The seminar was co-produced by people with lived experience of mental health challenges, family members / carers, service providers and focused on how Empowering Recovery through co-production provides better outcomes for everyone.
The seminar explored the key concepts of CHIME – Connection, Hope, Identity, Meaning and Empowerment through a variety of interactive and creative means. These included: Music, Poetry, Art, Live Interactive Panel discussions, Presentations, Workshops dedicated to Human Rights and Advocacy, Education and Recovery and the power of Peer Workers in mental health service development and delivery, and a Virtual Recovery Trail.
In honouring true co-production, this year we invited people with lived experience of mental health challenges, family members / carers and service providers to register.
Watch the full webinar online now by clicking the greed button above or by scrolling down. Have a look at what the online conversation was like on the day by checking out Mental Health Ireland’s profile @MentalHealthIrl or search the event’s hashtag #empoweringrecovery.
Watch Full Webinar Here
Recorded on Friday 24th July 2020
Kilkenny Virtual Recovery Trail
Kilkenny was due to be the venue for the 2020 Empowerment Seminar. Unfortunately this couldn’t happen due to the pandemic so we decided to bring Kilkenny to you!
Art, Poetry & Music
Browse the stunning art, music and poetry submitted from all over Europe and farther afield in response to the Call for Art on the theme of Empowering Recovery. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
Watch the Keynote Speakers videos.
Keynote 1: Recover Your Power – Jolijn Santegoeds
Keynote 2: Mental Health Role Models – Dominique de Marné
Keynote 3: Empowering Family Recovery – Gina Delaney
We had five brilliant workshops on the day. With the exception of ENUSP’s Human Rights as a Basis for Empowerment, which is viewable on the main recording, the workshops were not recorded. The facilitators have provided their slides so you can still get a sense of their content.
Workshop Title: What does recovery mean, and how can we explain it?
- Facilitated by: Bob Grove, Senior Policy Adviser to Mental Health Europe & Martha Clark, Peer Support Worker, Health Service Executive and Psychology Graduate, and Oliver Cullen, Recovery Educator in the Health Services
- Description: This workshop aims to gather meanings of recovery from different stakeholders in order to better explain this concept to the public. Two of MHE’s Short Guide on Recovery authors’ will share their recovery path and introduce some of the guide’s principles. Participants, persons with mental health problems, their families and friends, and service providers, will then be invited to explain what recovery means to them. Together we will discuss ways in which the concept of recovery in mental health can be embraced in different realities, and explained in order to improve the general understanding of mental health and decrease stigma.
Workshop Title: Empowering Recovery through Self-care
- Facilitated by: Miffy Hoad is a Development Officer with Mental Health Ireland. Her background is in training & development with 20 years’ experience specialising in personal development, stress management and mindfulness. Her own lived experience of physical & mental health challenges informs her work.
- Description: In this workshop participants will learn about the relationship between stress and resilience. They will be encouraged to reflect on their own relationship with stress and self-care during the session. They will also learn about practical ways to support their wellbeing through prioritising self-care practices. The workshop will close with a guided mindfulness practice. There will be a 10 min interval half way through for comfort.
Workshop Title: Empowerment Through Education
- Facilitated by: The workshop will be facilitated by Mayo Recovery College, who became the first Recovery College in Ireland in 2013.
- Description: This interactive workshop will explore how Recovery Education empowers people with mental health challenges, their families/carers/supporters as well as service providers. It will illustrate how “empowering recovery” underpins Irish Mental Health policy and identify both the benefits of and challenges to empowering people through education.
Workshop Title: Peer Workers as Catalysts for Service User Empowerment within their Individualised Recovery Journey
- Facilitated by: Michael John Norton is a PhD student and a National Engagement & Recovery Lead with the Office of Mental Health Engagement & Recovery in Ireland. He has lived experience of mental health difficulties and has spent the last few years being an advocate for mental health recovery within South East Community Health Care and nationally through his involvement in many recovery initiatives.
- Description: This workshop will explore the variety of roles which come under the umbrella term: peer workers. In doing so, it will examine through an andragogical learning methodology how such workers can act as catalysts for service users to become empowered to lead out on their own recovery journeys. Empowerment as a concept will also be explored, especially in terms of its relationship with ones’ recovery journey through Leamy et al. (2011) CHIME model.
Workshop Title: Human Rights as a Basis for Empowerment
- Facilitated by: ENUSP (European Network of (ex)users and survivors of psychiatry). ENUSP gives (ex-)users and survivors of psychiatric services across Europe a way to communicate so that we can support one other in the personal, political and social struggle against injustice and discrimination.
Moderator: Stephanie Wooley, Advocacy-France
Timo Kallioaho, Mental Health Association Seinäjoki, Finland: “My Personal Road to Recovery”
Guadalupe Morales, Mundo Bipolar, Spain: “Meaningful Involvement of Peers in Mental Health Trainings”
Tone Vrhovnik Straka, Poglej! Association, Slovenia: “Mental health, Corona virus and Ethics”
Olga Kalina, Partnership for Equal Rights, Georgia: “How our involvement in monitoring human rights in psychiatry is a State obligation and can lead to change”
Stephanie Wooley, Advocacy-France: “Making the UN CRPD come alive: our experience with shadow reporting”
Jolijn Santegoeds, Mind Rights, Netherlands: “Drop the draft: the United Nations versus the Council of Europe – the danger of the draft additional protocol to the Oviedo Convention”
The South East Recovery College have compiled a beautiful and resource rich guide to services and supports for family recovery. You can see the Family Recovery Tree on the web-page or download the full document by tapping the button below.
You can also download the Family, Carer and Supporters Guide by clicking on it.
Family Peer Support Workers can offer emotional support, information and practical tips on navigating mental health services. Contact the Office for Mental Health Engagement & Recovery or one of the network of recovery education services across Ireland for more info. The Recovery Colleges are also providing a range of online classes and group supports at the moment. You can find a timetable here.
There are many ways we can support loved ones who are experiencing mental health challenges during Covid-19. One of the best ways to start is with a conversation with your loved one. Connect, communicate and reassure.
- Download our FAQs for Those Supporting Mental Health Concerns During Covid-19 here.
- Download our Routine Template here to help keep structure on your day.
- Download our Ten Tips for Supporting Mental Health during COVID-19 here.
Francis Walsh, who departed this life on 8th May 2020.
A pleasure to work with and to know. Competent, dedicated and gifted and has left a legacy in recovery education and peer support working in Ireland. His qualities as a person made Francis so special, his compassion, empathy, his eternal good humour and positivity. Francis was a true gentleman, very humble but a warrior for recovery and the rights of service users and family members, his commitment and passion for this work was inspiring.
‘Thank you’ Francis our dearest friend and colleague.
MASSIVE THANK YOUS TO…
Our coproduction team – Gina Delaney, Martha Clark, Billy Clarke, Amy Gibney, Carmen Bryce, Sonia Rennicks, Fiona McKearnan, Clare Fitzpartick, Belinda Coyle, David Dwyer, Claudia Marinetti, Olga Kalina, Tetiana Sykes, Michael Ryan, Paddy Sharkey O Leary and Mike Watts, Jenny Gibney.
Technical Team – Sonia Rennicks & Jack Deacon
Recovery Trail – Kamal ibhraim, Belina Coyle, David Dwyer, Ollie Cullen, Paul Clifford, Clare Fitzpatrick, Sharon Maher, Margaret Lynch, Nail Ryan, Mary Woods, Mike Watts, Paul Fallon, Gina Delaney, Doctor Ikenna Chuka Maduekwe, Kelly Lee, Sean Boland, Fiona Mckernan, Noel Cartwell, Susan fahy, Thomas Renihan, Kate Slater
Design: Sonia Rennicks
The Music & Poetry – Led by Billy Clarke and supported by so many artists.
Our panelists – Martin Rogan, Olga Kalina, Michael Ryan, Claudia Marinetti, Martha Clark, Sushil Teji, Nigel Henderson.
Collation of the Art / Photography / Poetry – Amy Gibney, Caroline Brogan & Andy Murphy and supported by so many artists.
Our keynote speakers – Jolijn Santegoeds, Dominique de Marne and Gina Delaney
Workshop facilitators – Bob Grove, Ollie Cullen, Martha Clark, Michael Norton, Feargus Callaghy Miffy Hoad, Karen McHale, Shane McHale, Billy Clarke, Stephanie Woolly, Olga Kalina Timo Kallioaho, Guadalupe Morales, Tone Vrhovnik Straka, Jolijn Santegoeds,
Session facilitators – Gina Delaney, Belinda Coyle and Michael Norton
Moderator Patrick Leddy,
The Social Media Team – Carmen Bryce and Tetiana Sykes
Captioner: Karen Crehan
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