Welcome To Kerry Peer Support Network
Kerry Peer Support Network offers Peer Support in Mental Health Recovery. We believe that anyone who is affected by mental health issues has the right to Recovery and the opportunity to achieve the best quality of life for themselves. We want to empower people to become experts in their own self-care and well being, as well encouraging Self-Determination, Personal Responsibility and Self-Advocacy on their recovery journey. We want to promote positive mental health. Our message is one of Hope: Recovery is possible. Education as well as Support is the key to this.
"If you need something to believe in, start with yourself"
Who We Are
Kerry Peer Support Network is an adult Mental Health Recovery Education and Peer Support Organisation. We provide support and education around emotional and mental well-being. We strive to give each person Hope, Dignity, Compassion and Mutual Respect and making sure all who attend our services are treated as Equals.
KPSN was established in 2013. At the time we identified that there was a gap in the existing community services and supports for people with mental health difficulties. With this in mind and in line with Vision for Change we wanted to bridge that vulnerable gap for people who may be leaving a medical unit and returning to the community.
We wanted to provide an alternative view in which people learn to think and speak about mental health, as well as challenging attitudes and stigma. In response to that need, and with the support of the local Community Education Programme (Kerry ETB) , people were given training in the Principles of Recovery and Peer Facilitation. On the 29th of May 2013 our first Peer Support Group was set up in the safe environment of a Community Centre in Tralee.
Kerry Peer Support Network was born.
Our support groups are completely separate from the formal mental health services. This is where people can attend support groups, feel comfortable and welcome in a non-medical, non-judgemental, confidential way, and receive Peer Support from Peers with lived life experiences. It gives people time and space to develop personal meaningful goals central to their own recovery.
Latest News From Kerry Peer Support Network
"Everybody wants happiness, nobody wants pain, but you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain"
Kerry Peer Support Network would like to express our deepest gratitude to Kerry County Council, the Department of Rural & Community Development and the Community Activities Fund for granting us funding towards operational costs. We are so grateful for your continued support.
Services We Provide
APPROVED W.R.A.P. TRAINING CENTRE
WRAP is an evidence based programme from lived experience and it grew out of Mary Ellen Copeland's search for Welness.
KPSN Facilitators are trained and accredited by the Copeland Centre and run Co-facilitated 2 day workshops in various locations around Kerry that are open to everyone
WEEKLY SUPPORT GROUPS
The KPSN currently provide four weekly recovery based support groups for people with mental health issues in Tralee, Kenmare, Cahersiveen and Killarney (starting soon).
OUR FUTURE AIMS AND GOALS
Going forward, KPSN offer an expertise in recovery literacy and provide training, curriculum design, supervision and consultancy in all aspects of Peer support and Recovery Education.
KPSN is becoming a Recovery Education Unit that can provide co-produced curricula on topics relating to Recovery Education
"The life in front of you is far more important than the life behind you"
Some Feedback From KPSN Members
"Somewhere for me to go to connect..share your story, help others, inspire others through my own story. Tell people there is so much you can do for yourself. It comes down to education and seeking out help... working your way out of depression rather than thinking your way out"
"I entered as a stranger and leave as a friend. I have met the most interesting people willing to share their lives with me and each other, my understanding of mental health has been dramatically enhanced. Kerry Peer Support Network has changed my life and my perspective on life"
"There are many benefits of getting involved with Kerry Peer Support Network. You can just be a participant in their groups and workshops if you wish, but if you feel ready and want more there is a wonderful opportunity to grow"
By means of this website, KPSN provides information concerning Mental Health Recovery, Education and General tips and advice on Mental Health & Wellbeing.
While KPSN makes every reasonable effort to provide information that is as comprehensive, accurate and clear as possible, the information provided on this site is necessarily of a general nature and may not address the specific circumstances of a particular individual. If you wish to find out what your particular position is in your own particular circumstances Please consult your doctor.