Men­tal health sup­port group con­sults vil­lage

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

Kil­coole Men­tal Health Sup­port Group wants to de­velop a sup­port group for lo­cal peo­ple where they can ac­cess in­for­ma­tion, sup­port and a friendly chat.

The group held a lis­ten­ing week to find out what peo­ple need and what the com­mu­nity wants. Ses­sions were held in Nicky’s vil­lage fruit, veg­etable and cof­fee shop last Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Satur­day. The af­ter­noons in­cluded tea, cof­fee, some chat­ting, and a free ticket for a draw. The group has also car­ried out a needs analysis on the sub­ject.

‘We re­ally want to pro­vide sup­port for the com­mu­nity, in the com­mu­nity, and lis­ten­ing to what peo­ple need and what type of sup­port group they would like to see is part of how we are set­ting the group up,’ said founder Sylvia Scan­lon Dunne.

The Kil­coole Men­tal Health Sup­port Group Com­mit­tee, with devel­op­ment sup­port from Bray Area Part­ner­ship, has been meet­ing to ex­plore the es­tab­lish­ment of a sup­port group in the lo­cal area.

The lis­ten­ing week was a way to en­gage with the wider com­mu­nity and give peo­ple an op­por­tu­nity to have a say on what they think a com­mu­nity based men­tal health sup­port group should look like.

Ann Pren­der­gast, Jen­nifer Jones of Bray Area Part­ner­ship, Nicky Roe of the Vil­lage Cafe, Sylvia Scan­lon.

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