MHI’s 50th Anniversary Conference – Resilience, Wellbeing and Mental Health – supported by Mental Health Europe



MHI’s 50th Anniversary Conference – Resilience, Wellbeing and Mental Health – supported by Mental Health Europe

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Date(s) - 21/11/2016-22/11/2016
9:00 am-5:30 pm

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Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin,

This conference took place in 2016 and will not be held this year. This page is for information only. 

Resilience, Wellbeing and Mental Health is the theme of Mental Health Ireland’s 50th Anniversary Conference.

In reflecting on our long history, promoting mental health and wellbeing and supporting people who experience mental health difficulties, we are asking about the importance of resilience.

We will pose the question, “Is systemically building the wellbeing and resilience of our people the way to improve the mental health of everyone and support a healthier society?”

This conference will present an opportunity for attendees to explore the themes of Resilience, Wellbeing and Mental health over the two days.

View MHI 50th Anniversary Conference Programme (PDF)

Our keynote speakers are Prof Peter Kinderman, President of the British Psychological Society on the 21st November and Dr Ilona Boniwell, Principal Lecturer in Positive Psychology in the University of East London on the 22nd November.

Peter Kinderman will address the conference about “On the cusp of change: realistic models for humane mental health care” on the 21st November within Mental Health Europe’s will pre-conference seminar to which all are welcome to attend.

Ilona Boniwell will address the conference about “Resilience, Wellbeing and Mental Health” on the 22nd November.

The conference will be opened by Minister for Health Simon Harris TD.

Minister Helen McEntee, TD, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People is our Dinner Speaker at the conference dinner to be held in The Royal Marine Hotel on the 21st November, included in the two day conference ticket.

“The European Social Pillar of Rights explained and explored”Ailbhe Finn, Policy Manager, Mental Health Europe
On the cusp of change: Realistic models for humane mental health care” – Prof Peter Kinderman, President British Psychological Society
“How to create safe spaces within services for people in distress”Akiko Hart, Acting Director, Mental Health Europe
Official Conference Opening – Simon Harris T.D. Minister for Health
“50 years of mental health – opportunities missed and taken” – Martin Rogan, Director of Strategy, Planning & Development at Rehab Group
“The current state of mental health and wellbeing in Europe” – Nigel Henderson, President of Mental Health Europe
“The years to come – opportunities not to be missed” – Prof Agnes Higgins, Prof of Nursing and Midwifery TDC and Mental Health and Recovery mentor to Mental Health Ireland.
“Service User involvement in Ireland within Mental Health Services and in the community” Liam Hennessy, Head of Service User, Family Member and Carer Engagement, HSE and Fionn Fitzpatrick, Gateway Mental Health Association
Conference Dinner SpeakerMinister Helen McEntee, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People

“Mental Health Services in Ireland” – Anne O’Connor, National Director for Mental Health, HSE
“Resilience, Wellbeing and Mental Health” Prof Ilona Boniwell, author of Positive Psychology ina Nutshell and the Happiness Equation.
“Resilience in Recovery” – Dr. Pat Bracken, Consultant Psychiatrist and former Clinical Director of HSE Mental Health Services in West Cork
“Resilience in Action” Panel Discussion chaired by Dil Wickremasinghe, Newstalk and Mental Health Activist
“Growing resilient Families and Children” – Prof Pat Dolan, UNESCO Chair in Children, Youth and Civic Engagement and Academic Director of MA in Family Support Studies in NUIG.
“Resilient Societies” – Olivia O’Leary, Broadcaster and Journalist
“The Contribution of Volunteers” – Claire Healy, volunteer, Carlow MHA
“The Contribution of  Peer Support and Self-Help Groups” – Margo O’Donnell Roche, Co-ordinator Áras Folláin Peer Support Centre and Mental Health Association
“Conference Reflections” – Brian Glanville, MHI Board member

This Conference is for anyone with an interest in mental health and wellbeing including –

  • health professionals;
  • educationalists;
  • community workers;
  • policy makers at National and European levels;
  • administrators in central and local government;
  • consumer and self-help groups;
  • mental health association members;
  • workers in specialised agencies and voluntary organisations;
  • executives in industry and small to medium sized organisations and businesses.

You can expect an insight into resilience, wellbeing and mental health from expert keynote speakers covering the areas of workplace, family, community and individual resilience.

By Air
Dublin Airport is only 20 kilometres away. The airport is serviced by Dublin Bus routes (41, 41a, 41b, 41c) which will take you into the city centre where you can transfer onto a bus to Dun Laoghaire. There is also a service called Aircoach, runs coaches which will deliver you in comfort and speed to selected locations around the city. The average price to Dún Laoghaire is around €8. A taxi should cost between €40- €50.

By Train
Travel by DART from Dublin to Dún Laoghaire. The journey offers spectacular views of Dublin Bay. The DART runs every 5 minutes during rush hour periods and every 20 mins during the day.
Irish Rail is the national rail service and operates a regular service throughout the country. The DART links up with Irish Rail at Connolly Station, as it does with The LUAS tram service.

By Bus
Dún Laoghaire is serviced by Dublin Bus. The terminus is located at the DART station. Nightlink services run every hour on the hour from Trinity College between midnight and 3am.
Buses – 7, 7a, 8, 45a, 46a, 59, 75, 111
Nightlink – Route L via Blackrock
Nightlink – Route K via Stillorgan

Aircoach provides a 24-hour luxury coach service between Dublin Airport and Killiney /Dalkey, which serve the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire and the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel in Killiney.

The service is ideally suited to tourists, commuters and the general public looking for a high-quality, reliable, clean and efficient service.You can buy a ticket directly from a company representative at the airport arrivals stop at Dublin airport or alternatively you can purchase one from the driver when boarding the Aircoach at any of the stops. These tickets are valid when travelling to or from Dublin airport to any point along any of the Dublin routes.

The Aircoach Dublin Airport stop is located just outside the Arrivals Halls at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 .When arriving by coach at Dublin Airport, the first stop will be on the Terminal 2 Departures Road, with the coach then continuing to the Terminal 1 Arrivals Road.

By Car

Dublin is surrounded by the M50 motorway all national roads heading to Dublin are connected to the M50. Dún Laoghaire is located about 7 Kilometres inside the southern side of the motorway.
If you’re heading north on the N11, turn off at the Ballybrack exit and follow the signs all the way in to Dún Laoghaire, it’s a straight run with a couple of roundabouts.

From the city centre there take the N11 via Stillorgan or via Blackrock on the R118 to head for Dun Laoghaire. Both routes are well sign posted.

Overnight accommodation is available to book at the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, for the 21st November. Please see http://www.royalmarine.ie/en/dynamic/?price_group=16384 for more details.