- H – Say Hello. This encourages starting the conversation, asking the question, using open ended questions and choosing the right place to talk.
- E – Engage with the person. This is about being friendly and engaging and using inviting body language
- L – Listen to the person. Be relaxed and show that you are listening by nodding appropriately, and asking open ended questions that will give you more of the story.
- L – Learn about the person. Let the person know you have listened by repeating back what you have heard them say. Ask if they are aware of supports available and have that information to hand. Example of supports include Self Help Groups like AWARE, GROW, SHINE, their Family Resource Centres, GP etc. Find details on local supports by going to www.yourmentalhealth.ie.
- O – Ongoing support. Check back in with the person and see how they are getting on.
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Videos from Local Campaigns
Westmeath & Meath
Westmeath HELLO How R Moo?
Welcome to HELLO Meath & Westmeath
What to do after asking HELLO How R U?
HELLO Hor R U Westmeath 2021 Summary
Signposting & Resources
Knowing how to access the right supports and services can help us and our loved ones.
There are supports and services available through your statutory HSE Mental Health Services and also the many and varied community and NGO organisations across the country.
Have a watch of our Navigating the Mental Health Services video below.
The HSE Mental Health, Addiction, Disability and Older People Services are all statutory services run by the state. The Mental Health services are delivered according to age and include General Adult, Child and Adolescent, Later Life, and Rehab and Recovery services.
Within these services are various disciplines, or roles, delivering more specialist services and supports. There are also intervention services, such as Talking Therapies, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Family Therapy, DBT (Didactic Behavioural Therapy), Art Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Nursing, Peer Support, Psychiatry, Psychology, etc.
Other services connected with our mental health services are Recovery Colleges, Involvement Centres, employment support and housing support.
Community/NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation)
Community and NGO services provide many services that do not require a referral from a GP or to the Mental Health Services. Most are free also as they are funded to provide the service through local or national HSE services. Examples range between practical and emotional and include counselling, information, advocacy, training, education, support groups, peer support and events that promote learning and development.
Please visit Your Mental Health on www.yourmentalhealth.ie and Information and advice for families and friends – HSE.ie to find the details for all the various organisations supporting mental health.
For information on mental health, wellbeing, and recovery, check out our Resources page and our Minding Our Mental Health during COVID page. You will find a range of free downloadable booklets, publications, and resources.
For Further Support Contact The Samaritans
Samaritans is a unique charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide. Every six seconds they respond to a call for help. They’re there 24/7, before, during and after a crisis and they make sure there’s always someone there, for anyone who needs someone.
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