Category: Mental Health

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.

Mental Health Champions – Funded by Leargas and Erasmus+ Programme

We are absolutely so delighted, excited and honoured that our Mental Health Champions Youth Programme has been picked by the Selection Committee in Leargas under the Erasmus+ Funding Stream to develop the original pilot programme into a Train the Trainer programme with European Partners. The lead for the programme is Arron Galbraith.

The Mental Health Champions educational programme was designed by young people to support young people gain mental health awareness from a practical standpoint, in a creative and engaging environment that allows young people to openly and freely discuss any fears or myths they may have concerning mental health / ill health. This programme was piloted successfully during autumn 2017, in collaboration with three locally based youth projects (Trinity Youth Services, Donaghmede; St. Paul’s, Artane and Connections, Whitehall) with support from the National Youth Council of Ireland. The programme itself runs for eight weekly two hour sessions.

This ‘Train the Trainer’ objective ties in with the EU’s Youth Strategy, which aims to promote mental and sexual health, sport physical activity and healthy lifestyles. We aim to give participants the opportunity to explore and deepen their understanding of mental health and ill health in a supportive and non-judgemental environment.

The topics covered in the training will be:
What is Mental Health?
What is Mental Ill Health?
Gender and Mental Health
Challenges in Mental Health
Stigma and Stereotypes
The Language of Mental Health
Self Care

Our partners on this project are: Moray Wellbeing Hub (UK), JOETZ (Belgium), Youth Line (Greece), PiGreco (Italy), SFERA (Denmark), InfoEck (Austria), Psientifica (Portugal) and Youthfully Yours Gr (Greece).

The course content was developed through consultation and co-production with young people that have lived experience of mental health difficulties. Initially content was collected through consultation with a number of young people attending Willowgrove Adolescent Unit, St. Patrick’s Mental Health Service. This content then formed the basis of co-production processes involving an independent facilitator and a youth panel made up of youth representatives that have either their own lived experience or experience of a family members mental health difficulties. The young people felt that the content reflects information that all young people should have. The young people felt strongly that
it is important to gain mental health awareness from a practical standpoint. Similarly they felt it was important that a creative and engaging space be provided that allows young people openly and freely discuss any fears or myths they may have concerning mental ill health. With this in mind, the programme employs methods informed by non-formal learning methodologies in its delivery, these are traditionally used within youth work. The current programme, Mental Health Champions, is a Train the Trainer style programme that aims to give youth workers a framework that educates young
people on mental health and what to do if they have concerns about a peer.

Check back on the blog for regular updates.

Jigsaw is having it’s first Exchange series of events, a concept aimed at seeking new perspectives on mental health through open, collaborative dialogue.

This is not a Dublin North North East Recovery College event.

Jigsaw on Thursday, May 31st in the Robert Emmett Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin 2 for what promises to be an interesting event.

Renowned UK-based Clinical Psychologist Dr. Lucy Johnstone, co-creator of the Power Threat Meaning Framework, will be joining us for the first in our Jigsaw Exchange series of events, a concept aimed at seeking new perspectives on mental health through open, collaborative dialogue.

For the first time in an Irish context, Dr. Johnstone will introduce and explain this new framework for conceptualising mental health and will explore the links between wider social factors such as poverty, discrimination and inequality, along with traumas such as abuse and violence, and the resulting emotional distress and/or troubled/troubling behaviour.

Please join us from 10am for registration and a coffee and the event itself will run from 10.30am – 1pm allowing time for discussion and debate.

To learn more and to register for this FREE event, please click here –



Mental Health Europe Webinar on Mental Health 2nd of May 2018

Register Now | May 2nd, 10:30-12:30 (CET) for our #webinar on Mental Health and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Key speakers will include Dainius Pūras, Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, United Nations Human Rights and Nicole Votruba, FundaMentalSDG. We will discuss the potential of the SDGs for mental health promotion and prevention & explore the human rights perspective of the SDGs.

Registration HERE: