Supports in navigating the mental health service
Patients attending mental health services are at their most vulnerable and can find it difficult to navigate the system or have their voice heard in planning and implementing their care plan. It can be overwhelming to feel the need to self-advocate in these circumstances. The same is true for families and carers who can sometimes benefit from advice or support to ensure the best outcome for their loved one.
There are organisations who can help service-users in this situation. One such is the voluntary organisation, Peer Advocacy in Mental Health. The group is led by people who have personal experience of the mental health service and who therefore understand the concerns of service-users. They work to enable people experiencing challenges to their mental health to self-advocate; in other words, supporting them in having their voice heard, helping them grow in confidence, and claim their rights.
Mental Health Campaigning
On a broader level, there are many organisations in the mental health arena who are passionate about mental health, and campaign for a fair and just, appropriately resourced mental health service. 3Ts are one such organisation. We are members of Mental Health Reform who are an umbrella organisation of over 70 mental health & suicide prevention organisations. Contact details are listed below.
MHI are a registered charity promoting positive mental health, wellbeing & recovery. They work to support people with lived experience of mental health challenges in their recovery and bring practical expression to national policy objectives.
Mental Health Ireland’s strategy Mental Health for All – Hope, Strength & Action 2022 – 2024 is an invitation to become involved in something bigger, to be part of a dynamic movement that makes a real difference to many peoples’ lives.
- Tel: +353 1 284 116
- Email: email@example.com
- Web: www.mentalhealthireland.ie
3Ts are proud members of Mental Health Reform, Ireland's leading national coalition of organisations campaigning to transform mental health and well-being supports in Ireland. With over 70 members, the group campaigns and lobbies Government on all matters related to mental health.
Peer Advocacy in Mental Health is a voluntary organistion led by people with personal experience of mental health challenges. They provide peer advocacy, support and information for those with mental health difficulties. They work to Through their peer support, they support people to grow in confidence, have their voice heard, and claim their rights.
- Tel: +353 1 5470510 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web: peeradvocacyinmentalhealth.com
See Change is Ireland’s organisation dedicated to ending mental health stigma. Their work is informed by people with lived experiences of mental health difficulties, who are best placed to give insight into mental health stigma and discrimination. Their annual Green Ribbon Campaign aims to spread awareness about all mental health difficulties to help end mental health stigma and discrimination.
Tel: +353 1 541 3715
Suicide or Survive (SOS) is a nationwide charity focussed on breaking down the stigma around mental health. SOS deliver innovative mental health and wellness progrmames countrywide and online. Programmes are available for people who have attempted suicide (Eden Programme), for people supporting others who are struggling (Supporters Programme), self-management / wellness (WRAP Programme, Wellness Workshop and Workplace Wellness).
- Tel: 01 272 2158
- Email: email@example.com
- Web: suicideorsurvive.ie