Following the sucess of the Certificate in Mental Health in the Community course currently underway in UCC in Cork, Mental Health Ireland have announced four new locations for the course delivery including Tralee, Dublin, Athlone and Limerick. The course in Tralee is acceptig applications now for their October course. Closing date for applications for Tralee is 26th September and early application is reccommended. Application form can be downloaded here.
The new and innovative Certificate programme was developed in response to an increased awareness of mental health and mental health challenges in recent times. The first programme began in April 2014 in UCC and is a huge success.
Course Title: Mental Health in the Community
College: Adult Continuing Education, Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: October 2014 - July 2015
NFQ Level: Level 6
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.
Closing Date: 26th September
Next Intake: Tralee, Co Kerry, October 2014
For further information please contact:
Brenda Healy Programme Co-ordinator
Adult Continuing Education
University College Cork
t. 086 8079204]
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.
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
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.
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.
Mental 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
Linda Thorpe Development Officer with Mental Health Ireland talks to Kathy Donaghy in The Independent about emotional resilience. Seet the article here.
Mental Health Ireland: Development Officer Mid-West Region
Mental Health Ireland is recruiting a Development Officer based in the Mid- West Region covering the counties of North Tipperary, Limerick and Clare. The contract is for one year.
The Development Officer will deliver Mental Health Promotion education and training activities in the region and support the operation and development of local Mental Health Associations. The role demands flexible working hours and a capacity for lone working.
Candidates will have experience working in a mental health area or relevant community/voluntary sector area; knowledge of mental health promotion and mental health services; proven capacity to plan and deliver training and education to diverse groups.
We acknowledge receipt of all applications within three days. If you have not received an acknowledgement please get in touch with Head Office on 01 284 1166.
Closing date for applications 5pm Thursday 11th September 2014.
Mental Health Ireland is a national voluntary organisation which aims to promote positive mental health and to actively support persons with a mental health condition and their families, identifying their needs and advocating their rights. MHI supports 103 affiliated Mental Health Associations located across Ireland.
Please find the job description attached here