ReachOut.com is an online youth mental health service, it focuses on people aged 12 to 25 years-old. Originated from the Inspire Foundation, ReachOut.com was developed in Australia in 1996. ReachOut Ireland CLG was launched in 2009 after feasibility studies by McKinsey and Company established a need for the service. Ireland has high levels of technology usage and availability. It has ongoing challenges with mental health problems and suicide rates, particularly among people aged 12 to 25 years-old. Reflecting the need for reliable information on anything which could affect someone’s mental health, ReachOut.com supports those going through a tough time. They emphasize peer support and the principle that we all know someone going through a tough time. ReachOut Services -Quality assured mental health information -Real-life stories by young people sharing their experience -Information and advice for parents through ReachOutParents.com -Blogs exploring relevant topics; celebrity stories with mental health connections, seasonal issues, mental health events etc. -Initiating and engaging in research with other organisations, supported by our annual Technology for Wellbeing Conference -ReachOut 101, online training programme to increase mental health literacy and learn ways to promote positive mental health. Website: https://ie.reachout.com/
Implementing co-production in traditional statutory mental health servicesSince the publication of A Vision for Change (Department of Health and Children 2006), which sets out the direction for mental health services in Ireland, new approaches to interacting with people who have lived experience of mental ill health have emerged. Co-production is one such approach. Co-production is a word used to describe the creation of a dialogical space where the service user, family members, carers and service providers enter a collaborative medical partnership to improve their own care and also service provision. Co-production is a cornerstone in the delivery of a recovery-oriented service and when implemented correctly it has the power to achieve positive change. The aim of this article is to provide background information and guidance on how to implement co-production in traditional mental health services. It is in line with the publication and implementation of the Irish recovery guidance document, A National Framework for Recovery in Mental Health.