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We all need someone to listen and talk to from time to time. Loneliness, isolation, feeling fed up it happens us all. That is why Kerry Peer Support Network hold a Support Group for anyone over the age of 18. Whether you’re looking to maintain your emotional wellbeing or your mental health, our group is a safe, friendly, private and confidential environment for people to come together and feel supported, talk or just simply listen to others.

Kerry Peer Support Network are delighted to be coming off line and back to in person meetings from Wednesday 6th of July 2022 , in Rahoonane Community Centre, Tralee. This is a walk in service, no appointment necessary, so please feel free to join us every Wednesday morning from 10:30-11:30 am .

Please contact Denise for more details at kpsninfo@gmail.com or 0876626718 / 066 4011110.

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Do you, or have you used the HSE Mental Health Services?


Have you a family member who has used or is using the HSE Mental Health Services?

If yes we are seeking your support.

We are the Office of Mental Health Engagement and Recovery (MHER) and are a part of the HSE Mental Health Service Operations, National Office.

Our focus is to ensure that the voice of the service user, family member and carer inform the design delivery and evaluation of all our mental health services. We believe in partnership and promote a partnership approach in all our work. We do this by engaging with, listening to and working with people who have lived and recovery experience of mental health challenges, either personally or as a family member/supporter.

We wish to establish a national panel of volunteers who are interested in using their personal lived mental health and recovery experience to support us in this work and who have previous experience of working locally or nationally in service improvement initiatives.

As a member of this panel you will have the opportunity to share your expertise with those working in the HSE and other agencies in a joint effort to improve and develop the Mental Health Services and inform research projects.

Applications are welcome from all perspectives and experience as we want to ensure we have as diverse and inclusive panel as possible.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Debbie Murphy, MHER Administrator at: Debbie.murphy5@hse.ie by July 1st 2022

For more information on our office please go to The Mental Health Engagement and Recovery Office - HSE.ie

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The terms ‘mental health’ and ‘mental wellbeing’ are important concepts that can be difficult to define. Mental wellbeing and Mental illness – are not dependent on each other. This means that people can have a mental illness and also have high levels of good mental wellbeing. Good mental wellbeing doesn't mean you're always happy or unaffected by life experiences. But poor mental wellbeing can make it more difficult to cope with daily life.

Mental health; together with physiological health, is considered to be part of the broader concept of health. This is framed as part of a larger set of behaviors that result in a healthy, happy, and meaningful existence.

Good Mental Health can be defined in the following way:

  • Being in a state of wellbeing,

  • When a person realises their abilities,

  • Can cope with the normal stresses of life,

  • Can work productively and fruitfully,

  • And can contribute to their community.

Mental Well Being is often referred to as subjective wellbeing. Subjective wellbeing is defined as our perception and evaluation of our life.

Mental Well being can be described in the following way;

  • Pleasure and happiness. In the context of mental wellbeing, it means feeling happy about one’s life and enjoying experiences that cause happiness.

  • Living a meaningful life and striving to reach one’s full potential.

  • Believing that your life has meaning

  • Continued self-development and growth

  • Good-quality social connections

  • Believing that you can overcome hurdles

  • Having a positive self-concept

  • Having a sense of purpose

The effects of our mental health are experienced in every aspect of our lives. Our moods, physical health, and social connections help us cope better with life's adversities and unexpected hurdles. Together, they contribute to our sense of wellbeing and our mental health.

By taking a proactive stance on improving, maintaining, and nurturing our mental health, we can ensure that we live healthy, productive, and meaningful lives. For tips on how to look after our mental health and wellbeing, please read our previous post called Mental Health Awareness Week.

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