A meeting will be held in Waterford tonight to introduce a HSE project for people and their families who use mental health services.
The local forum will serve Waterford city and county.
Service users and family members, carers and supporters can voice their experiences, and be consulted in developments in their area.
It’s part of the national mental health strategy called ‘A vision for change’
Paul Fallon is the South East area lead. He explains what’s happening this evening
“On the night in Waterford, I will be introducing our project and proceed from there to guidelines for the local forums – which will be coming from the community and represent the voices of those with experience of our services. The membership of local forums will include service users, family members and carers and others may be invited to attend meetings.”
“My colleagues and I are both experts by profession and experts by experience. I will talk about my role on the evening and also my background as a family member. I have moved especially to the South East to take up this role, so I have confidence in this project and I think it will be of benefit to everyone concerned with mental health services.”
The event gets underway from 6.30pm at the Shine Discovery premises, on Merchant’s Quay in Waterford City.