What is our Worth? Valuing Family Support
A new report released by the National Family Support Network shows that 91% of family members who attend family support experience a reduction in mental health difficulties.
The report shows that providing services to affected family members results in significant improvements in their lives and also provides significant cost savings to the state. Sadie Grace, C.E.O. of the National Family Support Network, which celebrates it's 10 year anniversary this year, noted: “Our research proves what those of us living with a family member with addiction already know; support works.
This research shows that when family members engage in structured family support services, 91% of them experience a significant reduction in mental health difficulties, 89% report an improvement in their family relationships and 80% report a reduction in negative coping behaviours, such as smoking”.
Ms. Grace continued: “Not only do our services support significant improvements in family members’well-being, but we also save precious public resources –the social investment analysis of our services showed that for every €1.00 invested into family support groups generates a social value return between €5.00 to €5.50. These vital services, often volunteer led, are a lifeline for families in distress, they must continue and grow.”
The research, which is set out in the report, Valuing Family Support: A Social Return on Investment Analysis on Understanding the Value of Family Support for Families Coping with Addiction Issues - carried out jointly by Quality Matters and the National Family Support Network –is being launched at St. Andrew’s Resource Centre on December 6th at 10:30 AM at an event marking the ten year anniversary since the Network became an autonomous support agency. The report is available on request from NFSN.
For further details:
National Family Support Network CLG
5 Gardiner Row
Telephone: (01) 898 0148