The EOLAS programmes are mental health information and learning programmes with a focus on assisting participants recovery journey.There are two programmes; one is designed for persons diagnosed with schizophrenia spectrum or bipolar disorder and the other is for their families and close friends.
The information presented in the EOLAS programmes are research based on what family member and service user participants from 15 focus groups have told us.
The programmes aim to provide information on;
- An understanding of mental health difficulties, specifically schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder
- How a diagnosis is made once the person attends the mental health service for assessment
- What treatment options are available, including medication, psychological and family interventions and social rehabilitation
- How the individual experiencing mental health difficulties can use the mental health services and other community support services to regain control over their own lives and recover from their difficulties
- The impact of mental health difficulties on the person concerned and on their family and friends
- How families and close friends can support the person in their recovery
- How family members can look after themselves while learning to deal with the effects of ill-health in their relative
Providing information and support
What is the Eolas Programme?
The EOLAS programmes are eight structured modules of learning.The topics relate to mental health issues and how to deal with them with the focus of each programme on the promotion of recovery .The programmes take place over eight weeks and are of ninety minute duration. The delivery of the EOLAS Programmes is unique, as it is facilitated through peers (service users and family members) and clinicians working together using knowledge gained by lived experience and clinical expertise.
The programmes places a special emphasis on adult learning principles. As a result the programmes use discussion groups and individual learning activities as well as inputs from visiting experts.
It is our hope that this learning will increase your knowledge of mental health issues, raise awareness of self care needs and promote your confidence in the recovery journey.
The EOLAS ethos is based on an understanding that true collaboration is not possible without each participant in the EOLAS project being treated with dignity and respect, a recognition that everyone has a valid viewpoint and that information should be shared. The integration of this ethos is essential for the successful delivery of the programme. .
Sharing: Information and experiences
Understanding: How mental health difficulties affect the person and their families and friends
Partnership: The program is delivered in a collaboration between service users, their families, and members of the clinical team
Participation: Service users and their families participate at every stage of the program
Openness and Ownership: Information and understanding belong to everyone
Recovery and Respect: The program is based on the principles of recovery and respect for the participants
Trust: The program depends on establishing trust within the group