Doing The Best We Can is a Peer Support Network offering information and support to parents/guardians and those indirectly affected by mental health difficulties within the family.
We encourage self care, well being and self empowerment to enable the parent to get through this difficult journey.
Our first hub, 'Mayra House', is on the Northside of Dublin. Services provided concentrate on the parents understanding of their child's difficulties, including who to contact for medical and peer support. Our goal is to uplift and support parents on their journey. There is no charge but if you are able to make a donation all funds go back into the organisation.
We have put together a support PDF for parents who are struggling. This will include information on the area their child has difficulties with, relaxation techniques, self-care for the parents, and the opportunity to be contacted by someone who is on a similar journey. Please email us if you are interested.
At a glance..
Doing The Best We Can was founded by Cliodhna McDonnell, Bsc Psychology, and Kari Kelly, Masters Degree in Special Education. Both Kari and Cliodhna have children that have been through 'the system', and realized the difficulties that are facing parents / guardians with regard to accessing information, services and support.
There was no support for parents throughout this difficult journey, therefore they created a Facebook group so that parents/ guardians might share their experiences and provide emotional and practical support for each other.
Throughout the past six years they noticed that there is more of a demand for a physical contact between parents / guardians and so Mayra House was set up to facilitate this interaction
Gain an understanding of what your child's diagnosis means to you and your child. Accessing information of where to go for treatment and support. One-to-one sessions are a free and confidential to access message us through any of our social media forums, through email or in house.
Group support through zoom or in house improves quality of life, increases and improves engagement with parents and their children, and encourages a healthy mind and better self-management.
We offer a free online service through all our social media forums website email, Instagram. LinkedIn or Facebook messenger. Just contact us and we will get back to you. As we are going through this pandemic you need not be alone. We are here to support you.
What Our Parents Say
Being a part of a group of parents who are going through similar difficulties with their children's Mental Health has been invaluable. I live in the country and there is a lack of support close by so it's wonderful to be able to connect online with other parents.
Paula ( Tipperary)
When 'S' became depressed I felt so alone. I didn't know what services were available or where I could access them. Doing the best we can guided me and offered support.
When your child has Mental health difficulties the hardest part is seeing them go through so much pain. Doing the best we can allowed me to open up to other parents online or at coffee meetings and receive amazing support. I am very excited to hear of the opening of Mayra House so that many more parents can get the peace of mind and support they have to offer.