Category: Mental Health

Meeting the Taoiseach

Last Friday Taoiseach Leo Varadkar took time on his 40th birthday to visit DCU in the Community. John and Martha got to speak to him about the work of the recovery college, how coproduction is aiming to readdress the power imbalance in mental health services and how when the community come together and shed roles in a neutral educational space and become students it can be a powerful experience.

Mental Health Europe Manifesto

Have a look at where policy and mental health meet.

Words Matter

When it comes to mental health and mental ill health, the words we use matter more than we think.
The way we talk about mental health and people experiencing mental distress can reinforce negative
stereotypes and be stigmatising, without us even realising it.
Language is a powerful tool for creating awareness and fighting stigma, so here are a few tips on how to be mindful of the words we use and how to avoid causing offence when we don’t mean to. We have tried to pick terms that are non-stigmatising, but we understand that each person is unique, and some people may not identify with the language chosen here.


‘Out of Silence – women’s mental health in their own words’ – National Women’s Council of Ireland


Join with NWCI’s members’ and friends’ meeting to launch our report ‘Out of Silence – women’s mental health in their own words’ and to launch the Women’s Mental Health Network in collaboration with St Patrick’s Mental Health Services


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NWCI’s ‘Out of Silence, women’s mental health in their own words’ report will be launched at the first meeting of the Women’s Mental Health Network on Tuesday the 6th of November 2-4pm at St Patrick’s Mental Health Service, James Street, Dublin 8.


NWCI’s Report: Out of Silence, women’s mental health in their own words

In 2017/8, NWCI undertook a programme of conversations with groups of women across the country, centring women’s understanding of mental health – the things that keep women well, the social and community networks that support them and the services they turn to in times of difficulty. The report recognises the benefits of listening to women’s experiences as a means to develop women-centred supports and services.


The Women’s Mental Health Network

NWCI and St Patricks Mental Health Service have come together to develop a Women’s Mental Health Network for people and organisations with a committed interest in women’s mental health.

The network aims to provide a forum for information-sharing and networking among interested parties, and to advance interdisciplinary and multi-agency collaboration to progress shared aims and goals in the promotion of women’s mental health.


Speakers include; Louise McSharry, Broadcaster and Writer; Dr. Clodagh Dowling, Clinical Psychologist; Louise O’Leary, Advocacy Project Manager at St Patrick’s Mental Health Service; and Dr Cliona Loughnane, NWCI Health Coordinator

If you have any queries about the event, please contact Jenny Liston at Any accessibility requirements please contact Susan McCormack at

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