CAWT Innovation and Recovery online workshops

CAWT Innovation and Recovery College have developed an online zoom prospectus with a list of wellbeing courses with simple registration details up until the 15th of May. We hope you find it useful and the facebook page is updated daily with our courses also ( )

CAWT Online Course Prospectus

Covid 19 Community Supports & Resources

Please see attached documents for Supports, Resources and Initiatives in Sligo and Leitrim. You will notice that the list for Leitrim at present is not fully populated, that is because a lot of the supports and resources have not yet been published. However, there are numbers for people in the Leitrim Public Participation Network and Leitrim County Council who can and will link people with local supports and resources.

Also included is the Garda who are helping communities in whatever way they can at this time. Please feel free to share this widely

Sligo Supports & Resources Covid

Leitrim Supports and Resources COVID-19 

Mental Health Ireland podcasts

Mental Health Ireland have launched a new podcast series on a range of mental health related topics which you can listen to on Spotify or Itunes. Topics covered so far include ‘loneliness’, ‘the impact of technology on our youths mental health’ and ‘sleep’ 

Mental Health in the General Election

The General Election on the 8th of February 2020 must be a General Election in which mental health is given priority. Ireland’s mental health services are in a state of crisis and have suffered from years of significant under-investment, staffing shortages and access difficulties.

Mental Health Reform have launched the General Election 2020 Manifesto and call on candidates to pledge, if elected, to implement in full these essential changes for our mental health services.

  • We need substantial investment in Ireland’s mental health services: Ireland’s mental health budget must move from 6% of the overall health budget at least 10% of the overall health budget.
  • Ireland’s mental health services are not accessible 24/7: Crisis mental health services need to be accessible to every community in Ireland, for people of all ages.
  • Ireland’s mental health law does not give adequate protect people’s rights when they are in hospital for mental health treatment: The draft legislation to update the Mental Health Act, 2001, must be published in full and the law must be updated.

You can find more information on the Mental Health Reform website

You can support the campaign by asking your candidates how they will support better mental health service if elected:

  • What are your plans to increase investment in mental health?
  • Will you prioritise making mental health services available 24/7? How?
  • How will you progress the update of Ireland’s mental health laws?

You can also support the campaign online: 

  • Like and share our posts on social media
  • Tag your local candidates in our social media posts
  • Ask candidates how they plan to make mental health a priority
  • Donate to help make our voice louder


Let’s make mental health a priority in the General Election 2020!


Triple P Positive Parenting Programme

The new-year is a great time for making changes for you and your family to be healthier and have a happy family life. The Triple P Parenting Programme is available to support you as parents to achieve this.

Starting to make those healthy lifestyle and behaviour changes in the family can be daunting.  Life is busy and as parents we try to do our best, but many of us have daily struggles which can make it challenging to take control. Examples include when the children do not do as we ask, fight and tease each other, have bedtime issues or show signs of anxiety.  Triple P can offer you support with these challenges. Even if you don’t have these challenges you  may be interested in other tips and supports from the programme,  such as how best to support your child to set up a homework routine, how best to build their confidence and resilience and help them to develop problem solving skills. Triple P offers that support for free, why not give it a try?

What is the Triple P Positive Parenting Programme?
The Triple P – Positive Parenting Programme is one of the most effective evidence-based parenting programmes in the world, backed up by more than 35 years of on-going research. The programme offers parenting information, tips, skills and proven strategies to help parents respond to the questions and needs that inevitably arise in their families. This helps to prevent problems in the family, school and community and to create family environments that encourage children to realise their potential.  It does not tell you as a parent how to raise your children, but gives you the confidence and skills to build good relationships with their child, set boundaries and rules, confidently manage your children’s behaviour and prevent problems developing. It is flexible to the needs of individual families; this sets it apart from many other parenting programmes. You decide what strategy fits your family.

How often do I need to attend?
There are a few options, you can attend a once off  large public seminar or attend 5 small group meetings over 7 weeks. There is another option to attend for a once-off small group workshop focused on one specific issue e.g. managing disobedience.  

Where are the programmes held?
The Triple P parenting programmes is available in your local communities, usually in the evening time. If needed, a day time programme can be arranged.

Who facilitates the programme?
Triple P courses are facilitated by experienced staff in a relaxed environment. Parents have an opportunity to meet other parents going through similar family situations. Some parents feel they are the only family facing challenges. For other parents, it may be about preventing problems from happening in the first place. Either way, the result is happier family lives, with less stress. Feedback from a parent who attended a Group recently said, “Best programme I’ve attended, I feel I have more control as a parent” Another parent who attended a workshop said the clear calm instruction strategy was very helpful in teaching their children limits.

When is the next programme?
Courses commence as below with once off public seminars on how to raise your child’s resilience. This seminar is particularly useful if your child is anxious, fearful, not handling upset well, not coping well with losing. These seminars will be supported by Sligo Leitrim Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Professional

Tuesday January 21st, Park Suite, Sligo Park Hotel 7-9pm
Thursday January 23rd, Orchard Room, Bush Hotel Carrick on Shannon 7-9pm

For more info, please click on the following links….

Triple P poster

Triple P programme info

Alternatively to book a place or find out more contact
Aolish at or phone on 087 7391569P

Lifting the Silence on Suicide

Lifting the Silence on Suicide

Community Events in Sligo and Leitrim

The Lifting the Silence on Suicide Community Events will take place in ten communities in Sligo and Leitrim commencing in the Glasshouse Hotel in Sligo on 5th November followed by the Bush Hotel in Carrick-on-Shannon on 12th November. This series of events has being organised the Connecting for Life Sligo and Leitirm implementation group in an effort to bring a focus on suicide prevention to the people of Leitrim and Sligo.

Everyone at some point will be affected by suicide. We are all part of communities which link us to family, friends, colleagues and/or neighbours. The act of showing care and concern to someone who may be vulnerable, can make a big difference in their lives.  Asking someone whether they are OK, listening to what they have to say in a non-judgemental way, and letting them know you care, can all have a significant impact.

Suicide really is everyone’s business. Let’s come together to open the conversation about suicide in our communities. This event will explore:

  • How we can all help prevent suicide
  • The links between alcohol, substance misuse and suicide
  • A personal story, bereaved by suicide
  • Bereavement by suicide, the grief journey and supports
  • Training and Educational opportunities

We hope that you will spread the word and encourage family, friends and colleagues to attend these events to open the conversation about suicide.

 “Death through suicide is devastating not only for the families but also the local community. Each suicide affects society as a whole.  Therefore, as a society we need to de-stigmatise suicide and talk more openly about its causes and its impacts and how these can be prevented. The development of a local Sligo and Leitrim Connecting for Life plan brings together communities in much needed unity to raise awareness of the issue. I encourage people to come to one of the upcoming events and learn about what you can do to help and about the supports and services which are available”, said Thomás Mc Bride, Acting Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, Sligo Leitrim Mental Health Services.

The HSE’s website contains information and practical tips on how to mind your mental health. Reach out, listen and respond to others who are going through a difficult time. Also, further information including the dates and venues for these events can be found by clicking on the following poster.

Poster Lifting the Silence on Suicide

Mental Health First Aid course Sligo

Mental health first aid is the help offered to a person who is developing a mental health problem or who is experiencing a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves. It follows the model that has been successful with conventional first aid. Developed originally in Australia, Mental Health First Aid is now internationally recognised in over 23 countries and over 1 million people worldwide have been trained in Mental Health First Aid skills. Click on link below for details on this upcoming course in Sligo

Mental Health First Aid Sligo

World Mental Health Week 2019 – Leitrim

World Mental Health Day is held each year on the 10th October. It is an annual awareness raising event organised by the World Federation for Mental Health. This year’s theme is “Focus on suicide prevention”. We are reminded how the very simple day-to-day interactions we have with others, have the potential to make a difference to someone who may be struggling or feeling vulnerable. A series of events are taking place across Leitrim to encourage people to connect more, both with themselves, with others and with their communities.

Mental Health Week Leitrim booklet

‘Understanding Self Harm’ training 2019

For Whom:

The training is suitable for people who work with young people such as youth worker, teachers, residential care staff, Gardaí, and people in caring professions and parents, concerned members of the public, people who work in alcohol and addiction services, those who work with homeless people and people who work with those recovering from mental illness.


The aim of the programme is to:

* Develop participants’ knowledge and understanding of self-harm

* Develop participants’ knowledge of the reasons underlying self-harm behaviour

* Consider the needs of people who self-harm

Learning Outcomes:

The learning outcomes include:

* Improved knowledge, awareness and understanding of self-harm

  • what it is
  • what leads people to self-harm
  • its relationship to suicide

* Positive approaches to engaging with and caring for someone who self-harms

* Understanding of the prevalence of self-harm across different age groups and genders

* Familiarisation with the causes, reasons for and functions of self-harm

* Improved sensitivity and awareness of the needs of people who self-harm

* Awareness of treatments and helpful responses to people who self-harm


The programme involves an interactive style, including PowerPoint presentation, DVD clips, case study examples and small group discussions.

Forthcoming Training dates: 2019

Weds 23rd October 2019, Sligo

Thurs 14th November 2019, Carrick on Shannon

For bookings or further information contact: Belinda Taylor, Health Promotion 071 9135061

ASIST Training 2019

LivingWorksThe following 2-day ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Workshops are delivered free of charge to both professionals and members of the public by the Health Services. The aim of these Workshops is to increase awareness, develop skills and promote the prevention of suicide in our communities.


ASIST is a training course developed for both members of the public and professionals and particularly those people whose work brings them into contact with people who may be vulnerable or at risk of suicide.  This course is suitable for a broad range of people including, social workers, psychologists, care assistants, nurses, teachers, youth workers, GP’s, emergency medical technicians, home helps, childcare workers, public health nurses, the clergy, Gardai, community volunteers, mental health services staff…


Please note that ASIST is not recommended for any participant that has been personally bereaved or affected by a suicide in the previous twelve months.


ASIST training enhances people’s skills to intervene until either the immediate risk of suicide is reduced or additional support or resources can be found. The emphasis of the course is on   suicide first aid, on helping a person at risk stay safe and seek further help.



Forthcoming Training dates: 2019

  • 3rd & 4th December 2019 – Sligo


Please note that the training is over two consecutive days and is from 9 am  – 5 pm. Advanced booking is essential.

For further information contact: Belinda Taylor, Health Promotion 071 9135061

ASIST                                                           HSE