What we do

What we do

Mental Health Ireland is a national voluntary organisation which was established in 1966 as the Mental Health Association of Ireland. MHI’s aim is to promote positive mental health and wellbeing to all individuals and communities in Ireland. We have a network of over 40 Mental Health Associations throughout the country, all led by volunteers. Our Mental Health Associations fundraise to organise outings and events for those struggling with mental health in their communities.

The organisation’s core staff includes a CEO and support staff who operate at a national level and a team of Area Development Officers in regional areas of the country.

Our Area Development Officers support the Mental Health Associations and deliver awareness-raising initiatives and targeted education and training programmes on mental health issues in a variety of settings in local communities.

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

MHI’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. MHI will lead the way in informing Irish society’s understanding of mental health and fostering a culture where people with mental health difficulties are respected and supported.

Our Values & Beliefs

We believe that everyone is entitled to inclusion in society and opportunity for personal fulfilment;
We believe in the right of everyone to be treated with dignity, respect and equality;
We believe in the right of those experiencing mental health difficulties to be supported in their recovery;
We are committed to transparency in our work and compliance with the highest ethical standards.

The activities of Mental Health Ireland include:

  • Development and delivery of a broad range of mental health promotion activities, in conjunction with the HSE and other statutory agencies;
  • Supporting our local Mental Health Associations in their work by providing information and training and through a network of Development Officers working around the country


Providing an Information Service on issues relating to mental health and mental illness through information fact-sheets, this website and directly by telephone, post and email.

Training & Education

Providing Positive Mental Health training and education courses for workplaces and communities across Ireland.

Support MHAs

Supporting our MHA’s in their community work by providing current information and campaign ideas through our network of Area Development Officers.


Rolling out our national campaigns including Smiley Pancake Day, Solstice Wellbeing Day and World Mental Health Day and supporting local campaigns.


Develop projects and partnerships to promote mental health awareness in the areas of education, arts and sport.

Social Inclusion

Support peer support and recovery initiatives in communities around the country.

We are founding members and the Irish representatives for both Mental Health Europe and the World Federation for Mental Health.

It is a company limited by guarantee with a voluntary Board of Directors representative of local Mental Health Associations and people with expertise in relevant areas.