Health Promotion & Wellbeing

*28/04/2020

Psychological First Aid – Providing support in the context of COVID 19 

In the Midlands, Louth and Meath 

What is Psychological First Aid ? 

It is a humane, compassionate and supportive response to you. A psychologist, counsellor, or therapist will be available to listen and you will have the opportunity to share your worries and concerns with them. This type of support helps you to understand your emotional reaction and helps you to identify ways that you can cope and manage difficult and distressing feelings and emotions. It will work with your strengths and build on the many skills that you have used to cope with past stresses and difficulties. 

Psychological First Aid is not therapy. It focuses more on your immediate needs and concerns. You may be given information in relation to useful resources for you and your family. You may also be advised to link with your GP or mental health professional if this would better meet your needs. 

To access this confidential service, you can email MLMpsychosocial@hse.ie with your name, county, mobile number and times that you are available to take a call, to provide you with psychological support. We aim to get back to you within 24 hours or next working day eg Friday calls will be responded to Monday 

Remember it’s good to talk. 

 

*9/04/2020

Stress Control Online Workshops

If you would like to learn some great ways on how to deal with stress, then come along to our free online Stress Control class.

‘Stress Control’ is a six-session cognitive-behavioural therapy class used extensively in community-settings by the NHS (UK) and HSE (Ireland) and across the world. As you can’t come to a regular Stress Control class due to the current circumstances, Stress Control will come to you and live stream the sessions. Each session will play twice a day (at 2pm and repeated at 8.30 pm) on Mondays and Thursdays beginning on the 13th April (Session 1 will also repeat on Tuesday 14th).

 

To take part:

  1. Go to http://stresscontrol.org where you can learn more about the class and get the dates. Everything you need to successfully complete the class – the booklets, self-assessment, relaxation and mindfulness - can be found in the ‘Free zone’. If you can, please read, and start working on, the booklets in the ‘Preparing for the course’ section before Session 1.
  2. On the homepage, click on the ‘Stress Control 2020’ link to access our YouTube channel where the classes will be available to view at the scheduled times. If you click the ‘Subscribe’ button on our YouTube page (free), you will receive notifications when a new session is available. You can also follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_BKErJ_jlSQHKFtHPCRmEctDtcNCCowB
  3. The session will begin exactly on time, so make sure you are there from the start. Sessions run for about 90 minutes and there will be a 10-minute break in the middle.
  4. Each session is one piece of the jigsaw in tackling your Stress. By coming to each class, the jigsaw will form, and the big picture can emerge, making you better able to handle your stress. This is cognitive-behavioural therapy so it is crucial you practice the skills you will learn between sessions.

 

For up-to-date public health literature and resources for workplaces and community settings regarding the prevention of COVID-19, please visit: https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/partner-resources/

For up-to-date, public health information regarding COVID-19, please visit the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre: https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/

 

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Mental Health Well-Being during the COVID-19 Outbreak

https://www.aware.ie/information/mental-well-being-during-covid-19-outbreak/

Aware's Support Line. Available Monday to Sunday from 10 am - 10 pm.

Freephone 1800 80 48 48

 

 

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Creating Hope and Staying Positive while facing Covid-19

Please visit: https://grow.ie/category/covid-19-support/

Call: 1890 474 474 email: info@grow.ie

 

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Shine COVID-19 Update

Please visit: https://www.shine.ie/covid-19/

 

Mental Health Ireland - COVID-19 Update Community Message:

“We will get through this together. It’s important for us to reassure ourselves and each other of this. The Covid-19 situation can challenge our mental health but we can rest assured that the supports we need are still there. The way we access these supports may require a temporary adjustment. We might need to put extra effort into looking after our mental health for a while. But we will get through this together. Right now it is important for us to remember to connect, communicate and reassure”. Please visit: https://www.mentalhealthireland.ie/get-support/covid19/

 

Samaritans

 

If you need someone to talk to, the Samaritans will listen. Please call, freephone 116 123.

Please visit: https://www.samaritans.org/ireland/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/

Jigsaw Laois Offaly COVID-19 Update.

Please visit: https://www.jigsaw.ie/jigsaw_laois_offaly/

 

If you need further information on how to protect and promote your (or your loved ones) mental health and wellbeing during this time, please contact Anthony O’Prey, Health Promotion Officer for Mental Health Promotion on 087 1785685 or email aoprey@offalyldc.ie between 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday.

If you, or someone close to you is in crisis, please contact the Samaritans on 116 123, your local G.P. or the nearest A+E Dept.