Many people find it useful to attend support groups where they can meet others with similar problems. This assists in reducing feelings of isolation, and it can help to hear how others have coped and recovered from their illness. The 3 main support organisations for Mental Health are SHINE, AWARE and GROW.
This organisation supports people with enduring mental illness including but not exclusively schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder. SHINE provides support and information to affected individuals and their relatives.
Phrenz groups which are affiliated with SHINE provide a forum where people with mental illness can meet others with similar problems.
In South Tipperary, a Phrenz group is held in Coolgreaney House Clonmel on the first Tuesday of each month. For further details contact Coolgreaney House at 052 61 23015.
Mental Illness may also affect family members. SHINE runs support groups on a monthly basis for family members affected by enduring mental illness. For further information on support groups in your region, contact SHINE at 01 860 1610. The Helpline Number is 1890 621 631
AWARE is a voluntary organisation for individuals directly affected by depression. Services provided include a national helpline service and support groups at various venues nationwide. For further information contact AWARE Lo-call 1890 303 302 or 053 9184525
In South Tipperary, AWARE holds meetings at:
Every Wednesday at 8pm.
Presentation Primary School.
Call Katy on 087-6462079 or our main office on 01-6617211 for details.
GROW supports people who have suffered, or are suffering from mental health problems. Contact GROW Helpline 1890 474 474 or GROW (South Eastern Region) 056 7761624 for information on meetings in your area.
In South Tipperary, support meetings are held in the following venues:
· Clonmel Community Resource Centre, Kickham St., Clonmel: GROW weekly meeting each Tuesday at 2pm : Contact Maurene Howell 086 7706064
· ·Aiseiri Centre Cahir, Co. Tipperary each Thursday. Tel. 052 7441166
GROW Area Co-ordinator (South East)
Info line 1890 474 474
SOUTH TIPPERARY BEFRIENDING SERVICE
South Tipperary Befriending is a community based volunteer service for adults with mental health problems. The purpose of the befriending service is to foster independence, to reduce social isolation and increase self confidence. Referrals to the service are accepted from mental health professionals. Contact the Co-ordinator at 086 8254021 for further information.
IRISH ADVOCACY NETWORK
The Irish Advocacy Network (IAN) provides peer support and information to people with mental health difficulties. Peer advocates are people who have personal experience of mental health difficulties and who have completed training in advocacy. Consequently, they have an in-depth understanding of problems faced by people with mental health difficulties. They encourage people with mental health difficulties to take control of their life. IAN has peer advocates throughout Ireland who regularly attend acute units and day centres. Sometimes they meet people in the community. Their main job is to give support and information to people with mental health difficulties by befriending them and offering a confidential listening ear or peer advocacy.
The peer advocate for the South Tipperary Region is Damian Godkin. His contact number is 087 9918097.