Launch to endorse the publication were Ms. Ann Barrett (Social Work Team Leader, HSE Carlow/Kilkenny Mental Health Services), Ms Linda Thorpe (Chairperson for “Link Up”/South East Regional Development Officer for Mental Health Ireland), Ms. Millie Ryan (Chairperson, Consumer Panel for HSE Carlow/Kilkenny Mental Health Services) and Mr. John Redican (CEO National Service Users Executive and member of the Mental Health Commission).