PROMOTING SOCIAL CONNECTEDNESS
Who We Are
Welcome to the National Family Resource Centre Mental Health Promotion Project (FRC MHPP). As part of the National Forum of Family Resource Centres, we provide education, training and best practice guidance around suicide prevention, wellness recovery action planning, and positive mental health promotion to the management, staff, and volunteers of 121 Family Resource Centres across Ireland. In addition, The FRC Mental Health Promotion Project is the lead and support organisation for 10 Health and Wellbeing Community Referral Sites in Cork and Kerry in partnership with Cork/Kerry HSE Health and Wellbeing.
Our Vision is of an Ireland where fewer lives are lost through suicide and communities, and individuals are empowered to improve their mental health and wellbeing.
Our Mission is to provide education, training and support to the staff and volunteers of all 121 Family Resource Centres around suicide prevention, wellness, recovery action planning, self-care, resilience building and positive mental health promotion. In so doing, we hope to positively impact the mental health of the staff and management of FRCs and the health and wellbeing of the communities FRCs serve.
Family Resource Centres provide universal support to individuals and families across their life course. As the only national programme that offers such a drop-in service to the public, FRCs are presented with a wide range of social issues. Often underpinning these issues are mental health difficulties.
Funded by the National Office for Suicide Prevention, TUSLA, the HSE and the Gambling Awareness Trust, we promote shared responsibility and response to the action of suicide. We foster collaborative partnerships with all relevant agencies, organisations and other stakeholders and strive to raise awareness, reduce the stigma associated with mental health difficulties and reduce the number of suicides in Ireland.
The National Family Resource Centre Mental Health Promotion Project undertakes the following key areas of work:
Promoting Social Connectedness through Social Prescribing, Health and Wellbeing Community Referral
Combating Stigma by Creating Awareness, Advocacy & Dialogue
Helping to create an informed, cohesive response to suicide and suicide ideation through the Research and development of our FRC Suicide Prevention Code of Practice