College Theme 2014/15: Caring for Carers

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland has many commitments in training, professional competence and public awareness. A considerable amount of work is achieved annually through its faculties and committees. The College Council has chosen to focus some of that work on a particular theme within mental health services. For 2013, that theme was Youth Mental Health and for 2014 - 2015, the theme is Caring for Carers

In 2012, the Department of  Health published the National Carers Strategy. This has been an important development in progressing carers legislation and signals the Government’s commitment to recognising and respecting carers as key care partners and to responding to their needs, across a number of policy areas

                                                        RELATED ARTICLES & VIDEOS
CPsychI's Medfest 2014 The Caring for Carers theme was addressed at CPscyhI's MedFest (medical film festival) at UCD. A humorous and touching short documentary called 'Irene' was shown. The film examines the everyday tasks involved in caring for someone with Alzheimer's. Watch Irene here.
CPscyhI's REFOCUS Group                            REFOCUS Who cares? Listening to the needs and experiences of carers of people with mental illness
Bodywhys Eating Disorders - A Resource for Parents
Care Alliance Ireland Ten Tips for Family Carers                              
Family carers: Looking after our hidden workforce
Carers Week reminds us of our unsung heroes - Liam O' Sullivan, Care Alliance Ireland                           
Family Caring in Ireland
Fact Sheet on Family Caring in Ireland              
The National Carers' Strategy
 Irish Times Campaigners argue that caring should be classified as a "public health concern": study finds up to 15% of carers of children are depressed (07/02/14)
Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK) A checklist for carers of people with mental health problems (RCPSYCH & Partners in Care)
Carers and confidentiality in mental health: improving the lives of people with mental illness
Meeting the mental and physical healthcare needs of carers (RCPSYCH's Journal of Psychiatric Treatment) 
European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) EAPC White Paper on Family Carers: part 1 & 2
SHINE  Guidelines for Realising a Family Friendly Mental Health Service (January 2014)

Useful websites:  
Alzheimer's Society of Ireland http://www.alzheimers.ie 
Barnardos http://www.barnardos.ie
Bodywhys http://www.barnardos.ie
The Carers Association & Young Carers http://www.carersireland.com 
Care Alliance Ireland http://www.carealliance.ie
Caring for Carers http://www.caringforcarers.ie
Disability Federation of Ireland  http://www.disability-federation.ie
Inclusion Ireland http://www.inclusionireland.ie
Irish Association of Social Workers http://www.iasw.ie
Mental Health Ireland  http://www.mentalhealthireland.ie 
Mental Health Reform  http://www.mentalhealthreform.ie
SHINE http://www.shine.ie