Below is a list of web-based resources relating to consumer health information, quality, literacy, design. If you would like to add a website to the links section please submit it through our bulletin board.
Alcohol Action Ireland provides information on alcohol-related issues, creating awareness of alcohol-related harm and offering policy potential solutions for reducing that harm.
The National Documentation Centre on Drug Use (NDC) is a unique information resource providing Irish researchers with access to electronic and hard copy research documentation on all aspects of drug use.
Latest news about drugs and alcohol
Strategies towards responsible alcohol consumption for adolescents in Europe. An EU funded project involving 10 partner organisations from around Europe including the HSE.
The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global campaign by the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Children\‘s Fund (UNICEF) which recognises that implementing best practice in the maternity service is crucial to the success of programmes to promote breastfeeding.
The Northern Ireland Health Promotion Agency\‘s breastfeeding website provides a wide range of information about breastfeeding for mothers and employers in Northern Ireland.
Cuidiú - The Irish Childbirth Trust provide support services in Antenatal and Birth Preparation, Breastfeeding, Postnatal and Parenthood. Cuidiu is a nationwide group and has a diverse programme of events and activities running throughout the country in local Branches including antenatal classes, breastfeeding support groups, mother and baby groups and postnatal support groups.
The La Leche League in Ireland is a voluntary organisation which provides information and support to women who want to breastfeed their babies. Accredited La Leche League Leaders organise monthly meetings and are also available at any time to speak with a mother in person or on the telephone. Leaders are volunteer mothers who have enjoyed nursing their own babies and who see the importance of helping other mothers develop a happy nursing relationship.
The purpose of the Association of Lactation Consultants Ireland (ALCI) is to promote the professional development, advancement and recognition of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants ( IBCLC) for the benefit of breastfeeding infants and children, mothers, families and the wider community.
A new Irish breastfeeding website providing a wide range of information, discussion forums and support on ALL aspects of breastfeeding. The site also includes current breastfeeding news in the media, celebrity breastfeeding news, breastfeeding meetings, groups and contacts.
Aware is a voluntary organization formed in 1985 by a group of interested patients, relatives and mental health professionals, whose aims are to assist that section of the population who are directly affected by depression.
HandsOnScotland is an online resource for anybody working with children and young people. The website provides practical information and techniques on how to respond helpfully to children and young people\‘s troubling behaviour, build up their self-esteem and promote their positive mental wellbeing.
website about mental health for young people
Mental Health Ireland is a national voluntary organisation which aims to promote positive mental health and to actively support persons with a mental illness, their families and carers by identifying their needs and advocating their rights.
The National Office for Suicide Prevention is part of HSE Population Health, it oversees the implementation of ‘Reach Out’ the National Strategy for Action on Suicide Prevention, co-ordinates suicide prevention efforts around the country, and speaks regularly with agencies and individuals interested and active in suicide prevention.
This website has been developed as part of the ‘Your Mental Health’ awareness campaign, which aims to improve awareness and understanding of mental health and well-being in Ireland. The campaign and this website are coordinated by the National Office for Suicide Prevention.
The Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute (INDI) is the national organisation for clinical nutritionists/dietitians in Ireland. The INDI’s mission is to encourage, foster and maintain the highest possible standards in the science and practice of human nutrition and dietetics, to positively influence the nutrition status and health of the individual and the population in general.
Over 500,000 young people from across Ireland take part in the HSE Community Games every year, with more competing every year.
This website promotes the recently published National Physical Activity Guidelines for Ireland. The site provides clear, concise and user friendly guidance to support the public, professionals and policy makers to Get Ireland Active.
WalkingMatters engages with communities to improve the quality of walking in our towns and communities so that people can choose active, or low-carbon, travel more often.
GPs across Ireland are now referring patients to specially qualified instructors at leisure facilities. The 12 week referral pathway helps empower individuals to lead a physically active lives.
The Consumer Health Information Consortium (CHIC) is an autonomous UK organisation run by and for people interested in the provision of high quality health information to the public.
CHIC aims to:
*Promote the principle of free, open access to health information
*Support and encourage the provision of high quality services to users
*Act as a forum and focus for the dissemination of research in health information
*Provide support and training opportunities to members
The Health on the Net foundation is a swiss based Non Governmental organisation working to promote access to quality Health Information on the web. It does this through a number of tools including medhunt and HONselect. Medical websites can gain accreditation by conforming to HoNs guiding prinicples which aim to assist consumers in their search for hi-quality accurate and timely, unbiased health information.
The Society is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation. We are dedicated to improving the quality and safety of healthcare, to supporting the development of professionals in healthcare quality through professional education, and to providing a network for those working in or interested in healthcare quality.
The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) is a membership organisation with voluntary status, concerned with national co-ordination, training and policy development in adult literacy work in Ireland.
NALA works to “...ensure all adults with reading and writing difficulties have access to high quality literacy provision.”
The site contains useful resources for people looking to develop user friendly material. There are downloadable guidelines on Health and Literacy.
The Health Research Board (HRB) is the lead agency in Ireland supporting and funding health research. We provide funding, maintain health information systems and conduct research linked to national health priorities. Our aim is to improve people\‘s health, build health research capacity and make a significant contribution to Ireland’s knowledge economy. Our latest Corporate Strategy clearly outlines how we hope to achieve this working in partnership with other organisations.
The results of the latest National Survey of Lifestyle, Attitudes and Nutrition (SLÁN 2007) in Ireland were published on 29th April last. The data provided by SLÁN is a valuable source of information which can inform healthy public policy and the development of a range of public health and health promotion programmes and initiatives.
Infomation on safer sex, HIV, and other STIs and HIV testing.
Services information and support for gay men.
The aim of the HIV Services Network Directory is to provide an information and referral tool for professionals working in the field of HIV and Sexual Health and for HIV positive individuals, supplying clear and accurate information on services available.