A Self-Care to Wellness Programme for Mayo

A joint partnership between HSE Primary, Community and Continuing Care, Mayo, the Mayo Centre of Independent Living, Disability Federation of Ireland and the Multiple Sclerosis society will give individuals living in Mayo with a long-term or ongoing heath condition(s) an opportunity to attend a six-week programme designed to support their self-care management skills. The majority of people living with a long-term health condition want to maintain an independent, healthy and an active life and with good self-management support this can be achieved.

Following completion of the four-day facilitators training last Saturday in Castlebar a number of individuals made up of both health care professionals and people living with long-term health conditions, were certified to become facilitators on theSelf-Care to Wellness programme. TheSelf-Care to Wellness programme follows the Chronic Disease Self-Management programme model, developed and tested at Stanford University in California. To date, this programme has been delivered and is available in more than twenty-five countries around the world including Ireland.

The success of this programme model is dependent on the process in the way the programme is taught. Programmes are delivered by two trained facilitators whom one or both are themselves living with a long-term health condition. During the six weeks of the programme, participants will attend a 2.5 hour weekly session where they will learn new skills to manage their health condition on a day to day basis.

Before delivering the programme, facilitators have had to successfully complete the four-day training and be signed-off by Stanford University approved Master trainers. Speaking at the end of the training where certificates were presented Mayo Primary Care Development Officer, Laurence Gaughan had this to say, “We are delighted to announce that commencing January 2015, individuals in Mayo who are living with a long-term health condition will have access to the Self-Care to Wellness programme. We are indebted to Master Trainers Mary Forry and Ciaran Davis for facilitating the training and for so generously, sharing of their experience and expertise with us along the journey.  I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the newly certified Self-Care to Wellness programme facilitators and to sincerely thank them for their commitment to the programme”

Dates for programmes in Castlebar, Ballina and Claremorris have already been scheduled and will take place in the first part of 2015.

To book a place on a programme or for further information, please contact the Self Care to Wellnessprogramme coordinator Jackie Lynott on 087 7185615 or Email: selfcaretowellness@mayocil.ie

Last updated on: 12 / 12 / 2014