Mindspace Mayo

  • Mayo has developed the country’s first online information resource for young people whose parents experience mental health distress.

    The WITH project (Wellbeing In The Home), a young person’s guide to parental mental health, was launched in Castlebar yesterday.

    It is a collaborative project between Mayo Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Mindspace Mayo, young people representing Mindspace and Comhairle na nÓg, and young people who have used the CAMHS service. 

    All of the resources were developed under the guidance of people who share the experience of living in families where mental illness is a part of family life, young people and service providers in the mental health field.

    Ms Maria Walsh, MEP, who officially launched the project said that “the aim of the WITH Project is to foster better mental health outcomes for children of parents with a mental illness, reduce stigma associated with parental mental illness, and help friends, family and workers identify and respond to the needs of the children and their families where parental mental illness exists.”

    The WITH online resources are available on its own dedicated YouTube channel and national websites such as www.mindspacemayo.ie, www.yourmentalhealth.ie, and various HSE websites making it accessible to young people across the country who live with the impact of parent Mental Health distress.

  • Mindspace Mayo would like to sincerely thank Mr Tim O’Leary and the Mayo GAA International Supporters Foundation for their generous and much-appreciated donation of €35,000 which was received yesterday and will go towards their youth mental health support service.

     

    Mindspace, which is based in Castlebar — and has outreach services in Erris and Ballina — assists young people from all across Mayo to meet the demands of modern life.

     

    They offer mental health and wellbeing support services to young people in the county aged from 15 to 25, and recently celebrated five years in existence.

     

    Mindspace’s support services cater for young people who are struggling to deal with common concerns like relationships, exam stress, sexuality and bullying, as well as those with emerging mental health difficulties such as mild depression and anxiety.

     

    “We were delighted to be contacted by the Mayo GAA International Supporters Foundation, and the kind support and willingness of Mr O’Leary and the Foundation donors to help our service in this special way is very much appreciated,” said Mindspace Mayo manager, Peadar Gardiner.

     

    “This donation will help to ensure that when a young person comes to us for help we are here to provide them with our free, confidential and non-judgemental support to get them through the difficulties they face in their lives.”