Peer Advocacy in Mental Health

The Irish Advocacy Network Peer Advocacy Service for People with mental health Challenges has taken steps to respond to the current crisis.

Based on Government advice we will not be providing a face to face service at the moment.

Specific to our services operating in the Republic of Ireland we will continue to provide contacts for clients and other parties via our national phonelines (01) 872 8684 and (01) 445 2350 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.  Email will continue to be operational.

For anyone seeking support from our services operating from Belfast please note in the event of restricted access to wards due to COVID-19, that Irish Advocacy Network Peer Advocates can be contacted directly by phone or email. This option is available to both patients and staff.

Below are the contact details for our Peer Advocacy Service operating from Belfast.

Paul McFall: 07544 618 058 E: paul@irishadvocacynetwork.com

Conor Gilmore: 07827 291 780 E: conor@irishadvocacynetwork.com

Kenny Ramsey: 07510 678 409 E: kenny@irishadvocacynetwork.com

We are currently working on other technological solutions to providing our advocacy services remotely.

We will closely monitor the situation and provide updates on our website.

We urge all our clients and contacts to follow Government advice:-

  • wash your hands
  • minimise social contact

Further information on keeping yourself safe, symptoms and what to do if you think you have been infected by COVID-19 is provided by the HSE:

https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

The HSE can answer questions on the virus through HSE Live:

1850241850

0416850300

Please be aware if you are having difficulty getting through to us or experiencing any delay in receiving a response it may be due to an increased demand for our advocacy services.  We urge you to be patient while we do our best to respond.

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  • We provide peer advocacy, support and information to people with mental health difficulties
  • We operate on an island-wide basis
  • We are an independent mental health organisation
  • Our staff have personal experience of mental health difficulties
  • We promote recovery and self-advocacy
  • We support people with mental health difficulties to speak up, speak out and take back and take control of their own lives
  • Our services are free and confidential
  • We operate a self-referral system

Vision statement

Working towards respect, recovery and equal citizenship for people with mental health difficulties

Values

  • Living examples of recovery
  • Recognition of each individual situation
  • Equality and citizenship
  • Independent voice
  • Peer-to-peer relationships
  • Collaborative
  • Listening
  • Non-judgmental
  • Reduction of stigma
  • Adaptive