MyMind is providing FREE counselling services for those affected by Covid-19

 

MyMind is providing FREE counselling services for those affected by Covid-19

MyMind’s free online #Covid-19 sessions continue until the end of September. If you have been affected in any way by the pandemic or are feeling very stressed and overwhelmed, why not consider talking to a professional? Visit www.MyMind.org for more information.

The Covid-19 Pandemic has had a ravaging effect on mental health in this country. From the fear of contracting the virus to losing our jobs or suffering isolation or bereavement, it has been a very challenging time for us all. Now, more than ever, the importance of minding our mental health is very clear.

MyMind has been at the forefront of providing much-needed mental health counselling services since 2006. Our focus has been on providing affordable and accessible mental health services within the community, bypassing the need for clinical referral, long waiting lists and high-cost services.

During the Pandemic, MyMind has already provided over 15,000 appointments through the free Covid-19 project, funded by Sláintecare and HSE Community Operations Mental Health, and this service has been extended to the end of September 2021.

As we look ahead, and in the context of the unrelenting uncertainty presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, MyMind will continue to provide high quality, accessible and affordable services. We will continue to provide discounted rates to those who are not in full employment but who are in need of mental health supports. MyMind believes that everyone who needs access to mental health supports, particularly in the context of early intervention, should get that support.

Getting help and staying connected are essential to maintaining good mental health. Talking to a qualified professional is a proven and effective way of dealing with problems of stress or anxiety.

For more information, visit mymind.org, email hq@mymind.org or call 076 680 1060.

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

The vaccination programme continues to be rolled out nationwide, and we have administered a total of 161,500 Covid-19 vaccines (up to 24th January), which means that 3% of our population has received a first vaccination. As planned, the HSE completed the first series of vaccinations (Dose 1) in nursing homes on the 24th January.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Information for those aged 85 and over

Please find below the information for those aged 85 and over, which will be shared in the media (radio, press and tv) beginning the 1st February 2021:

 

If you’re aged 85 or over, you’ll be offered a free COVID-19 vaccine next.

You don’t need to register in advance.

As soon as your vaccine is available, your GP will let you know.

Everyone else will be offered the vaccine when it’s their turn.

If you have questions about your COVID-19 vaccine, we have answers you can trust on hse.ie. Or you can call HSElive on 1850 24 1850.

 

Where to find COVID-19 Vaccination Information

We encourage everyone to read about the COVID-19 vaccine and to get their information from a factual, trusted source – here are the links to the pages with information on the vaccine:

 

COVID-19 A-Z

You can find the COVID-19 A-Z information here from the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).

 

Face coverings

Face coverings are now mandatory in retail outlets, banks, credit unions and post offices, in taxis, in bus and rail stations, on public transport and for workers in customer facing roles in cafés, bars and restaurants. You can find the latest information on face coverings here.

 

COVID-19 posters

You can download the latest COVID-19 posters from gov.ie here and hse.ie here.

 

Healthy Ireland and sponsorship of Operation Transformation

The ‘Keep Well’ cross-Government community resilience campaign co-ordinated by Healthy Ireland and funded by Slaintecare is sponsoring Operation Transformation this year.

The programme goes out at 9.30 on Wednesday nights on RTE 1 TV and will be on air over the coming weeks.

 

Operation Transformation is a TV series on RTE 1 encouraging the Irish public to get active and get healthy. Over the course of the show it gives the nation the tools they need to get moving, lose weight and feel great. It is however much more than a TV programme – it is an empowering movement with the ability to have a significant impact on the behaviours we need to change. The viewership for the last 3 weeks has been greater than 400,000 viewers per episode.

 

The leaders and themes are supported across the Healthy Ireland social media channels, in particular Facebook and also a series of helpful videos, similar to above. The Healthy Ireland team would be grateful if you would share this information across your social channels.

 

Public Health Information

As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/ and https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/. Clinical and professional guidance relating to COVID-19 is available on www.hpsc.ie where you’ll find up to date guidance for healthcare settings and non-clinical settings.

 

 

 

Please also check the Healthy Ireland site here with further resources and information on the Keep Well campaign.

 

You can view the latest information on how Ireland is responding to cases of COVID-19 here.

 

Ireland’s COVID-19 Data Hub is available here.

Covid -19 Vaccine

Covid-19 continues to significantly impact on all our health and wellbeing. Vaccination will play an important role in reducing community contact and reducing the severity of disease.

Everyone is encouraged to read about the COVID-19 vaccine and to get their information from a factual, trusted source . The HSE website on www.hse.ie/covid19vaccine is a good place to start, and you can find the vaccine information materials at www.hse.ie/covid19vaccinematerialsPlease be sure that you have the information you need .COVID-19 Vaccine English

Flu Vaccine 2020 – Information for Staff

The flu vaccine will be available from the end of September 2020

Healthcare workers prevent the spread of flu and save lives by getting the flu vaccine.

The best way to protect you, your patients and your family is to get this year’s vaccine.

You can pass the flu virus to somebody you care for even before you know that you are sick.

Flu can be transmitted from 1 day before (asymptomatic) and for 3 to 5 days after developing symptoms. During this time patients and colleagues could become infected.

Healthcare workers and flu

Healthcare workers are at an increased risk of getting flu.

At least 20% of healthcare workers are infected with flu every year. Many people do not get symptoms of flu. You might only have mild symptoms and continue to work. This increases the risk of passing on flu to patients, family and colleagues.

If you have any symptoms of flu, please do not visit:

  • hospitals
  • residential care facilities
  • vulnerable people

People who are 65 and older or with long-term medical conditions, often have weaker immune systems. These groups are more likely to be in hospitals and long-term care facilities. They rely on the immunity of people who care for them.

Research has shown increased vaccinations lead to a reduction in the rates of flu-like illness. This means less hospitalisation and deaths from flu in the elderly. It also means there is a reduction in healthcare worker sick leave.

Visit the HSE Website for further information and see the information leaflet below.

Flu Vaccine Information for Healthcare Workers

Flu Vaccine 2020

The flu vaccine for at-risk groups will be available from the end of September 2020

The seasonal flu vaccine protects against 4 strains of flu virus. These are the strains most likely to be circulating this flu season.

The vaccine is available every year to adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.

You need to get a new vaccine each year. This is because the strains of the flu virus change. This is why it is called seasonal flu. But people commonly call it flu.

You should get your flu vaccine as soon as it’s available, to be covered for flu season.

Flu season runs from September to end of April.

At-risk groups

Some people are more at risk of getting complications if they catch flu.

You can get the flu vaccine for free if you’re in an at-risk group.

You are in an at-risk group if you:

  • are 65 years of age and over
  • are pregnant
  • have a long-term medical condition – for example, a heart, lung, kidney or neurological disease or cancer
  • have a weak immune system – for example, if you have diabetes or you’re having chemotherapy
  • live in a nursing home or other long-term care facility
  • are obese and have a body mass index (BMI) of over 40
  • are a child with a moderate to severe neurodevelopmental disorder such as cerebral palsy
  • were born with Down syndrome

Where to get the flu vaccine

You can get the flu vaccine from:

  • your GP
  • a local pharmacy
  • an occupational health department if you work in healthcare

Visit the HSE Website for more information and see information leaflet below.

Flu Vaccine Information for People at Risk