From Tuesday to Thursday May 15th – 17th, a group of 21 including FCI team members and Carers from around the country are the first group in Ireland to train as Facilitators of the Caring with Care program, delivered by The Meriden Family Programme. Family Carers Ireland has a valuable resource to deliver training to Carers caring for people with mental health issues. A huge thank you to all for taking part and to Catriona Duffy for all the work behind the scenes.
The brainchild of FCI’s Working Group for Family Carers of People with Mental Health Difficulties, chaired by Fiona Gallagher and supported by Clare Duffy, the programme brought together teams of staff and carers to develop their skills in training and education in mental health. After completing the 3-day training, it is expected that participants will deliver locally tailored carer support and education packages that specifically meet the needs of their local carer communities.
The combination of experienced carers and FCI staff members is the key component. Rolling out the training is the next step. Modules included in the training were:
- The Experience of Mental Health Problems In a Family
- Experience of caring for someone with Mental health Issues
- Education and Information Sharing
- Communication in Families- practical strategies
- Problem solving
- Dealing with Crisis and Staying well
- Recovery and Hope
- Taking Care of yourself