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 (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:
Why should the average young person be concerned about mental illness and know about mental health?
Here are just two facts:
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.