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Published on:02 Aug 2017

Family Education course in the Bridge Street Centre on Wednesdays, beginning on 4th October, running for 7 weeks. This course is specifically for relatives, 18 years and older, who are supporting a loved one with a mental health difficulty.


Supporting People Affected by Mental Ill Health

The course is designed to assist relatives in working on their own recovery, whilst supporting their loved one.


Shine is the national organisation dedicated to upholding the rights and addressing the needs of all those affected by mental ill health, through the promotion and provision of high quality services and working to ensure the continual enhancement of the quality of life of the people it serves.

One of Shine’s main objectives, is to provide support services to the family members of people affected by mental ill health and one of the ways we do this, is through the provision of our Family Education Course; “Recovery and the Family”.

The course can be broken down into 7 sessions, run on a weekly basis, with each session lasting 2 hours in duration. The course is open to all family members and friends who are supporting a person who is affected by mental ill health.

 The course is delivered as follows:

Session 1: Relatives Needs in the Recovery Journey

Goal of the session: To gain an understanding of recovery and how relatives may experience it, focusing on recovery for the relatives as opposed to recovery for the individual who is ill.

 Session 2: Experiences of People with Mental Health Difficulties

Goal of the session: To gain a better understanding of the triggers and challenges associated with mental ill health.

 Session 3: The Admission Process and the Mental Health Services

Goal of the session: To gain a better understanding of the admission process and the services that are available to assist family members.

Session 4: Life Hope, Suicide Prevention and Postvention

Goal of the session: To provide relatives with an insight into suicide prevention and the supports available to people at risk of suicide and their families.

 Session 5: Challenging and Overcoming Stigma

Goal of the Session: To gain an understanding of self stigma, disclosure and overcoming stigma.

 Session 6: Effective Communication in the Recovery Process

Goal of the session: To gain an insight into the roles we adopt when communicating with others and how to avoid unproductive confrontation.

 Session 7: Relatives Self Care in the Recovery Process

Goal of the session: To discuss and understand what self care is and how to develop a personal care plan.


Location: The Bridge Street Centre, 16 Bridge Street, Cavan town

Date: Wednesday 4th October to Wednesday 15th November 2017

Time: 7pm to 9pm

If anybody would like more information about the course, please feel free to contact The Regional Development Officer.  The contact details are as follows:

Derek Pepper (Regional Development Officer for the North East region)

Mob: (086) 8525422