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Bus to Winter Wellbeing Day


Dear Recovery College Commuity Members.
Last Call for the Bus From DCU to DKIT (Louth)  for this Years Winter Wellbeing Day Event.  This free event takes place on Friday January 18th.

If you’d like to book a seat, let us know no later than Wednesday 16th! Spaces are limited.

The Dublin Group Will meet at:Location: DCU School of Nursing and Human Sciences Main Entrance.Time / Date: 9.15am / Jan 18th

Back to Dublin: 4pm

Madness Sans Frontieres – a worldwide collaboration premiered in Canberra on October 3rd 2018.

A friend of the Recovery College Julia Bocking who is a Consumer Academic and a proud mad person approached us in the recovery college to do a quick one minute piece  for the Lived Eperience Showcase on why we work in the area of mental health.
Here is Julia’s email about the film.
“The Showcase had speakers who used their own lived experience of distress to offer something different . There was a professional footballer, deputy commissioner of mental health, a manager of an IV drug outreach agency, a peer detention exit program manager (prison) and a critical psychologist all share their work, in activism and service provision. The Minister for Mental Health also spoke and got to see you all in the film. It was a perfect addition to the day.
Madness Sans Frontieres was made entirely by ‘labelled people’. The total production cost was $500 AUD for the film editing. I feel lucky to have met lots of people with lived experience around the world through my research work. This film generated a similar connection to a worldwide movement. I’m proud that all of us have used our negative experiences to change the world where we live.

I hope it is useful in your individual work. Feel free to use it in any way you wish. Do let me know where though – I’m interested in seeing how far it travels!

Julia Bocking
LES Coordinator 2018
Consumer Academic
University of Canberra
………………………………………………..proud Mad person

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.