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Information for Event Organizers

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PsyCare Ireland is the first provider of welfare and harm reduction services in Ireland.
 

Having formed in 2021, we have the capacity to provide welfare at events ranging from 500 to 30,000 people. Our team brings a developed unique skill-set that enables us to effectively and compassionately manage a variety of drug-related difficulties and other psychological crises in a way that minimises unnecessary hospitalisation or medication. 

Services we provide include:

  • A tailored, highly price-competitive welfare, either as sole provider or as a specialist support unit to existing welfare

  • 24/7 service, staffed by an experienced and dedicated team of volunteers

  • Expert management of drug-induced psychological crises and support for those experiencing non drug-related emotional issues

  • A comfortable, beautiful safe-space for warmth, rest, hydration and recovery

  • Non-judgemental, empathic and person-centred care from an individual facilitator

  • Close liaison with other on-site services reducing unnecessary burden upon them

  • Specialist and credible harm reduction and drug information delivered in a variety of ways

  • Generic welfare services, such as provision of sunscreen and condoms

  • Training for other on-site services on how to effectively recognise and manage drug-related issues

  • A statistical report upon completion of the festival/event and identification of major trends in real time

Blue Surface

Why choose PsyCare Ireland for your event?

  • We are a vibrant community who fit into the festival ethos. Although many of our volunteers have professional qualifications which assist with welfare provision, one of our many strengths is our volunteers are seasoned festival goers who create a warm, empathetic and compassionate environment. We are very selective about our crew and train them to a high standard. All our volunteers are committed to helping people and are not just looking for a free ticket. Our team includes doctors, psychiatrists, mental health and drug workers, therapists and many other skilled professions.
     

  • Our peer-based approach to support and education means we ‘speak the language’ – we are approachable, trusted and the information we give is credible. We can reduce the risk of overdose and harmful drug interactions by providing comprehensive harm reduction advice and drug information to festival attendees. To extend our reach we offer workshops and flyering to interact with festival goers and engage them in issues around safer partying.
     

  • We are able to provide our own purpose built spaces which take into account ‘set & setting’ to create a calming, warm atmosphere suited to a festival environment rather than standard white tents which can seem clinical and make people uncomfortable.
     

  • We are experts in managing the challenging psychological states which can emerge as a result of drug use, especially psychedelic drugs. These can prove difficult for festivals to manage; requiring a large number of personnel from medics, security and event organisers.  We pride ourselves on our ability to manage these situations to result in the best outcome for all involved. By providing intensive support for challenging presentations we are able to reduce police involvement and psychiatric hospitalisations. This can help avoid the negative press and licensing issues that are associated with the involvement of emergency services (as well as ensure a better outcome for the individuals involved)
     

  • We are the first welfare service specialising in psychedelic crisis in Ireland, but we’re also highly skilled at dealing with other legal/illegal drug issues as well as psychological, emotional and behavioural problems.