Category: Partners

Spring Schedule of Online Courses available for anyone based in the Blanchardstown and Fingal Area

DDLETB in partnership with DNNE Recovery College will be hosting to online courses open to everyone in the Blanchardstown and Fingal Areas, these courses are being run as part of our year long strategy to develop and deliver new community mental health education programmes to meet local needs throughout the Fingal area during 2021.  This initiative is supported by the Healthy Ireland fund.

The next step of this strategy is to hereby invite members of the public to take part in a weekly online courses entitled:

‘Thoughts, Feelings & Actions.’ 
‘Moving Beyond Stigma.’ 

Online course schedules:

Moving Beyond Stigma 

Start Date: Monday March 15th. Format: Six Weekly three hour sessions.  Time: 10am-1pm

Thoughts, Feelings, Actions 

Start Date: Tuesday March 16th. Format: Six Weekly three hour sessions.  Time: 2-5pm

Please see the promotional posters below.  Please also feel free to circulate this information to any individuals or groups in your networks

How to enrol for this free course:

You can enrol if:

– You have an interest in enhancing your own mental health wellbeing

– You are over 18

– You live in either the Blanchardstown or wider Fingal areas

– You have access to the internet

If you have further questions please contact us directly






Mental Health Champions 2021, Online Course Enrolment Form


Expert by Experience – what does this mean?  15th October 2020

This online interactive event will explore the concept of Expert by Experience in Patient and Public Involvement

Experts by Experience in Patient and Public Involvement: What does it mean?

About this event

This event is open to members of the public, patients, carers and researchers.

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) is research carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them. Experts by Experience are service users or carers who are experts through lived experience of illness or services. Experts by Experience are one type of patient or public member that can contribute to PPI.

We invite you to take part in this interactive event, sponsored by the Health Research Board, which will explore the concept of Experts by Experience in patient and public involvement, what this means, as well as distinctions from, and overlaps with, other terms. The development of recommendations to assist in accessing and recruiting Experts by Experience in patient and public involvement will also be explored.

Tickets are free of charge, but places are limited.

You must have access to or have downloaded Zoom in order to attend this event.

Please note this event will be recorded so that the thoughts and ideas shared at the event are captured. Should you wish to turn off your camera during the event you are free to do so.


The event will commence with an opening address and welcome at 10.00 am.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Alison Faulkner (Survivor, Researcher and Trainer)

Panel discussion with:

Martha Griffin, Expert by Experience, DCU

Patrick Nwaokorie, Mental Health Engagement HSE

Dr. Louise Hopper, Principal Investigator of CAPTAIN project, DCU

Kara Madden, SAGE Representative, Patient Representative on Patient Safety Strategy

Followed by World Cafe

Closing address by Dr Jim Walsh, Expert-by-Experience and Training and Development Officer, Irish Advocacy Network

Public and Patient Bursaries

A number of public and patient bursaries are available to attendees. These will be provided on a first come first serve basis by emailing Applications must be received by September 30th.

Further information

Sophia Kilcullen, Research Fellow, DCU PPI Ignite, School of Nursing, Psychotherapy & Community Health, Dublin City University



Cairde have launched a multilingual mobile friendly website that provides information on accessing health services

A multilingual mobile friendly website HealthConnect provides updated information on accessing health services during Covid-19 pandemic for migrant communities in Ireland.

  • What health services are available in Ireland, inc. GP, hospitals, maternity sexual health and mental health
  • How to access services during Covid pandemic?
  • General information about health system, incl. changes to medical card applications
  • Available in Arabic, Chinese, English, Polish and Russian

HealthConnect has been developed by Cairde, an advocacy organisation working to improve ethnic minorities’ access to services in Ireland.

People who need more support can contact Cairde’s Health Information & Advocacy Centers by calling  (01) 855 2111 or (01) 8020785. We speak Arabic, English, French, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish.

Covid19 hotline for the Roma Community operates in Romanes and Romanian – 087 126 4606.

AkiDwA has launched a report, Let’s Talk: Mental Health Experiences of Migrant Women.

Today, 30th January 2020, AkiDwA has launched our new report, Let’s Talk: Mental Health Experiences of Migrant Women. Report researcher and author, Anne Carpenter held focus group discussions and conversations with women in 2019, and the report captures the lived mental health experiences of women under the Refugee Resettlement Programme and women living in Direct Provision.

The research reveals that many migrant women struggle with the loss of agency and autonomy that comes with the asylum system and live in Ireland. The research found that migrant women experienced significant stressors that have serious implications for their mental health and psychological well-being, it found personal distress was experienced on a daily basis and was inseparable from social, political, and institutional processes Findings show that the women’s lives were characterised by stressors related to mainly three factors – practical challenges faced daily by migrant women, powerlessness and lack of agency and grief and loss. Migrant women face many stresses in their home countries, on their journeys to Ireland, and in their daily life on arrival. Speaking about the report Salome Mbugua, Head of Operations & Strategy at AkiDwA said “many migrant women in Ireland are struggling with their mental health resulting from the impact of immigration journey, the intersections between gender, migration and health. Quite often, this intersectionality is missed by policy makers and frontline services. This must be recognised when working with migrant women if we are to help them recover fully.”

The report also shows that despite the traumatic and stressful events which may occur, mental health problems are not an inevitable consequence, but instead, well-being is shaped by a complex balance of stress and resilience factors. Many women struggle with the loss of agency and autonomy that comes with the asylum system in Ireland. Further, the women must deal with the loss and grief of losing their families and countries. As women, many of our participants reported taking on the stress and concern of their families who they can also see to be struggling. Research participants expressed feeling of vulnerability and had this to say “It’s hard to speak up because if you speak up then you feel like you are vulnerable or you are weak that you don’t know what you are doing, like you are not a woman, like a woman should be able to handle everything. Being a mother, being a wife, being a friend and a supporter.”

The report identifies important structural and social factors which can improve mental health outcomes for migrant women and includes recommendations which will be useful for the work of public health professionals, the voluntary sector and policymakers.

The report was launched on 30th January at 10am at the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission with a discussion on mental health. The event will included presentation of the key findings of the report by author, Anne Carpenter and panel discussions with representatives from Mental Health Reform, Cairde, National Women’s Council of Ireland and practising clinicians.

Lets Talk: Mental Health Experiences of Migrant Women (pdf)