Month: October 2018

‘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

#WomensMentalHealth #OutOfSilence

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

‘If Recovery Education is the answer… What’s the Question?’ A Report on the event.

On May 3rd 2018, 110 stakeholders from across the four Provinces of Ireland and Scotland gathered in Bonningtons Hotel, Dublin, to look at the following question:

‘If Recovery Education is the answer… What’s the Question?’

This event was organised and jointly funded by the Dublin North, North East Recovery College, Advancing Recovery in Ireland and the Scottish Recovery Network.  The information contained in the attached report was recorded from participant feedback. The event was designed to give stakeholders the opportunity to reflect on recovery developments nationally, and collectively envisage what would be needed to realise a landscape fully supportive of Recovery Education by 2020

This was a unique event in Ireland, not only because of the methodology, but because of the diversity of organisations and the people involved in the conversations representing statutory and NGO sectors; within service catchments and within communities generally.  The diversity was evident in the quality and richness of ideas shared and outcomes reached over the course of the day. With such diversity and possibilities, it may be just the first of many equally energising conversations to come. 

On behalf of all involved with organising the event our thanks to everyone that took part on the day for your collective energy, ideas and vision, all of which are vital if we are going to see recovery education flourish in Ireland.  In particular thanks to the Scottish Recovery Network for your guidance and support and further thanks also to the recovery educators presenting on the day.

If Recovery Education Is The Answer… Participant Feedback Report 10.10.18

Pecha Kucha Presentations from the day, more to follow:

Belfast Recovery College Presentation:

Dublin North, North East Recovery College Presentation

Moray Wellbeing Hub


Trialogue is back – please note the new venue.

Hi All,

I hope that everyone had a nice summer break and enjoyed the great weather.
North Dublin Trialogue Group is reconvening after the holidays and we are moving the venue to All Hallows College on Grace Park Road. Our first meeting is going to take place on Monday 15th of October  2018  in Purcell House  All Hallows at 6.30 pm.
We very much hope to see you there and please circulate the attached promos about this meeting to all your friends, family, community networks, services and interested individuals. Please also feel free to circulate via social media.
If you have any question or are interested in getting involved with the core volunteer group, please contact us by email on or alternatively call 01 7008887.
I have attacahed a map of All Hallows for your conveneince. If travelling by car access is from Gracepark Road however if commuting by bus the best option is to get to Drumcondra Road  (get off at Pat’s College). Proceed down Church Avenue and there is a pedestrian entrance to All Hallows .
DATE: Monday 15th October 2018
Time: 6.30 – 8pm.
Looking forward to see you all there.
Kind regards
Siobhan McKeon



Dublin North Trialogue Poster October2018