Mental HealthTake a small step and make a huge difference.
Many people with mental health difficulties can wait years before seeking support. Every day you live with a condition that is treatable, no matter what stage it’s at, is a day you haven’t lived to its fullest. You can change this.
It’s never too late or too early to seek support from people who have the knowledge and skills that can empower you to enjoy life again. You are not alone, we are here to support you every step of the way.
First step to recovery
There are many reasons people wait before reaching out for support. Getting clarity and awareness can help with this and start you on your way to recovery.
You may be experiencing things you don’t realise are symptoms — sleeplessness, lack of concentration or feeling sad for no apparent reason. It may seem insignificant now, but they can have an affect your life over a longer period of time if left untreated.
You may think that how you feel isn’t bad enough, that you’re exaggerating or making a fuss over nothing. It’s OK to take action at first signs. Simply talking about it out loud to someone can often clarify and give perspective on things.
Being able to afford treatment is often a concern, but we believe everyone is entitled to mental wellness support and there is always a way. Your GP along with St Patrick’s Mental Health Services can identify a treatment plan that’s best for you.
Identifying the right person to talk to, who also understands, can be daunting. Your GP will know and understand your physical and mental health history, so this is the first person we recommend you talk to.
Empowering yourself to get the most out of life is a healthy and assertive step. If you take action to address difficulties you are experiencing, this is positive. It’s a personal journey and only the people you choose need be involved.
Talking things through with your GP or one of the nurses on our support and information line is the first step to your recovery. Your GP can provide you with a referral letter that will give you access to a free mental health assessment at one of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services Dean Clinics. Your GP and the Dean Clinic team will help you understand exactly what you’re dealing with and advise on the steps to recovery.
Mental health assessment
The free mental health assessment lasts about 60 – 90 minutes. It will involve one to two medical professionals whose areas of expertise are the best fit to help you deal with the symptoms you are experiencing. Your assessment is made up of emotional, psychological, cognitive and physiological evaluations. It is performed in a structured way and informed by your specific needs and symptoms. You and your dedicated team will talk about:
- The issues that prompted you to take action
- The background of these issues bringing you up to now
- Any previous mental health difficulties
- Past illnesses, other conditions
- Personal history — relationships, bereavement and other factors
- Social circumstances — employment/unemployment, the nature of your work, living environment, family and friends.
Your team will then review the information they’ve gathered from the assessment and identify with you what the best guidance and treatment plan they can provide to help you get the most of out life again.
Tailored path to recovery
Your Dean Clinic team will review the information they’ve gathered from the assessment. They will identify with you, what the best treatment plan is, and give you guidance to help you get the most out of life again.
A treatment plan may be as simple as identifying exercises, therapies or changes in habits and diet. It may or may not include medication.
Your treatment plan may be designed to access St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services — including our nationwide network of Dean Clinics, St Patricks University Hospital and St Edmundsbury Wellness & Recovery Centre. Alternatively it may recommend community based programmes or local support groups.
In addition, your GP will be sent a copy of your assessment so you are now fully supported by people you can trust who understand your condition and your concerns.
Taking the first step is possible
Everyone is entitled to good mental health, taking that first step to recovery can be hard, but we want to help you, and we know we can. Don’t be afraid to talk to us or your GP about any worries or symptoms you may have. We’ll assess symptoms, whether they’re small and early stage or more advanced, as a valid reason to take the first step on a path to empower recovery.
Different types of mental health difficulties
Having access to the facts that will help you understand your mental health, can play a key part in your road to recovery. On our website, we have up-to-date information on a range of mental health difficulties.
You can get one-to-one mental health advice with our Support and Information service on 01 249 3333, or you can drop into St Patrick’s mental Health Services Information Centre located at St. Patrick’s University Hospital, James’ Street, D8 where we have a range of books and booklets relating to all aspects of mental health.
Our Support and Information line and email service is staffed by experienced mental health nurses 9am–5pm Monday to Friday with an answering and call-back facility outside of these hours.
Call us 01 249 3333 now!