Detailed below are two papers recently by the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland’s REFOCUS group (Recovery Experience Forum of Carers and Users of Services).
REFOCUS is made up of 10 service users and 10 family members, who have given of their time to work with the College in improving training of psychiatrists, and in identifying ways to improve our mental health services.
Over the last two years, through a series of meetings, REFOCUS has debated these issues, and written these papers, we would appreciate it if these could be put on you organisations website.
“Who cares? Listening to the needs and experiences of carers of people with mental illness”, launched April 2013
“On the One Road to Recovery”, launched November 2013, was written by written a service user subgroup of REFOCUS. In this paper, the group use their experience to help trainee psychiatrists, and to help to all who experience mental illness and to their families.