June 15 Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support Update

Dear Mount Merrion Residents,

We hope this message finds you well. We appreciate your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. Below are a few communications updates for you.

Public Health Advice:

Stay Safe Guidelines and posters
As we’ve entered phase 2 of the government’s roadmap, we have updated our public health advice posters to reflect current advice.  In addition to a new general public health advice poster, we have also created “Stay Safe Guidelines” for use in specific scenarios:

1. at home
2. at work
3. at indoor gatherings
4. at outdoor gatherings
5. exercising outdoors
6. when using public transport
7. when shopping

The full range of formats are available on the Department of Health Information Resources page . Irish language versions are also available.
The Stay Safe pop up banner image is available here .

Face Coverings
Starting Monday 15th June, there will be new radio adverts on air highlighting information on when and how we should use face coverings. There will also be information about face coverings on the HSE’s social media.

You can find information on face coverings here .
You can download the poster on how to use face coverings here with a high resolution version available here .

Self-Isolation images
A number of self-isolation digital images are available under the ‘Social Media Graphics’ drop down menu available here .

Wellbeing ‘In This Together’
The joint DOH, HSE campaign continues to give mental health and wellbeing advice across the country and local authorities through Healthy Ireland are also rolling it out on a regional basis.
New videos covering the following topics have been added here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKnppf81g7anACu4znMeHsA/videos?view_as=subscriber

1. Tips when visiting your GP, Dr John O’Brien, GP
2. Tips for the traveller community, Patrick Reilly
3. Staying safe in your home – Sgt Graham Kavanagh, An Garda Siochana
4. Managing Sleep Difficulties, Daniel Flynn, HSE

We appreciate your continued support of this campaign under the hashtag #InThisTogether

Other resources/campaigns:

A new National Bereavement Support Line

The Irish Hospice Foundation, in conjunction with the HSE, has set up a new National Bereavement Support Line to provide connection, comfort and support to those grieving in these exceptional times. It is a freephone service and will be open from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday, starting from 9 June. The number to call is 1800 80 70 77. Please find more information on: https://hospicefoundation.ie/bereavement-2-2/bereavement-support-line/

The service will provide a confidential space for people to speak about their experience with personnel specifically trained to provide bereavement support and information. It is anticipated that the Line will be used by health care staff seeking support too. It is staffed by Irish Hospice Foundation and HSE personnel and volunteers.

HSE Launches Study to Investigate COVID-19 Infection in People Living in Ireland (SCOPI)

The HSE is issuing letters to more than 5,000 people inviting them to participate in the study to measure exposure to COVID-19 infection in the population using an antibody blood test. The presence of antibodies indicates that a person was infected with the COVID-19 virus. Initial results are expected in late August and will enable HPSC to estimate prevalence of infection of COVID-19 in the population across different age groups. A representative sample of people in both Dublin and Sligo will be invited to participate as it will be representative of the wider population, with higher and lower known levels of infection respectively. Those who consent to take part in the study will be asked to complete a short questionnaire and will provide a blood sample taken by a phlebotomist in a local HSE centre.

Government Roadmap

The Government’s roadmap for reopening society and business can be found here.  Please also check here for the most up to date partner resources for COVID-19.

Public Health Information: As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to:

If your organisation has any specific requests in relation to COVID-19 public health information materials, please email us and to let us know.
Please share and pass on to relevant teams and communities.

Keep well, remember we’re #InThisTogether and #HoldFirm

Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support