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Revealing Mental Health Ireland's new logo...

We are delighted to unveil our new logo!

Here is a brief video about the logo and what it signifies. 

The logo is based on the Eight Dimensions of Wellness and reflects our role to promote positive mental health and wellbeing to all individuals and communities and to support people who experience mental health difficulties on their journey of recovery.

Well-being is about feeling good and functioning well. Positive mental health is associated with increased confidence and self-esteem, increased vitality, improved relationships, increased community participation and a greater ability to manage emotions and to deal effectively with the problems everyday life presents. 

The Eight Dimensions of Wellness described by Margaret Swarbrick is presented as a model for embracing personal wellbeing and recovery.

Recovery is a deeply personal, unique process of (re)gaining physical, spiritual, mental and emotional balance when one encounters, illness, crisis or trauma'. Margaret Swarbrick, A Wellness Approach, 2006

Mental Health Ireland’s vision is for an Ireland where mental health is valued as being an essential part of personal wellbeing and the health of the nation.

We couldn’t be happier with Create, the design agency we worked with to produce our new look. They understood our brief and were able to transform it into what you see here. We hope to be in a position to reveal our shiny new website in the coming weeks, which we are very excited about!

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Mental Health Ireland's new logo

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MHI launches new NFQ Level 6 Certificate Programme - Mental Health in the Community

Mental Health in the Community

Commencing October 22nd 2014 in Tralee Co. Kerry 

Recognising a growing interest in mental health, Mental Health Ireland and Adult Continuing Education, UCC have joined forces to offer a new and innovative part time evening course, the Certificate in Mental Health in the Community. The course will look at how communities can support and enhance mental and emotional wellbeing through good practice in mental health promotion and suicide prevention. It examines contemporary issues in mental healthcare in both policy and practice, exploring what can work for people who experience mental health difficulties in supporting their recovery.   

Orla Barry, CEO of Mental Health Ireland said: “We are delighted to be a part of this exciting course. It will give participants an opportunity to become part of the solution, by building their knowledge of and skills in mental health promotion awhile learning about good practice in supporting others to recovery.”

Who should apply?

The Certificate in Mental Health in the Community will be of benefit to all those who are committed to enhancing their current competence, skill and practice in mental health.This includes:

  • Individuals who are actively engaged in Mental Health Associations, in community and voluntary work and/or community development.
  • Healthcare professionals.
  • Peer Advocates with a lived experience of mental health difficulties.
  • Workers in social care, housing and disability services.

Coming to Dublin and Limerick in January 2015

UCC

Please visit UCC’s website to view the content of the Certificate

Students can apply online or download an application form and post it to ACE

http://www.ucc.ie/en/ace-cmhc/


Programme Details

Duration: 1 year

Teaching Mode: Part-Time

Qualifications: Certificate

NFQ Level: Level 6

NFQ Award Type: Special Purpose

Costs: €990

Entry Requirements: At least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application. While there are no formal educational requirements, it is expected that proposed candidates will have attained Leaving Certificate/FETAC Level 5 or an equivalent qualification. Prior experience will be taken into account. Applicants should submit a personal statement with their application, which details their academic background, relevant work/life experience and motivation for taking this course. All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or equivalent TOEFL score.

 

For further information please contact

 

Brenda Healy: Programme Coordinator

Centre for Adult Continuing Education
UCC
Cork
m. 086 8079204

 

e. b.healy@ucc.ie">b.healy@ucc.ie


Mental Health Week 2014 Activities

Mental Health Ireland – Mental Health Week Activities

We have listed some of the activities taking place all around the country supported my our Mental Health Associaitons. If you are hosting an event and it's not listed please let us know and we will add it in. Happy Mental Health Week everyone and please share your #PlantoProtect your mental health with us over on twitter @mentalhealthIrl and facebook.

Sunday 5th October

Wicklow MHA / Way Ahead Project Walk / 3pm / Avondale Woods, Rathdrum

Limerick MHA / SMRC Urban Run (5/10km) / 1pm / www.smcr.ie

Limerick MHA / Launch: Reflections Art Exhibition / 7-9pm / The Sailors House, O’Curry Street

Limerick MHA / Wellness Information Day / 12-5pm / Crescent Shopping Centre, Limerick

Limerick MHA / Reflections Secondary School Exhibition / 10.30-5pm Mon-Sat / Hunt Museum

Waterford MHA / WFM Radio interview / 12noon

South Tipp MHA / U6 and U8 Football Blitz / 11am / Clonmel Og Club

 

Monday 6th October

Arklow Youth MHA / Launch of weeklong activities / 11-12.30 / Arklow Bay Hotel

Galway MHA / Launch of ‘Five Ways’ card by Fergal Moore / 1pm / Quadrangle, NUIG

Galway MHA / Information stands / 11-3pm / University Hospital Galway

Carlow MHA / Official Opening of rainbow Café / 10.30am / Potato Market

Carlow MHA / ‘Making the most life throws at us’ John Lonergan / 11.30pm / Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow

Arklow Youth MHA / Donal Walshe ‘Live Life’ session (4th Yrs) / 1-2pm / Arklow Bay Hotel

Carlow MHA / ‘Introduction to Mindfulness’ Leonie Baldwin / 1pm / Shaw Room, Carlow Town Library

Carlow MHA / Nutrition Talk, The Nutrition Clinic / 2.30-4pm / Involvement Centre, St Dympna’s

Arklow Youth MHA / Donal Walshe ‘Live Life’ session (6th Yrs) / 2.30-3.30pm / Arklow Bay Hotel

Carlow MHA / Nutrition Talk, The Nutrition Clinic / 7.30 – 9.30pm / Graiguecullen Parish Centre 

Limerick MHA / Reflections Secondary School Exhibition / 10.30-5pm Mon-Sat / Hunt Museum

Limerick MHA / ‘Becoming Unstuck’ Focus Programme / 10.30 – 12.30pm / Focus Programme, 5-6 An Dun Church Rd

Limerick MHA / ‘Mindfulness’ Christine Beekman / 5-6.30pm / Focus Programme, 5-6 An Dun Church Rd

Tuesday 7th October

Arklow MHA / Youth Suicide Prevention Workshop / restricted event

Galway MHA / Wellbeing events for hospital staff /University Hospital Galway

Arklow Youth MHA / Drugs and Alcohol Awareness / Local schools, Arklow

Breffni MHA / Positive Coping Skills Seminar / 10-3pm   

Tipp Sth MHA / ‘Ealaion Gach Duine II’ Exhibition / 10-5pm / The Narrow Space, Mitchell St, Clonmel      

Ballybay MHA / Oisin McConville talks about mental health / 10.30am / Caun Mhuire, Ballybay, Monaghan

Rathdowney MHA / Engaging with Aging / 10.30 / Respond Community Centre, Abbeyleix

Carlow MHA / Fairgreen Fun – Tai Chi / 11-12noom / Fairgreen Shopping Centre

Carlow MHA / Building Resilience Talk, Linda Thorpe / 11-12noon / Bagnelstown Family Resource Centre

Arklow Youth MHA / Drama Theatre Co – Smashing Times (5th yr) / 11-12.30pm / St Mary’s College, Arklow                         

Carlow MHA / ‘Happiness in the workplace’ Stephen Dargan / 1-2pm / Shaw Room, Carlow Town Library

Athlone MHA / Looking After your Mental Health with Paul Gilligan / 1.30pm / Athlone Community College

Arklow Youth MHA / Drama Theatre Co – Smashing Times (5th yr) / 2-3.30pm / CBS and Gaelcholaiste na Mara, Arklow 

Carlow MHA / Individuality documentary & Wellness workshop / 4.30 – 6pm / The Vault, Burrin St, Carlow

Carlow MHA / Mind Matters Collection Launch  - The Happy Movie / 5.30pm / Shaw Room, Carlow Town Library

Carlow MHA / ‘The Rise Foundation’ talk with Frances Black / 7.30pm / Talbot Hotel, Carlow

Carlow MHA / ‘The Lessons for Living’ Stephen Dargan / 7.30 – 9.30pm / Askea Parish Centre

Carlow MHA / Drama Therapy Workshop / 7-9.30pm / The Vault, Burrin St, Carlow

Limerick MHA / Launch: GROW’s Soul Survivors 3 Book / 12/30-2pm / GROW office, 33 Henry St

Limerick MHA / Mad Hatters Fancy Dress Tea Party / 9pm – late / The Library Bar, Cornmarket Row

Wednesday 8th October

Wicklow MHA / Coffee Morning / 10.30am / Scout Hall, Wicklow Town

Dun Laoghaire MHA / Social Inclusion Week / All day / Dun Laoghaire Co Council Offices

Galway MHA / Wellbeing events for hospital staff / University Hospital Galway

Carlow MHA / Relax and Knit / 10-12noon / Open Door, 165 The Laurels, Carlow Town

Rathdowney MHA / Talking Mental Health, Men’s Shed / 10.30am / Rathdowney

Arklow youth MHA / Sports Blitz / 11-1pm / Coral Leisure Centre

Carlow MHA / Promoting Positive Mental Health for your Children / 10.30am / Shaw Room, Carlow Town Library

Carlow MHA / ‘Necessary Losses: Traumas & Tragedies, Tim Dunne / 1pm / Shaw Room, Carlow Town Library

Carlow MHA / Food for Friends / 12.30 – 2.30pm / Rainbow Café, Potato Market              

Carlow MHA / Co Carlow Women’s Health Night / 7-9.30pm / Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow

Carlow MHA / ‘Emotional Wellbeing’ Bernie Dunne-O’Reilly / 7-8.15pm / Forward Steps Resource Centre, Tullow

Limerick MHA / Yoga for mental health / 11-1pm / St Michael’s Rowing Club

Limerick MHA / ‘Hearing voices and schizophrenia’ Brian Hartnett / 7.30-9pm / Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry’s Mall

Rathdowney MHA / the Kathleen Gorman Memorial Lecture / 7.30pm / Abbeyleix Manor Hotel

Tipp Sth MHA / ‘Little Gem’ production (€10) / 8pm / O’Keeffe’s

Limerick MHA / Night of mindful poetry with Barney Sheehan / 9.30pm – late / The Whitehouse Bar, O’Connell Street

Thursday 9th October

Arklow Youth MHA / Coping with Bullying, Pat Cortney / Local schools, Arklow

Mullingar MHA / Who Cares for the Carer free seminar / 10am-4pm / Annebrook Hotel, Mullingar

Ballyfermot MHA / Coffee morning – open event / 10am / Ballyfermot Primary Care Centre

Tipp Sth MHA / Coffee Morning / 10-12 / Cuan Croi MH Day Centre, Tipp

Tipp Sth MHA / Craft Group / 10-12noon / Morton Street Day Centre

Limerick MHA / ‘You’ll never believe what I heard’ Rumours & Mental Health / 10 – 12noon / Doras Luimni Office, 51a O’Connell Street

Carlow MHA / ‘Taking Control’ Martin Mathews / 10am-4pm / Cathedral Parish Centre, Carlow

Tipp Sth MHA / Drama Workshop ‘Power of Imagination’ / 11-12 / Cuan Croi MH Day Centre, Tipp

Galway MHA / Information stands / 11-3pm / University Hospital Galway

Carlow MHA / ‘Eating Disorders support and recovery’ Valeie Byrne / 1-2pm / Shaw Room, Carlow Town Library

Tipp Sth MHA / Memoir Writing / 1-2pm / Cuan Croi MH Day Centre, Tipp

Limerick MHA / Mens only Minding Your Mental Health / 6-7.45pm / Exhibition Centre, Crescent Library

Carlow MHA / Holistic night / 7-9.30pm / Teach Brid, Tullow

Navan MHA / Open Evening / 7-9pm / Navan MHA Social Club, Leighsbrook Lane

Celbridge MHA / Mindfulness for Building Resilience & Stress Management / 7.00pm / Celbridge Library

Tipp Sth MHA / ‘Little Gem’ production (€10) / 8pm / O’Keeffe’s

Longford MHA / Music Extravaganza with “Bright Lights” €10 / 8pm / Longford Arms Hotel

Limerick MHA / Mind, Fitness & Stress Management Dr Andrew Hodgers / 8-10pm / Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry’s Mall

Mayo MHA / Conor Cusack – ‘My journey with depression’ / 6pm / St Mary’s Hall, GMIT

 

Friday 10th October

Mayo MHA / Distribution of mental health information / All day / Super Valu, Castlebar

Tipp MHA / ‘Living Well with Dimentia’ Conference / 9.30 – 4pm / Hotel Minella, Clonmel

Tallaght MHA / Talk on writing & storytelling for your wellbeing / 10-11am / South Co Dublin Library, Tallaght

Waterdord MHA / Coffee Morning / 10-12noon / Brook House, Cork Rd, Waterford

Tullamore MHA / Introduction to WRAP / 10 – 12.30pm / Tullamore Library

Tipp Sth MHA / Mental Health Awareness talks & Workshops / 10 – 3pm / Cuan Croi MH Day Centre, Tipp

Mayo MHA / GMIT Information Day / 11-3pm / GMIT Castlebar

Arklow Youth MHA / Big Sing Finale – ticketed event / 12-2.30pm / Arklow Bay Hotel

Tipp Sth MHA / Pop Up Shop – Mental Health Info / 12-2pm / Outside SuperValu, Market Place, Clonmel

Fingal MHA / Coffee & wellness afternoon – open event / Donabate Parish Hall

Dun Laoghaire MHA / Bingo Night – restricted event

Tipp Sth MHA / The Art of Maintaining Mental Health / 2-5pm / Sth Tipp art Centre

Galway MHA / Information stands / 11-3pm / University Hospital Galway

Galway MHA / Choral Recital / 8pm / St Nicholas Collegiate Church

Carlow MHA / Minding Yourself / 10.30am / Family Resources Centre, Bagnalstown

Waterford MHA / Living with Schizophrenia / 10-1pm / Brook House, Cork Rd, Waterford

Waterford MHA / Information Stand & Waterford Voice male Choir / All Day / City Square

Carlow MHA / ‘Men’s Health’ Lorcan Brennan / 1pm / Shaw Room, Carlow Town Library

Carlow MHA / ‘Radical Forgiveness’ Rose Tobin / 2.30pm / Cathedral Parish Centre, Carlow

Carlow MHA / Youth Mental Health Mile / 4.20-5.30pm / Eire Og, Carlow

Carlow MHA / Shiny Happy Music / 7-9.30pm / The Vault, Burrin St, Carlow

Limerick MHA / Support around pregnancy & childbirth, Nurture / 11-12.30 / St Michael’s Pastoral Centre, Denmark St

Limerick MHA / Gala Concert in aid of Limerick MHA (€20) / 8pm – late / Southcourt Hotel, Raheen

Saturday 11th October

Kilkenny MHA / ICA Conference – CEO, MHI, Orla Barry presenting / 10-1pm / Hotel Kilkenny

Mayo MHA / Social Care and Mental Health Seminar / GMIT Castlebar

Carlow MHA / Walk for your mental health / 10am  / Lord Bagenal, Leighlinbridge

Carlow MHA / ‘Stories of Recovery’ Dil Wickermasinghe / 2-3.30pm / Visual, Old Dublin St, Carlow

Tipp Sth MHA / Gala Fashion Show / 3-4pm / Clonmel Showgrounds Shopping Centre

Carlow MHA / Plant a tree for OCD / 3pm / Carlow Town Park

Carlow MHA / Newstalk FM outside broadcast / 6.30-10pm / Woodford Dolmen Hotel

Mental Health Ireland celebrates World Mental Health Day

Mental Health Ireland celebrates World Mental Health Day with local events for the whole community to enjoy

Plan to Protect Your Mental Health & Wellbeing 

World Mental Health Day is celebrated worldwide on the 10th of October. It is an opportunity to bring awareness to mental health on an international, national and local scale, informing and educating people about mental health and to work towards ending the stigma and create a non-judgemental space for people struggling with their mental health to open up and talk. If you would like to plan an event during Mental Health Week please download our Toolkit Here!

Mental Health Ireland’s vision is for an Ireland where mental health is valued as being an essential part of personal wellbeing and the health of the nation.  Rather than focusing on mental and emotional pain as something to be eradicated, we need to promote the message that it is normal and indeed natural to feel down at times, and that feeling vulnerable is an inherent part of being human. 

Mental Health Ireland will launch their ‘Plan to Protect your Mental Wellbeing’ campaign this Mental Health Week. It encourages everyone to become aware of their wellbeing by following five simple steps. These include Connecting with others, being Active on a daily basis, Taking Notice of what’s happening around you, to Keep Learning and to Give back to your community, friends or family. By monitoring our activities and actions in these areas of our daily lives we can see which areas we are doing well in and others we may need to concentrate on. 

Mental Health Ireland have 103 Mental Health Associations in communities all over Ireland. Each Association has developed a number of activities and events to celebrate World Mental Health Week between the 5th-12th October. Some of these activities include:


National Choral Singing Week in association with Mental Health Ireland. 

Laois Connects in association with Mental Health Ireland – full week of events can be found in this link 

Limerick Mental Health Association awareness week are compiling their events and information can be found on their facebook page

Mensana Fest with Carlow Mental Health Association will be revealing their events on their facebook page 

The Longford Mental Health Association are hosting a musical evening in the Longford Arms Hotel on the 9th October 


More information and events will be uploaded so please keep an eye on this page for events taking place in your locality and please support Mental Health Ireland. If you would like to organise your own event please see this link for our World Mental Health Week Toolkit  


Text MHI to 50300 to donate €4 to Mental Health Ireland

100% of text goes to MHI across most network providers. Some providers apply vat which means that a minimum of €3.26 will go to MHI. Service provider: likecharity. Helpline 01 4433890

Text MHI to 50300 to donate €4

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Lifesaving mental health services need more funding from Government

The national coalition Mental Health Reform has launched a public campaign calling on Government to ensure community mental health services have the funding they need to provide 24/7 crisis support across the country.

Sign the petition asking Government to allocate an additional €50 million, as promised, for the continued development of community-based mental health services in 2015, and especially for 24/7 crisis intervention services in every area of the country. Share the link with your colleagues, supporters, on Twitter and on Facebook. If your organisations has support groups or offices around the country, could you encourage them to support the campaign? 

If you'd like to print hard copies and get signatures that way, you can download the petition here (http://www.mentalhealthreform.ie/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Mental-Health-Lifesavers-Petition-2014.pdf) or just give Mental Health Reform a call on (01) 8749468 and they'll post some out to you. Please return signed petition sheets to us by 1st October.

Support Mental Health Reform's #MentalHealthLifeSaver social media campaign by taking a photo of you with your own personal mental health lifesaver, whoever or whatever that might be, and tweeting it to @MHReform with the hashtag #MentalHealthLifeSaver or emailing it to info@mentalhealthreform.ie.

They've had photos of cups of tea, gardening, running, friendship, yoga mats, sunshine - what's your mental health lifesaver? 

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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

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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.

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Certificate in Mental Health in the Community - Tralee, October 14

 

Mental Health in the Community

Commencing October 22nd 2014 in Tralee Co. Kerry 

Recognising a growing interest in mental health, Mental Health Ireland and Adult Continuing Education, UCC have joined forces to offer a new and innovative part time evening course, the Certificate in Mental Health in the Community. The course will look at how communities can support and enhance mental and emotional wellbeing through good practice in mental health promotion and suicide prevention. It examines contemporary issues in mental healthcare in both policy and practice, exploring what can work for people who experience mental health difficulties in supporting their recovery.   

Orla Barry, CEO of Mental Health Ireland said: “We are delighted to be a part of this exciting course. It will give participants an opportunity to become part of the solution, by building their knowledge of and skills in mental health promotion awhile learning about good practice in supporting others to recovery.”

Who should apply?

The Certificate in Mental Health in the Community will be of benefit to all those who are committed to enhancing their current competence, skill and practice in mental health.This includes:

  • Individuals who are actively engaged in Mental Health Associations, in community and voluntary work and/or community development.
  • Healthcare professionals.
  • Peer Advocates with a lived experience of mental health difficulties.
  • Workers in social care, housing and disability services.

Coming to Dublin and Limerick in January 2015

UCC

Please visit UCC’s website to view the content of the Certificate

Students can apply online or download an application form and post it to ACE

http://www.ucc.ie/en/ace-cmhc/


Programme Details

Duration: 1 year

Teaching Mode: Part-Time

Qualifications: Certificate

NFQ Level: Level 6

NFQ Award Type: Special Purpose

Costs: €990

Entry Requirements: At least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application. While there are no formal educational requirements, it is expected that proposed candidates will have attained Leaving Certificate/FETAC Level 5 or an equivalent qualification. Prior experience will be taken into account. Applicants should submit a personal statement with their application, which details their academic background, relevant work/life experience and motivation for taking this course. All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or equivalent TOEFL score.

 

For further information please contact

Brenda Healy: Programme Coordinator

Centre for Adult Continuing Education
UCC
Cork
m. 086 8079204

e. b.healy@ucc.ie

 

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

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Mental Health Ireland celebrates World Mental Health Day

Mental Health Ireland celebrates World Mental Health Day with local events for the whole community to enjoy

'Plan to Protect' your mental health & wellbeing

World Mental Health Day is celebrated worldwide on the 10th of October. It is an opportunity to bring awareness to mental health on an international, national and local scale, informing and educating people about mental health and to work towards ending the stigma and create a non-judgemental space for people struggling with their mental health to open up and talk. If you are planning an event during Mental Health Week please download our Toolkit here! 

Mental Health Ireland’s vision is for an Ireland where mental health is valued as being an essential part of personal wellbeing and the health of the nation.  Rather than focusing on mental and emotional pain as something to be eradicated, we need to promote the message that it is normal and indeed natural to feel down at times, and that feeling vulnerable is an inherent part of being human. 

Mental Health Ireland will launch their ‘Plan to Protect your Mental Health & Wellbeing’campaign this Mental Health Week. It encourages everyone to become aware of their wellbeing by following five simple steps. These include Connecting with others, being Active on a daily basis, Taking Notice of what’s happening around you, to Keep Learning and to Give back to your community, friends or family. By monitoring our activities and actions in these areas of our daily lives we can see which areas we are doing well in and others we may need to concentrate on. 

Mental Health Ireland have 103 Mental Health Associations in communities all over Ireland. Each Association has developed a number of activities and events to celebrate World Mental Health Week between the 5th-12th October. Some of these activities include:


National Choral Singing Week in association with Mental Health Ireland. 

Sing out Loud, Sing out Strong – the Big Sing in The Helix on 5th October 7.30pm – tickets €16 are available here 

Laois Connects in association with Mental Health Ireland – full week of events can be found in this link 

Limerick Mental Health Association awareness week are compiling their events and information can be found on their facebook page

Mensana Fest with Carlow Mental Health Association will be revealing their events on their facebook page 

The Longford Mental Health Association are hosting a musical evening in the Longford Arms Hotel on the 9th October 


More information and events will be uploaded so please keep an eye on this page for events taking place in your locality and please support Mental Health Ireland. If you would like to organise your own event please see this link for our Mental Health Week Toolkit  


Text MHI to 50300 to donate €4 to Mental Health Ireland

100% of text goes to MHI across most network providers. Some providers apply vat which means that a minimum of €3.26 will go to MHI. Service provider: likecharity. Helpline 01 4433890

About Mental Health Ireland

Welcome to Mental Health Ireland

Mental Health Ireland (MHI) is a national voluntary organisation established in 1966. Mental Health Ireland has 103 Mental Health Associations member organisations located in communities throughout Ireland.  We aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing and actively support persons with a mental health condition and their families on their journey towards recovery.

Mental Health Ireland has been an innovator in the promotion of mental health in Ireland for almost half a century now and are founding members and the Irish representatives for both Mental Health Europe and the World Federation for Mental Health.

The organisation’s core staff includes a CEO and support staff who operate at a national level and a team of Development Officers located strategically across the country. 


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. 

 

relocating    

 

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

NOV
18

18.11.2014 15:30 - 17:00
Bray MHA Social Club

NOV
19

19.11.2014 10:30 - 12:30
Wicklow MHA Social Club

NOV
19

19.11.2014 18:30 - 20:30
Dalkey Table Tennis Club

NOV
21

21.11.2014 18:00 - 20:00
Dun Laoghaire MHA Social Club

NOV
25

25.11.2014 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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