NEW MEN­TAL HEALTH SITE POINTS THE WAY IN KERRY

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS - By TADHG EVANS

A NEW web page launched by Kerry Men­tal Health Ser­vices is aim­ing to make it eas­ier for the peo­ple of Kerry to iden­tify and seek out the help they need for their men­tal health.

The page was de­vel­oped by a team with Cork and Kerry Com­mu­nity Health­care and tries to guide users to the help they need by first ask­ing them to fol­low the link that best de­scribes their cur­rent men­tal health needs. Vis­i­tors then choose one of three an­swers: ‘I need sup­port for my men­tal health but I’m not in cri­sis’; ‘I am hav­ing a men­tal health cri­sis’; or ‘I want to learn more about men­tal health’.

The web­site then brings the vis­i­tor to in­for­ma­tion rel­e­vant to their an­swer and also sign­posts to­wards lo­cal com­mu­nity-based ther­a­peu­tic ser­vices avail­able in dif­fer­ent parts of Kerry.

“Our hope was that by ask­ing a per­son to click on the state­ment that best fits with how they or the per­son they are con­cerned about feels, they will be brought to the in­for­ma­tion they need at that time prevent­ing fur­ther over­load of in­for­ma­tion when they might al­ready be over­whelmed,” Clin­i­cal Psy­chol­o­gist Samira Hayes said.

“So a per­son who clicks on ‘I need sup­port for my men­tal health but I’m not in cri­sis’ will be brought to links and con­tact de­tails for other com­mu­nity based ther­a­peu­tic ser­vices that they can go to for sup­port for their emo­tional dif­fi­cul­ties.”

The page has been de­signed by doc­tors, psychologists, psy­chi­a­trists, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pists, so­cial work­ers and ex­perts from other pro­fes­sions. Ms Hayes ex­plained that the site will be fine-tuned ac­cord­ing to feed­back from the peo­ple of Kerry. The new page can be ac­cessed at www.hse.ie/ eng/ser­vices/list/5/ker­ry­health­ser­vices/ ker­ry­men­tal­health/.

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