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The HSE in Mayo has launched a Directory of Mental Health Services which contains a wide range of information on the supports and services available to people who suffer from mental health issues in Co. Mayo. It will also be a valuable resource for health professionals and for the voluntary sector.
The comprehensive directory was compiled by staff within the HSE’s Mayo Mental Health Service and aims to help service users to explore options which will enable them to lead more fulfilled and meaningful lives. It deals with mental health disorders, resources and services available within the voluntary and statutory sectors and can be used as a reference point by those associated with the mental health services locally.
Michael Tobin, General Manager, Mayo Mental Health Services says, “It is estimated that one in four people will experience some mental health problems during their lifetime. This directory contains relevant and helpful information and we hope it will be of help to anyone who wants to know more about mental health issues and how to access local services.
“The mission of the Mayo Mental Health Service is to provide the highest attainable quality of mental health care to the people of Mayo, and the directory of services provides another element to the resources that we have made available for people affected by or interested in mental health issues.”
The directory contains information and contact numbers for the Mental Health Services available in Mayo, including Psychiatry of Old Age; Adult Mental Health Unit, Mayo General Hospital; Castlebar Training Centre; Swinford Treatment Centre; Teach Aisling; Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS); St. Michael’s Community Mental Health Headquarters and Ballinrobe, Belmullet, Ballina, Westport and Claremorris Community Mental Health Centres.
There are also details on the multidisciplinary services available, such as Occupational Therapy, Psychology and Social Work Services, the Art Programme, Risk Management, Nurse Practice Development, Medical Services, Occupational Health Department and Nursing, as well as an outline of the HSE’s partnership with the voluntary organisations, including Mayo Mental Health Association, Dolmen Clubhouse Limited and Cairde Clubhouse Limited.
The Directory also has a service user focus, with information on Advocacy Services, Freedom of Information, Complaints Service and a list of numbers, details and locations of existing services.
Michael Tobin adds,“The HSE in Mayo strives to provide a comprehensive range of mental health services in the community, our acute unit at Mayo General Hospital and other residential sites around the county. The mental health team includes a consultant psychiatrist, registrar in psychiatry, mental health nurses, as well as addiction counsellors, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, clerical and admin staff. Total confidentiality for patients and clients is guaranteed at all times.”
For further information and to get a copy of the Directory of Mental Health Services for Co. Mayo, you can contact 094 9042012 or 094 9042014.