Below are resources in relation to COVID 19 that are relevant to our work. If a member of the team finds a resource that they think could be useful to the team, or have a suggestion to improve this page, please email me at email@example.com.
Our colleagues at the HRB National Drugs Library is gathering Covid-19 resources and publications in one place. This includes Irish and international guidance for those working in the area of substance use and with other vulnerable groups – please click here to visit the page.
Safetynet presentation on ‘Covid19 Helpline for Hostel staff /(Triage)’, ‘Testing’, ‘Monitoring & Assessment (M&A)’; and ‘Roma’ – please click here
Given the risks of both opioid overdose and coronavirus, the HSE has provided the following advice/guidance for anyone who may potentially administer naloxone and give Basic Life Support to those who are symptomatic – please click here
Drug overdose and Coronavirus (COVID-19) poster here
Useful information regarding working with people who are homeless and COVID-19 – please click here
Limerick Child & Family Psychology COVID-19 Resource Pack Final – please click here
For posters, booklets and videos for workplaces and communities to raise awareness about preventing the spread of coronavirus – please click here
For a PowerPoint presentation from HSPC and HSE please click here
Click here for a video from the HSE Clinical Lead for Homeless COVID 19 Response: Dublin Region
For information on cocooning, please click here and here
For advice from the Health Link Team on cocooning, please click here
For advice from the Health Link Team on self-isolation, please click here
This may be useful for some service users who are socially isolating/cocooning during the COVID-19 crisis.
A UK based digital health initiative has been made available for free for people who use drugs or who are in recovery.
The Breaking Free Group (www.breakingfreegroup.com), a UK based digital health and behavioural science company that specialises in addictive behaviours, has launched an initiative to make Breaking Free from Substance Use, its evidence-based digital intervention for drug and alcohol dependence, available free of charge to drug services in Ireland.
“In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Breaking Free Group has launched an initiative to make Breaking Free from Substance Use, its evidence-based digital intervention for drug and alcohol dependence, available free of charge to substance misuse treatment and recovery services across the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Gibraltar and Canada.
In the UK, this initiative is being rolled out by organisations including the NHS Substance Misuse Provider Alliance (NHS SMPA), Substance Misuse Management in General Practice (SMMGP), Scottish Government and Collective Voice, the national alliance of drug and alcohol charities.”
Services and services users can learn more about the programme here.
For service users to create an account, all they need to do is:
1) Visit www.breakingfreeonline.com
2) Click SIGN UP
3) Use this access code: dublin2020 to complete the required fields.
Once a service user has an account they may wish to also download the Companion app (the links to download these can be found at the bottom of the home page).
Ana Liffey has no affiliation to the Breaking Free Group.