Mid West ARIES is delighted to announce the launch of their updated online self-paced course “Understanding Acute Mental Health Services for Families, Carers & Supporters”.

Available 24/7, on any internet-enabled device (laptop, tablet or mobile phone), the course provides family members with everything they need to know about their loved one’s admission to an acute psychiatric unit. It provides clear, accurate information on admissions (voluntary and involuntary), introduces the multi-disciplinary team (MDT), explains care planning and discharge planning, gives practical information on the unit itself, as well as self-care tips and signposting to resources. Throughout the course, you will hear from family members who share their unique lived experience.

The overarching aim of the course is to de-mystify the acute psychiatric services; to give families, carers and supporters the information they need, when they need it, at the point of contact.

To access the course simply click on the link:

Understanding Acute Mental Health Services for Families, Carers & Supporters

What’s New?

With engaging video and interactive content throughout, the updated version focuses on the Acute Psychiatric Unit, University Hospital Limerick. The opening “Welcome” section takes you through the doors where you will meet members of the Multidisciplinary Team and other members of staff who all have a role to play in a loved one’s mental health recovery.

Learners then get the opportunity to experience a detailed video role-play where a family member asks questions of their loved one’s key worker. Need information on care planning? There is a video walkthrough of the process. We also get to learn about the many activities available to inpatients as part of the Recovery and Wellbeing programme in the Unit.

Learner Feedback:

“It’s visually very attractive and bite size. Also incredibly comprehensive and the Supporters voices were amazing to have included. Every base was covered! An amazing resource”.
“Simple, clean, easily presented with interactive elements and useful information”
“I would recommend this to anyone interested in understanding how Mental Health Services work in Ireland”.