Category: Human Rights

Phew what a busy year


Just catching my breath, we had a very busy year in the Recovery College this year, busy but brilliant! Reflecting back I met some amazing people, learnt some new things, heard some sad and distressing things but witnessed how resilient people are. I am using the sad things  thatI hear to keep going and try to bring about more change in the area of mental health in Ireland.

So on that note I wanted to share two of my most favourite mental health online resources, that you might enjoy over the summer.

The Mental Illness Happy Hour – I have been listening to this podcast while gardening for years, I find it easier than reading articles. This podcast comes with an adult content warning as they talk about everything! It is produced by Paul Gilmartin and is a weekly show that interviews comedians, artists, friends, and the occasional doctor. It is american based with dark humour, serious topics that are hard to find anywhere else and explores mental health problems, trauma, addiction, shame and negative thinking. Maybe start with an older one as he has incorporated surveys into the interview which make more sense when you have heard some of the earlier ones.

Mad in America – again an American website who have recently started doing podcasts. This is about science, psychiatry and social justice. I love the podcasts and listen to them when I run, makes the running easier.  Mad in America’s mission statement is to serve as a catalyst for rethinking psychiatric care in the United States (and abroad). They believe that the current drug-based paradigm of care has failed our society, and that scientific research, as well as the lived experience of those who have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, calls for profound change. I have signed up to do their mad studies course. 

Hope you enjoy these as much as I have.



Department of Health: National Stakeholder Consultations


The Department of Health are revising the National Mental Health Policy, ’A Vision for Change’. The Oversight Group for a review of Vision for Change are holding national stakeholder consultations and you are invited to attend and provide input. Your input can influence the revised policy.

Who can come?

People who use services, family members, voluntary group reps, community reps and those working or with an interest in Mental Health.

Meetings are to be held in the following locations:

Cork City 17th July
Tullamore 18th July
Sligo 19th July
Dublin 9th and 10th August

Intend coming?

Register for your free ticket now on EventBrite:

The areas are Cork, Dublin, Sligo and Tullamore.

Invitations providing further details will be issued on a first come first served basis.

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Launch and Symposium Invitation Public and Patient Involvement1 (PPI) in Research

Launch and Symposium Invitation Public and Patient Involvement1 (PPI) in Research1Research carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them ( Thursday 26th April, 2018, 10:00-12:00pm

Invitation- DCU PPI Ignite Project Launch

At this symposium the Health Research Board (HRB) funded PPI Ignite project at DCU will be launched. This DCU project aims to support and promote capacity building at an organisational level for high quality PPI in health and social care research. This overall project and initial symposium is important for health and social care researchers to engage with, as the HRB, alongside many international funding bodies, move towards the active involvement of public and patients as peer reviewers and the inclusion of PPI as a critical evaluation criterion for the successful funding of health and social care research in the future.

Consultation on Human Rights and mental health: “Identifying strategies to promote human rights in mental health”

The Human Rights Council in its resolution 36/13 (A/HRC/RES/36/13), recognised that persons with psychosocial disabilities, persons with mental health conditions, and mental health users face widespread discrimination, stigma, prejudice, violence, abuse, social exclusion and segregation, unlawful or arbitrary institutionalization, overmedicalisation and treatment practices that fail to respect their autonomy, will and preferences. In order to address these human rights violations, the Council decided to hold a one day and a half consultation on mental health and human rights which will focus on “Identifying strategies to promote human rights in mental health.”

The consultation will benefit from practitioners from all regions who will present their practices and share their experiences on how they are moving to a human rights-based approach to mental health.

Participants to the consultation can participate from the floor, presenting their own practices or sharing good practices. The meeting will be open to all interested participants. If you want to participate you will be able to register here.

Documents of the meeting