The NEIC Dual Diagnosis project is a capacity building project based in the North East Inner City area. Between January and May 2021 a series of Dual Diagnosis Awareness workshops and Train the Trainers workshops were delivered to people and organisations living and working within Dublin North East Inner City by the Dublin North, North East Recovery College.
The need for a community response to Dual Diagnosis was informed by both the Mulvey Report and the NEIC Strategic Plan (2020-2023). This particular Dual Diagnosis Awareness intervention is internationally viewed as a first stage in preparing communities how to best respond to complex needs associated with Dual Diagnoses. As a result of the first phase which included the above workshops, the participants expressed an interest to move to another level of capacity building, where groups would work collaboratively together to create a joined-up response to Dual Diagnosis within the community.
The aspiration was to create capacity within the community, by the community through relationship development and dialogical engagement. In September 2022 the Recovery College partnered with the Recovery Academy Ireland and a Dual Diagnosis Project Coordinator was given the role to facilitate this next stage of community Capacity Building.
Collectively, the staff and members of Dublin North North East Recovery College and partner organisation The Recovery Academy (RAI) have a track record with participatory approaches to research and community development, to empowering community recovery education approaches and in the area of substance use and mental health difficulties. The range of expertise includes: experts by experience, professional practitioners, academic researchers, community development workers and experienced educational providers.
Using a community development approach, the aim of the project is to enhancing community capacity to respond to dual diagnosis in Dublin North East Inner City by creating a trauma informed recovery community.
What we have achieved so far:
Monthly Community Forums
Five monthly open dialogue forums with topic discussions such as barriers to care for dual diagnosis, how can we work together and what is needed to better support people and families;
26th October - Ballbough Community Centre
24th November - St Agatha's Hall
18th January - St Laurence O'Toole Recreation Centre
28th February - St Agatha's Hall
29th March - Pavee Point
Community Engagement Session
Half-day session with 28 community stakeholders working together to co create an integrated community care pathway for people experiencing Dual Diagnosis.
Trauma Informed Community Workshops
Two 2-day workshops that work towards building the capacity of the community to become a trauma informed community of recovery – 60 participants;
22nd/23rd March - The Sanctuary, Dublin 7
18th/19th April - The Hub Café, Kings Inn Street
Dual Diagnosis Enhancement Skills Workshops
2 full-day workshops establishing and building on the existing skills in the community to work with Dual Diagnosis. Co-facilitated and delivered by local community experts and experts by experience – 50 participants;
22nd/29th May - St Laurence O’Toole Recreation Centre
23rd/30th May - The Hub Café, Kings Inn Street
Integrated Pathway Tool
The formation of an integrated pathway tool that can be used as a resource to support the coordination of care within the community. Created by the community, for the community.
The development of an interactive map of services that supports the integrated community care pathway resource consisting of details of services on offer in relation to mental health and substance use.
Interactive Community Care Pathway
This interactive infographic is designed to represent the different stages of support for an adult or young person experiencing Dual Diagnosis. The main graphic layouts out the journey of care from prevention, intervention, treatment, and Recovery, and by clicking on the icons in the bottom right-hand corner you can explore the different ways of working that encourage a coordinated response to supporting a person or family experiencing the challenges of mental health and substance use issues in the community.
Community Care Services Map
The goal of the map is to:
Act as a user-friendly resource for finding information about services that can support an individual or family's journey through mental health and addiction recovery
Encourage community organisations that can offer support to become more integrated in their approach through networking and collaboration
If your service is listed below and would like to be added to the map, please fill out this Microsoft Form
Services that can be included on the map:
Early Learning Education,
Youth Justice Services,
Sports and Wellbeing, Community Social Supports,
Youth Residential Services,
Community Addiction Support Services,
Family Support Services,
Peer Support Workers,
Alcohol Specific Services,
Education and Employment services etc
Printables for Your Services
QR codes that can be placed in your services to redirect service users and staff to the Care Pathway and Map that can be used on their phone or device
If you would like to find out more you can contact the Dual Diagnosis Project Co-Ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.