The HSE’s community healthcare services in the South East – as part of working with people who use mental health services and with their family members, carers
The local forum will exist as a resource for service users and family members, carers and supporters to voice their experiences, raise issues and be consulted and involved in mental health services developments in their area.
The establishment of the forums
With an increased public focus on mental health in mind and an emphasis on the HSE’s South East Community Healthcare services working collaboratively with service users, family members and carers, information meetings on the subject – open to all interested parties – are being held as follows:
Further and follow up meetings are also being planned for the Kilkenny, Dungarvan, Waterford, Gorey, New Ross, Enniscorthy, Wexford, Carrick on Suir and Cashel/Tipperary Town areas.
The nine Community Healthcare service areas throughout the state have each recently appointed an Area Lead for Mental Health Engagement, with Paul Fallon being in place to serve the South East (services in counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford
Speaking about the information meetings, one of the aims of which is to set up mental health forums, Paul Fallon said:
“The purpose of my post is to consult and present the views of mental health service users, family members
“Along with my colleagues in the Community Healthcare services in the South East, I want to hear from people around the South East, as to how we can further develop mechanisms for engagement of service users, their family members
“Significant in, and to, all of this will be the local forums. At these meetings, I will be introducing our project and proceed from there to guidelines for the local forums – which we will be coming from the community and represent the voices of those with experience of our services. The membership of local forums will include service users, family members and carers and others may be invited to attend meetings.”
“My colleagues and I are experts, both by profession and experience. I will talk about my role
“I look forward to a good attendance at the meetings and to working with as many people as possible in the South East in my role as an Area Lead for Mental Health Engagement.”