Skills for Change Evaluation

D10 Be Well

D10 Be Well is an interagency initiative which works to respond to the mental health and well-being needs of the Dublin 10 community. It does this by bringing key stakeholders together to create a space for dialogue. This collaboration has led to the development of a local area action plan, aimed at promoting mental health awareness, skills-sharing and improved service provision.

The D10 Be Well developed ‘Skills for Change’ training to support participants in developing the knowledge, skills and confidence they require to represent effectively in decision-making fora. The training focused on three main areas: committee skills, professional conduct and interpersonal skills, and understanding the mental health structures.

The ‘Skills for Change’ Training Programme was successfully designed and developed through a partnership initiative between the Local HSE Mental Health Services Team and the staff of the Ballyfermot/Chapelizod Partnership.

A total of 10 individuals successfully completed the November 2015 training programme and derived significant benefit from their participation in terms of their confidence, their ability to listen and put their views together in a coherent way and in terms of their knowledge of how committees and mental health structures work. In this way the training programme can be clearly seen to have met both its purpose and its aims.

The programme has also generated a number of questions for the HSE Mental Health Services Team and indeed for the staff of the Ballyfermot/Chapelizod Partnership in terms of:

  1. The delivery of the spring 2016 training

  2. Providing ongoing support for the November 2015 trainees

  3. The challenges (ethical and practical) of finding committees open to participation by people with self-experience of mental health issues

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