A CONSUMER panel to enhance mental health services in West Cork is to be created in Bantry this Friday.
A public meeting will take place in the West Cork Development Partnership offices, Upper Main Street, Bantry on Friday August 31 at 6pm, (Tea & coffee will be available from 5.30 p.m).
All those with an interest in mental health issues are welcome to attend.
The Bantry Mental Health Service plans to create a consumer panel to ensure that those who need help and support are at the centre of the decision making process.
It is hoped that the consumer panel will express the opinions, views, suggestions, needs and wishes of people who use mental health services.
It is hoped that family members and friends of those suffering with mental health issues will also take part.
The panel will serve as a local representational group, which will be linked with other similar consumer panels throughout the country.
Each panel will decide for itself how best to work within its own local area whilst enjoying the benefits of being part of a national movement.
“The guiding ethos of the consumer panel is to protect, promote and represent the interests of all service users and their families while ensuring that every individual can feel confident that their own views, needs and wishes will be heard and will help to shape service delivery and the future strategic direction of mental health services locally in Bantry and also at a national level,” Elizabeth Donovan, National Service Users Executive said.
For more information contact Damien Godkin at 085 805 7055 or Elizabeth Donovan at 085 121 2418.