Strategic Plan January 2017 to December 2020
Welcome to the Strategic Plan for Wicklow Mental Health Association for the three-year period from January 2017 to December 2020.
Our fundamental aim is to support those in our community who are actively managing a mental illness, their families and friends and the provision of high quality mental health promotion for the local population.
Since its inception in 2000 Wicklow Mental Health Association (WMHA) a volunteer organisation affiliated to Mental Health Ireland (MHI) has worked with health professionals and community organisations to deliver the following health promotion initiatives:
- Monthly mental health promotion talks for the public.
- Peer led social clubs, “Companions” and “Well Ahead” to help those actively managing a mental illness on the road to recovery.
- Suicide prevention courses, safeTALK and ASIST in partnership with the HSE.
- WRAP training courses in partnership with the HSE/Wicklow Mental Health Service.
- “Woodlands For Health” programme a unique recovery programme utilising Coillte woodlands. The programme, a partnership with Coillte, MHI, HSE/Wicklow Mental Health Service, Wicklow Sports Partnership and UCD. Both UCD and the HSE have produced an evidence based report, proving the programme to be successful, one of the positive developments was the formation of the “Well Ahead” social club, a member led organisation supported by the association now based in the HSE Wicklow Primary Care Unit.
In our strategic plan for the next 3 years
We will continue to support those in our community who are actively managing a mental illness, their families and friends and the provision of high quality mental health promotion for the local population.
To achieve this we will:
- Continue to support all current activities outlined above.
- Actively campaign to ensure that mental health issues are dealt with openly and frankly.
- Strive to see a reduction in discrimination and stigma associated with mental illness within our community, at all levels.
In achieving these objectives we will continue to seek the assistance of our committed volunteers who assist in a wide diversity of work which includes fundraising and will endeavour to improve their capabilities through training to enhance the range of supports and services we provide in our community.
None of this could be achieved, of course, without the active support of a wide range of partner organisations and individuals who work with us, our team of volunteers and support from Mental Health Ireland.