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MHI Solstice Wellbeing Day 2015

Mental Health Ireland’s Inaugural Solstice Wellbeing Day 2015 in Cavan Burren Park

Mary McEvoy joins the walk and officiates at the Solstice Ceremony


What an event! The weather was not the best this summer solstice but that didn’t deter a great turnout for our inaugural MHI Solstice Wellbeing Day which took place in Cavan Burren Park. We had visitors from the local community, a bus load from both Donegal and Dublin and even some visitors from Australia and Canada including our special guest Mary McEvoy.


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The MHI Solstice Wellbeing Day will be held on the summer solstice each year going forward. It is a time to stop and think about our wellbeing and how we feel. A time to think about the year gone by and to make a wellbeing intention for the year ahead. To mark this we light our Wellbeing Candle at 5.38pm, the moment the summer solstice hit Ireland.

At our Cavan Burren Park event we enlisted the help of the drummers from We Drum Ireland who provided a great soundtrack for everyone to mingle and chat with each other before we headed off on our walk of Cavan Burren Park with our guide Jim.


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The depth of knowledge Jim has about the area is amazing and so interesting. The hour long walk was thoroughly enjoyed by all, old and young and a few four legged friends joined in too.


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Our special guest, Mary McEvoy joined the walk along with our CEO Orla Barry and a number of MHI’s office staff and Development Officers from around the country.

Orla Barry, CEO of Mental Health Ireland said “We are delighted with the turnout of our first MHI Wellbeing Solstice Event in Cavan. The staff at Cavan Burren Park have been so helpful throughout and it was the perfect location for our first year. We look forward to growing our national event next year and adding new locations with our 100 Mental Health Associations around the country”.

Following the walk refreshments were served and Jim our tour guide read a poem in Irish, Clodagh sang one of her own songs for us and Mary from Dublin also sang. All the while everyone was invited to write their own private Wellbeing Intention on our postcards that were handed out to everyone.


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The Solstice Ceremony commenced at 5.35pm with Mary McEvoy reading “Desiderata” and she then lit the Solstice Wellbeing Candle at 5.58pm. Mary commented “I have been so inspired by some of the stories people have shared with me today. I have really enjoyed my time here in Cavan Burren Park and commend Mental Health Ireland for developing a really special event that everyone should get involved with next year”.

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Many of the attendees then posed for photos beside the Wellbeing candle before heading home after a refreshing afternoon in the Cavan hills.


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Mental Health Ireland Solstice Wellbeing Day June 21st

 

Mental Health Ireland Solstice Wellbeing Day June 21st

Make your Wellbeing Intention at 5.38pm on June 21st, the moment of the

summer solstice in Ireland

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We are holding our inaugural Mental Health Ireland Solstice Wellbeing Day this Sunday the 21st of June.

The summer solstice represents so many things to so many people and at Mental Health Ireland we will be reflecting on the year past and making a wellbeing intention for the year ahead.

It is a time to pause, think and be present; a time for yourself.

We are hosting our National Solstice Wellbeing event in Cavan Burren Park, Co Cavan.  It is shaping up to be a lovely event and we are delighted to have special guest Mary McEvoy in attendance.

Mary McEvoy

The afternoon will commence with an easy, family friendly hour long walk at 4pm around the beautiful and tranquil surrounds of the Coillte Cavan Burren Park.

The walk will be led by Orla Barry, CEO Mental Health Ireland, Mary McEvoy and Jim Nolan, Cavan Burren Park who will be our guide for the afternoon.

At 5.30pm all participants will gather in the courtyard area for a short ceremony where Mary McEvoy will read “Desiderata”, a passage she has chosen to mark the moment of the summer solstice in Ireland.

The ceremony will end with the lighting of a candle at 5.38pm and it is in this moment everyone will be encouraged to make their own private solstice wellbeing intention for the year ahead.

We will distribute Wellbeing Intention Postcards so those in attendance can record and keep their own intention for the future. There will be tea/coffee and juice for participants and someone doing face-painting for any children attending.

If you can't make it along to any of our events why not have your own solstice moment by lighting a candle at 5.58pm on June 21st and make your own #SolsticeIntention for the year ahead. Why not gather your friends and family around to share the moment. We would be delighted if you could let your pals on twitter and facebook know that you will be making your #SolsticeIntention and lets try to get as many people taking part as we can by using the hashtag #SolsticeIntention.

There are a number of local events taking place in Mental Health Associations around the country on June 21st and these include:

 

Donabate and Portrane MHA    

St Patricks Hall, Donabate                          

11.45am – 2.30pm

Yoga, Reiki, Life Coaching, Mindfulness and singing

https://www.facebook.com/events/398843493649745/

 

Drumcondra MHA

Griffith Park, meeting at the Millmount entrance

4.45pm – 5.45pm

Solstice Wellbeing Walk followed by a cuppa in the Skylon Hotel

 

West Kerry MHA

The Diseart Chapel

4.30pm-6.00pm

Nutritionalists, Mindfulness, Music and Art 

 

Bailieborough MHA

Baileboro Forest

Meeting at 4pm

 

North Clare MHA

Lahinch Prom – meeting at the lifeguard hut

4.30pm – 6.00pm

Refreshments in SeaWorld afterwards

 

West Limerick MHA

Newcastle West Community Centre

3.45pm

Nature walk and talk followed by 45min Laughter yoga session

https://www.facebook.com/events/356458061230187/

Desiderata

Art & Photography Competition winners!

Mental Health Ireland Art and Photography Competition Winners 2015

We are delighted to announce our winners for this year’s competition. The list below include the overall national winners, regional winners and two pieces of art work and photography that we felt deserved special recognition.

Everyone listed below will appear in our 2016 calendar. National winners received a €250 All4One voucher and Regional winners received a €50 All4One voucher.

The standard this year was incredible and we can’t wait to see our finished 2016 calendar with all the artwork and photos which will be available in November this year.

We would like to thank all the students and teachers who spent time and energy on this project this year and we hope it encouraged you to speak about mental health in and out of the classroom.

 

Art Category - Winner Alexandra Spiru, Sion Hill, Blackrock, Co Dublin


Art National Winner


Winning  Category

Student Name

School name and Address

National Winner +

Leinster Winner

Alexandra Spiru

 

Dominican College, Sion Hill, Co Dublin.

Connacht Winner

Sandra Martin 

Presentation  College Tuam, Co Galway

Munster Winner

C J Ramos

 

The Abbey School, Tipperary

Ulster Winner

Leah Redmond

 

St Bricin’s College, Co. Cavan

Special Commendation

Nicola Kenny

 

Holy Child School Killiney, Co Dublin

Special Commendation

Mark Leahy

 

St Francis College, Co Cork


Photography Category - Winner Connie Lynch, St Brigid's Secondary School, Kerry


Photo National Winner

 

Winning Category

Student Name

School name and Address

National Winner

+  Munster Winner

Connie Lynch

 

 

St Brigid’s Secondary School, Co. Kerry

Connacht Winner            

Aoife Finan

Presentation College Tuam, Co Galway

 

Leinster Winner               

Hannah Corcoran

Skerries Community School, Co. Dublin

 

Ulster Winner   

Mitchell Gordie

 

Royal and Prior Comprehensive School, 

Co. Donegal

Special Commendation

(Munster)          

Ana Cimpoies

Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine, Co. Kerry

Special Commendation (Munster)

Meghan Lennon

 

Ard Scoil na Mara, Co. Waterford

A huge thank-you once again to everyone involved and we look forward to launching next years competition in September! 

Minister Kathleen Lynch T.D. launches Mental Health in the Community Certificate

Minister Kathleen Lynch T.D. launches Mental Health in the Community Certificate in University College Cork in partnership with Mental Health Ireland.

Min Lynch Speaking MHI

The Adult Continuing Education (ACE) Dept in UCC and Mental Health Ireland today launch the part-time Certificate Programme in Mental Health in the Community.

As a model of social education, this new and innovative Certificate Programme provides a forum for critical dialogue into issues of mental health and individual and collective wellbeing. The Certificate will attract students interested in enhancing their knowledge and awareness about emotional wellbeing and recovery as an approach to mental distress.

The pilot Certificate Programme was completed in UCC in January 2015. The course is currently running in Tralee, Co Kerry and will commence in Dublin, Limerick, Athlone and UCC in September 2015.

Minister Kathleen Lynch T.D. attended the launch on Friday. The Minister said “Nowadays most people expect to recover from mental health difficulties. That wasn’t the case not too long ago. We need to continue talking about mental health and to do it loudly. This Certificate in Mental Health in the Community brings mental health out of the shadows and starts the conversation at a community level. Each and every one of us should be able to change someone’s world and this is my hope for the people who complete this programme. I’d like to congratulate Mental Health Ireland and the team at ACE in UCC on a fabulous course”.

In line with national policy ‘A Vision for Change’ and the ethos of adult education, the design of the curriculum was a coproduction of university academics and mental health practitioners including experts with experience of mental distress.With its focus on community practice, the programme explores ‘community’ and community based interventions as powerful forces for social change and recovery.

Orla Barry, CEO of Mental Health Ireland said “Together ACE and Mental Health Ireland are leading the way in advancing education in mental health in the community. We look forward to launching the course in Dublin, Limerick and Althone in 2015 and to working with course participants to develop plans to promote and support mental health recovery and wellbeing in communities across Ireland”.

Also speaking at the event was Course Lecturer Rory Doody. He spoke about his struggles with mental health issues and recalled admissions into psychiatric hospitals over a 20 year period, believing at one point that having a mental health issue was a life sentence.

Rory said “I’ve had an amazing journey of lifelong learnings which have impacted greatly on my recovery. My hope for this programme is to educate people about the importance of good mental health and in creating community led resources to support people to recovery”.

Brenda Healy, Course Co-ordinator said “This partnership represents a new dawn in how we can create an environment for leadership, civic action and social change in connecting with the hearts and minds of the community. As a stakeholder in the process of that change, it is possible to reduce stigma, create new community led resources and develop connections between groups, individuals and networks.The mature students that enrolled in the first certificate programme in UCC were conferred in a ceremony just last week. The student body was made up of people from all walks of life and it is really exciting to hear how they indent to put their learnings into practice in their community environments”.

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For further information:

Brenda Healy                    ACE, University College Cork     086 807 9204

 Orla Barry speaking

Small Group launch

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About Mental Health Ireland:

Mental Health Ireland promotes positive mental health and wellbeing to all individuals and communities, and through our network of Mental Health Associations. We support people who experience mental health difficulties on their journey of recovery.

 

About ACE:

Adult Continuing Education (ACE), University College Cork has been offering education programmes to Cork and the greater Munster area since 1946 and is proud to celebrate 65 years of educational services to the community. The first Diploma in Social and Economic Science course was formally opened at a public meeting in University College, Cork on the 14th October, 1946 and 24 students were awarded the diploma in June 1948.

Since then, Adult Continuing Education’s purpose is to provide opportunities in lifelong learning for all adults irrespective of age and previous educational achievements. This website introduces you to the many programmes on offer and I hope you will find some area of interest here. 

Social Media Ambassadors Wanted

2015 is a very exciting year for us at Mental Health Ireland as we are rolling out two new campaigns and we are hoping YOU might be able to assist us spread our message far and wide. 

Ambassador

We are looking for people to act as Social Media Ambassadors for Mental Health Ireland. What does this involve? We thought you'd ask that!

In a nutshell, we want you to help us spread our campaign messages via your social media platforms. We will send you suggested tweets and posts that you can use or you can simply RT and share what we post or even better post in your own style!

Next step is to register your interest by sending an email to info@mentalhealthireland.ie with your handles for any of the sites listed below...

1.Twitter

2.Facebook

3.Instagram

Our first campaign is just around the corner on Tuesday 17th February and we will need you help to spread the word about our #SmileyPancake campaign - (note big hint in the hashtag!) - more will be revealed on this as soon as I get the above info from you! 

The 21st June is the summer solstice and our very first Mental Health Ireland Day. We are in the planning stages for this at the moment but will need people to help out at locations all over Ireland at local events and also on social media to push our message.

That’s all for the moment. I look forward to hearing back from you soon… we only have two weeks to pancake Tuesday and I’d love to have a big group of Social Media Ambassadors signed up before that!

You will find Mental Health Ireland on TwitterFacebook and Instagram

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

Text to donate

Social Media Ambassadors Wanted

2015 is a very exciting year for us at Mental Health Ireland as we are rolling out two new campaigns and we are hoping YOU might be able to assist us spread our message far and wide. 

Ambassador

We are looking for people to act as Social Media Ambassadors for Mental Health Ireland. What does this involve? We thought you'd ask that!

In a nutshell, we want you to help us spread our campaign messages via your social media platforms. We will send you suggested tweets and posts that you can use or you can simply RT and share what we post or even better post in your own style!

Next step is to register your interest by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your handles for any of the sites listed below...

1.Twitter

2.Facebook

3.Instagram

Our first campaign is just around the corner on Tuesday 17th February and we will need you help to spread the word about our #SmileyPancake campaign - (note big hint in the hashtag!) - more will be revealed on this as soon as I get the above info from you! 

The 21st June is the summer solstice and our very first Mental Health Ireland Day. We are in the planning stages for this at the moment but will need people to help out at locations all over Ireland at local events and also on social media to push our message.

That’s all for the moment. I look forward to hearing back from you soon… we only have two weeks to pancake Tuesday and I’d love to have a big group of Social Media Ambassadors signed up before that!

You will find Mental Health Ireland on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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Certificate in Mental Health in the Community - Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Athlone and Cork in Sept 2015

 

Mental Health in the Community Certificate course available in Dublin, Galway, Athlone, Cork and Limerick in Sept 2015 

APPLY NOW FOR A PLACE IN ALL LOCATIONS

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Recognising a growing interest in mental health and wellbeing, Mental Health Ireland and the Adult Continuing Education Dept, UCC joined forces to develop the Certificate in Mental Health in the Community.

The one year part time certificate is accepting applications for its Cork, Limerick, Dublin, Galway and Athlone courses NOW

The syllabus will examine how communities can support and enhance mental and emotional wellbeing through good practice in mental health promotion and suicide prevention.

Participants will examine the world of mental health and mental ill health with a critical lens and be encouraged to look at their own ad societal attitudes towards people with mental health and emotional problems. 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 partner with UCC on this venture. The course is currently running in Cork and Kerry and the addition of Limerick and Dublin for 2015 was a response to demand. The course will give participants an opportunity to become part of the solution, by building their knowledge of and skills in mental health promotion while learning about good practice in supporting others to recovery.”

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.
Students can apply online or download an application form via this link http://www.ucc.ie/en/ace-cmhc/

The fee for this one year course is €990.

For further information:

Brenda Healy - Programme Co-ordinator - 086 8079204  -   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Further Information:

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.

UCC

Mensana Newsletter goes digital

Mensana News is Mental Health Ireland's newsletter. In the past we had two publications a year. We have now moved to a digital format which will be emailed to those subscribed four times a year. The newsletter will let everyone know what we are up to in head office and a snapshot of activities from around the counrty from our 98 Mental Health Associations.

Our first newsletter will be issued in the coming weeks and you can sign up here to join our mailing list here

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2015 Calendar - On Sale Now!

2015 calendar

Our 2015 Calendar is hot off the presses and we have 350 for sale. The total price including postage is €4 for this lovely calendar. This year we have created more room for you to insert the important occasions you have throughout the year and we have also highlighted the important dates we have coming up in 2015.

If you would like to buy the calendar please visit this link which willl bring you to our online shop. 

If you would prefer to send a cheque to our head office please send it to the following address, remembering to include your return address, name and a contact number please.

2015 Calendar

Mental Health Ireland,

Mensana House,

2 Marine Tce,

Dun Laoghaire,

Co Dublin.

We only have 350 of these colourful calendars for sale and as the saying goes, when they're gone, they're gone! Many thanks for supporting Mental Health Ireland in our promotion of positive mental health across the country.

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