We are delighted to bring you our second issue of Caidreamh-Engage, the Enewsletter about Mental Health Engagement which you can access here.

Since our first issue in late May, a lot has been happening in all nine Community Healthcare Organisations (CHOs), facilitated by our hard working and committed Area Leads for Mental Health Engagement.  You can read about the below and more this issue;

  • The Inaugural Limerick Forum: What Was it Like– a contribution by Owen Finnegan, a participant in the new Local Forum in Limerick.
  • Exercise Makes You Feel Better– by Paul Fallon (Area Lead for CHO 5 Carlow Kilkenny/South Tipperary/Waterford Wexford).
  • Be Open!– by Rory Doody (Area Lead for CHO 4 Cork/Kerry) who tells us about an interesting conference on recovery that he attended in the early Summer in Iceland.
  • The West’s Awake– by Orla O’Duinn (Occupational Therapy Manager in the CHO2 Galway Roscommon/Mayo Mental Health Service) who talks about her experience of engagement and recovery processes so far in the West.
  • About the HSE Best Practice Guidance for Mental Health Services– by Linda Moore (Quality and Service User Safety, QSUS). Linda has been working on this for almost two years and the guidance has now been published and is being rolled out across the country with significant service user involvement.

In this issue too, we introduce what we hope will be an occasional feature, books that readers may find interesting.  Moreover, we set out schedules of upcoming local and national events which readers may wish to attend. You can view the events here.

We were delighted with the response to our first issue and hope we can keep up our standards so that this and subsequent issues evoke similar interest.

As always, we welcome comments, compliments and complaints (but not too many of these!) from readers and hope to make these a regular feature in the future.

Beir bua,

Liam Hennessy

Head of Mental Health Engagement