Launch of new website to aid family mental health recovery

Last Friday, June 28th, familypeersupport.ie – a groundbreaking website and the first of its kind in Ireland – was launched at the Atlantic Technological University (ATU) in Castlebar, County Mayo.

This innovative platform was designed to support families and friends who are aiding a loved one through mental health challenges.

The Health Service Executive (HSE), in collaboration with Mental Health Ireland (MHI), now employs ten Family Peer Support Workers (FPSWs) within the Adult Mental Health services who utilise their lived experience to support others family members.

In the Connacht region, the Family Peer Support Service is currently available in counties Roscommon, Galway, and Mayo. The new website offers detailed information about the services on offer.

The site has been co-produced by Family Peer Support Workers, family members who have used or are using the service, and health professionals from both public and community services. It will provide crucial support and resources for these families and friends, ensuring they do not feel alone in their journey.

For further details on the Family Peer Support Service and to explore the resources available, please visit familypeersupport.ie.