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Mental Health Ireland Annual Conference 2014 - A great success

The Mental Health Ireland Annual Conference 2014 took place from 23rd to 25th of May at the Castleroy Park Hotel in Limerick. It was a huge success with a great turnout from the voluntary sector, our Mental Health Associations and from service users. 

We had inspiring and thought proviking talks from key note speakers include Declan McCarthy who works closely with Paddy McGowan, recently appointed Interim Head of Service User, Family Member and Carer Engagement on the new HSE National Mental Health Management Team; Professor Agnes Higgins, Associate Professor in Mental Health and Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery, TCD, a strong advocate for Recovery and Seán Megahey, Director of Services with HAIL - the Housing Association for Integrated Living, with new perspectives on support in housing.

The attendees also had the opportuity to join the Green Ribbon Talk and Walk woodland walk in Curragh Chase Forest in collaboration with Coillte, The Irish Farmers Association, See Change and Mental Health Ireland. It was a lovley outing and certainly gave all attendees the opportunitiy to talk to eachother in the beautiful surrondings of Curragh Chase Forest Park. 

Please find some of the presentations from the conference and workshops here 

Declan McCarthy's keynote presentation can be found here.


MHI Green Ribbon Talk and Walk in Curragh Chase Forest - Limerick

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National Men’s Health Training Delivered in Ennis

Mental Health Ireland in partnership with the HSE and Croi Na Gaillimhe delivered a fantastic training day to key personnel who work with men in many different capacities in County Clare. These included members of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Community & Development Workers & those working with Employability Services in Ennis. Many thanks to Ennis Mental Health Association for kindly sponsoring the training day it was greatly appreciated. 

The aim of the training day was to increase participants understanding of best practice in engaging men with their health and social services. The 13 participants fully engaged in exploring some of the main issues in relation to Men’s health such as;

1.       Understanding the broad Social Determinants of Health, including how gender influences Men’s approach to looking after their own health.

2.       Understanding how best practice guidelines in working with Men should be used to engage more effectively with their Health and Social Services and within Health programmes.

3.       Being aware of the barriers and prompts experienced by Men when accessing Health and Social Services.

4.       Developing an awareness of how to set up and support effective group work with Men.

5.       Developing key skills to successfully conduct a health consultation with men in relation to sustaining behaviour changes.

One of the participants notes that “ the course provided me with a greater insight  into the key issues that impact on men’s health and it provided me with confidence in relation to engaging and  working with men”

There are plans to deliver another training day in Clare again over the next few months. If interested in doing this training please contact Elaine Cunniffe on 0860480201

Ennis Engage

Mental Health Ireland National Photography Project Winners

This years Mental Health Ireland National Photography project entries were fantstic! We at head office loved looking at all the colourful and creative entries and it was a very hard decision to chose winners. Once again, the level of entries was very high and after careful consideration the overall winner and provincial winners have been chosen.

The national winner is Tara Corcoran, 16yrs,St Joseph's Adolcescent School, Fairview, Dublin 3 and her winning photo is attached. All our provincial winners photos can be found on our Flickr link here

National Winner - Tara Corcoran, 16yrs,Dublin

Mental Health Ireland National Art Project Winners

This years Mental Health Ireland National Art project contained such a huge amount of creativity. Once again, the level of entries was very high and after careful consideration the overall winner and provincial winners have been chosen.

The national winner is Avril Sinnott, 16yrs from Abbey Community College, Ferrybank Co Waterford and her artwork is attached. All our provincial winners artwork can be found on our Flickr link here.

1.National Winner - Avril Sinnott resized

Certificate in Mental Health in the Community

Adult Continuing Education at UCCMental Health Ireland announces a new mental health education programme which will be begin in April 2014 in Cork. 

UCC in association with Mental Health Ireland has developed a new and innovative Certificate programme in response to an increased awareness of mental health and mental health challenges in recent times. The programme will begin in April 2014 in UCC. It is planned to deliver the programme in other centres nationally later this year.

more details here Certificate in Mental Health in the Community

How to bounce back with an emotional suit of armour

Linda Thorpe Development Officer with Mental Health Ireland talks to Kathy Donaghy in The Independent about emotional resilience. Seet the article here


About Mental Health Ireland

Welcome to Mental Health IrelandMental Health Ireland (MHI) is a national voluntary organisation with 104 local Mental Health Associations (MHAs) and branches throughout the country. The membership includes mental health professionals and lay people who provide care, support and friendship for the mentally ill.  Mental Health Ireland aims to promote positive mental health and to actively support persons with a mental illness, their families and carers by identifying their needs and advocating their rights.

People who have good mental health:

  • Feel good about themselves
  • Feel comfortable with other people
  • Are able to meet the demands of life

Why should the average young person be concerned about mental illness and know about mental health? 

Here are just two facts:

  • One person in every three attending the family doctor has a mental health aspect to the medical problem
  • Of those who live to 65 – one in nine will spend some time in mental health care

As a member of the general public it is highly desirable that you should learn as much as you can about the importance of mental health and recognise and deal with causes of stress and other factors leading to mental breakdown. 

Remember that sometime in your life, you, a member of your family or a friend could become mentally ill and your understanding and help could be of tremendous support.

Moving Office

Mental Health Ireland have relocated  to:

2 Marine Terrace,

Dun Laoghaire,

Co. Dublin. 




Mental Health Ireland is not a crisis support service and this website is an information and signposting resource.

If you, or someone you know, needs support, someone to talk to or is in crisis; please see our 'Help' section.

MHI Upcoming Events


29.07.2014 15:30 - 17:00
Bray MHA Social Club


30.07.2014 10:30 - 12:30
Wicklow MHA Social Club


30.07.2014 18:30 - 20:30
Dalkey Table Tennis Club


01.08.2014 18:00 - 20:00
Dun Laoghaire MHA Social Club


05.08.2014 15:30 - 17:00
Bray MHA Social Club

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Mental Health Tribunal Research

Have you attended a Mental Health Tribunal?Would you be willing to talk about your experiences?

Jennifer Brown from DCU is doing research on mental health tribunals and is looking for volunteers to talk about their experiences.

Click here for more details

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