Carlow Mental Health Association formed in February 2010 by volunteers with an interest in promoting positive mental health in Carlow. This group affiliated with Mental Health Ireland. Carlow Suicide Awareness Committee started in 2005 to run Suicide Awareness Seminars. It stopped meeting in 2008 and reformed in 2010. Both groups came together in 2011 under the Carlow Mental Health Association when it was discovered that they had similar aims and similar action plans.
AIM OF COMMITTEE
To promote positive mental health and to link people to, and support the existing mental health and suicide services in Carlow.
OBJECTIVES OF CARLOW MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION
- To create and promote a positive attitude to mental health
- Encourage people to have a frank & open discussion about mental health and suicide
- Help reduce stigma around mental health and suicide by dispelling commonly held misconceptions
- Provide information and education on how to maintain good Mental Health
- To work with relevant organisations to increase awareness of supports available to those who are affected by suicide or mental health problems.
- Advocate on behalf of people with mental health needs
Carlow Mental Health association is affiliated to Mental Health Ireland (MHI). It is a voluntary organisation with charity status that includes members from mental health professions, community professions and lay people. Our current members represent: Lay people, Mental Health Professionals, Service Users, Carlow County Development Partnership, Health Service Executive, Carlow Regional Youth Services, Forward Steps Resource Centre.