22 April 2015
By Bryan T. Smyth
The “MyMind Centre for Mental Wellbeing” in Cork City is marking its second year of providing fast, affordable and accessible mental health services for the community.
Minister (of State) for Primary Care, Social Care and Mental Health Kathleen Lynch will speak at the event at the Gresham Metropole Hotel on Friday.
MyMind first opened its doors in 2006 as a not-for-profit community based provider of accessible mental health care, and now has centres in Dublin, Cork and Limerick city.
MyMind provides counselling, wellbeing and psychotherapy services in over 10 languages either online, face to face or in the workplace.
MyMind charges are based upon employment status, allowing the unemployed or full time students to access services at vastly reduced rates. Revenue generated from full fee clients is reinvested, enabling MyMind to provide affordable services to all. New clients may self-refer and appointments are usually made within 72 hours of contact.
MyMind has impacted on more than 20,000 lives to date. Demand for mental health services in the community has seen appointments provided by MyMind Cork alone grow from 1,004 in 2013 to 2,061 in 2014 with a 97.41% growth in the time.
Founder and CEO Mr Krystian Fikert said, “In Ireland, someone experiencing mental health issues may be faced with long public sector waiting lists and costly private services. MyMind is working hard to fill this gap through a mental health service that is easily within everyone’s reach.
“MyMind’s vision is that the provision of an accessible and affordable service based within the community will help to culturally normalise mental health care and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness in Ireland.”