Minister McEntee today launched the ARIES project, a recovery education project developed by the Mid-West ARI group. The Mid-West ARI group is comprised of representatives from HSE mental health service providers, service users, family members and Mid-West peer support centres.
Research carried out by this group in 2014 looked at the availability of courses on recovery in mental health in the region and found that people in the Mid-West region wanted to see courses available to people who have experienced mental health difficulties, family members, staff and the general public. Based on this research, Genio, a not-for-profit organisation, agreed to fund a Recovery Education Project for one year in the Mid-West. As a pilot project Mid-West ARIES will initially be developing up to ten modules that can be delivered across the region. The topics of the courses are created and delivered by people with lived experience, family members and staff working within the services.
Minister McEntee stated. ‘I wholeheartedly welcome this project, and particularly welcome the fact that it was a response to an identified need by the local people. Importantly, it also acknowledges the value of the learned experience and highlights how effective tapping into these learned experiences can be in supporting others in their recovery’.