PRIMERA Programme


“The mental health of families is an important public health issue with implications for individuals, the services they use, those who provide them, as well as policy makers and society in general” (Falkov, 2012; p.24).

Our new PRIMERA (Promoting Research and Innovation in Mental hEalth seRvices for fAmilies) programme of research – funded by the HSE – is investigating how best we can deliver mental health services and interventions to families where a parent has a diagnosed mental illness.

Background


Mental illness exacts a significant personal and social toll on individuals, families and communities whilst incurring huge economic costs – €11 billion per year in Ireland alone. Recent years have seen growing recognition of the importance of parental mental health and the need for more integrated and effective service responses to parents with mental illness and their children (e.g. Wilson et al., 2010; HSE, 2015).

Up to one in five young people live in families with a parent who has a mental illness (Reupert et al, 2012) whilst in the UK, approximately 1.7 million adults and 2.5 million children are affected by parental mental illness (Tunnard, 2004). However, the complex needs of these vulnerable families often go unrecognised and untreated, whilst the evidence for family-focused mental illness interventions is also very underdeveloped.

What are the aims of the research?


 

  1. To identify mental health services in Ireland that currently deliver, or are interested in developing and delivering family-focused intervention(s) for families where a parent has a diagnosed mental health problem (and their children aged 0-18years); and
  2. To subsequently investigate in more detail the implementation and effectiveness of selected interventions in order to inform a ‘think family’ care delivery agenda in Ireland (and internationally).

Family Talk Course


Thank you for taking part in the PRIMERA research project. Below you will find a link to a survey for children and adolescents (8 years to 18 years) who are taking part in Family Talk.

Also, if this is your FIRST time doing the survey, click on the link below to enter our online survey.

 

Thank you for taking part in the PRIMERA research project. Below you will find a link to a survey for adult PARTNERS who are taking part in Family Talk.

If this is your FIRST time doing the survey, click on the link below to enter our online Partner survey.

If for some reason you are not able to access the survey, check that you have clicked on the right link. If you are still not able to do the survey, please email PRIMERA@mu.ie

Current Project Team


Prof. Sinéad McGilloway
Director
Professor Sinead McGilloway is Principal Investigator of the PRIMERA programme (and also Director of the Centre for Mental Health and Community Research).
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Dr Mairead Furlong
CENTRE LEADER AND RESEARCH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATOR (PRIMERA)
Dr Mairead Furlong is a postdoctoral researcher with the PRIMERA research programme (and formerly a member of the ENRICH research team).
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Christine Mulligan
Doctoral scholar

Christine Mulligan completed her BA (Hons) degree in Psychology at Maynooth in 2017, achieving second in her class. She is now the PhD Scholar on the PRIMERA research project, undertaking a process evaluation of the introduction of a family-focused preventative intervention to address the impact of parental mental illness.

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Research Assistant
to be appointed in due course.