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Mental Health Programme

Contact

Dr Brian Osborne
Email: brian.osborne@icgp.ie

The Mental Health Programme provides clinical advice and support in the development of educational initiatives in primary care and contributes advice from a GP perspective into national policy and programme developments.

There are around 3,000 GPs in Ireland who manage approximately 25m consultations annually. About one fifth directly relate to a mental health symptom.
 
As trained specialists in mental health, knowing patients over time, GPs are experts at listening, counselling, diagnosing, risk assessing, and managing mental health.

Minding Your Mental Health

A series of multilingual mental health video messages presented by doctors and other health professionals now living and working in Ireland. The videos are available in Romanian, Polish, Arabic, English, French, Lithuanian, Russian, Irish and Portuguese. Visit translateireland.ie or the mental health playlist

YourMentalHealth.ie

Mental health supports and services during COVID-19 - a list of the main online, telephone and text supports available, including specific services for young people, and older people, and additional information on approved Mental Health Apps.

Minding your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic - including the content on:

The YourMentalHealth Information Line is available 24 hours every day and can provide information on mental health services and supports. Freephone 1800 111 888

Health Promotion 

The "Mental Health" section of www.healthpromotion.ie contains a wide variety of HSE Leaflets, booklets, posters, wallet cards etc that are freely available to order for delivery. They include information literature on: suicide prevention; suicide bereavement; general mental health; self-harm; perinatal mental health, and; promotional items for services such as Text50808.

The HSE Psychosocial Response to COVID-19

Information on the HSEs Psychosocial Response Project Group - which aims to address the impact of the psychological and social effects of the pandemic. This response particularly focusses on those who have been bereaved during the pandemic, healthcare workers and more vulnerable groups of the general population.

A Psychological First Aid Call Back Service is now available - for health care workers and some targeted groups of the public, who may be feeling stressed or anxious about the impact of COVID-19. 

Full details can be found HERE.

Other

Keep Well Campaign - Campaign, website, information and signposting for the Government of Ireland and Health Ireland.

Community Call Networks - Telephone and networking contact from Local Authorities, Department of Rural and Community Development and Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.