Month: December 2019

Journeys First Fortnight 10th January 2020 Dublin Event

Dublin North, North East Recovery College, in conjunction with Akidwa, Cairdre, DCU, Pavee Point and Silver Thread, “Journeys – What I Know Now”. A morning of transcultural events, understanding and integration of wellbeing.

Our journey will commence with the launch our publication of selected stories and poems. ’’What I Know Now”, written by students of the Dublin North, North East Recovery College and facilitated by Silver Thread.

Hitting high notes, we will launch the “Song Creation Collective”- debut single C.D with original music, written and performed by students of Dublin North, North East Recovery College.

We then move to a Transcultural Dialogue panel where we will discuss about migration, culture, communities and mental health.

Next is a video performance entitled “YANA – You are not alone” from AKidwa, followed by Chris O’Donnell performing a song written to reflect the transition to homelessness, and is expressed through a poetic medium to show how it felt to fall into that category.

You can then choose to one workshop or exhibition space-

The River of life – Akidwa,

Grub Box, Pavee Point,

Poetry Workshop – Silver Thread

Storycase of how migrants’ life journeys translate into design, fashion arts and crafts – Cairdre.

After an informative and fascinating morning, we will join together again for a final session of music and dance celebrating our transcultural recovery journey.

This event will be for three hours 10.00 – 1.00, registration from 9.15.

Presented by Dublin North, North East Recovery College, in conjunction with Akidwa, Cairdre, DCU, Pavee Point and Silver Thread

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Dublin North North East Recovery College in Conjunction with First Fortnight Mental Health Arts Festival 2020

As part of the First Fortnight Mental Health Arts Festival 2020 – DNNE Recovery College would like to invite you to join us on January 17 for our annual Winter Wellbeing Event.This year the event is entitled:

‘Journeys – Where I am now

This morning of healing, creativity & conversation showcases the creative work recovery college community and also shines a light on the work of Pavee Point, the Eolas Project and other community groups and mental health initiatives.

For more information please see posters below

To register for this free First Fortnight event, contact DNNE Recovery College:

Phone-  01 7007907



This event will run for three hours on Friday January 17th, 9.30am – 1pm.

Venue: DKIT, Dept of Nursing Midwifery and Early Years


Winter Wellbeing Day 2020 – Running Order Winter Wellbeing Day 2020 Poster

North Dublin Trialogue

Just a quick reminder we are having our December Trialogue meeting on Monday next the 16th December at 6.30 in All Hallows. 
The topic for discussion will focus around keeping well over the Christmas holidays.
I will not be at the meeting myself so I wish everyone a very happy, healthy Christmas and every good wish for the New Year. I will be in touch in January with the date for our next meeting.

What we really need is support, not coercion – Mental Heath Europe on Human Rights Day

On Human Rights Day, Mental Health Europe – the largest independent organisation active in the field of mental health in Europe – urges the European States to promote mental health services that respect human rights.

One in six people in the EU (nearly 84 million citizens) has mental health problems. The right to the highest attainable standard of health, including mental health, is a fundamental right of every human being. Yet, too often mental health services across Europe violate the rights and autonomy of people with mental ill-health. Evidence reveals disturbing trends in the overuse of coercion, forced treatment and involuntary hospitalisation throughout Europe. Non-consensual, coercive practices in mental health remain a common interference with human rights standards and international obligations.

“Coercion in mental healthcare feels like being punished for having problems. What people really need is support, not coercion,” says Jolijn Santegoeds from the Netherlands who is a user and a survivor of psychiatric services. At the age of 16, Jolijn had to face a range of forced and degrading practices while undergoing psychiatric treatment.

“Violence in psychiatry is ubiquitous. They hold us with mental belts to reality. They talk about us without us. They do everything so we cannot integrate back into society, depriving us of personality and individuality. They often take away our dignity by forcing us to take medication. They do it with stubbornness and without thinking about the violence that comes within,” adds another user of psychiatric services from Poland.

Despite flaws of the current systems, there are positive evidence-based examples of reduction and elimination of coercion in mental health from 15 European countries and beyond. To turn the tide, these examples need to be mainstreamed and scaled up.

Discover positive examples in prevention, reduction and elimination of coercion
“Ending coercion is not about changing individual practices; it is about implementing a new culture in mental health care,” says Claudia Marinetti, Mental Health Europe’s Director. “By highlighting these promising practices, we want to shine a spotlight on a new paradigm, in which services promote recovery and emphasize the autonomy, empowerment and participation of service users. Change of mindsets and the enactment of positive reforms in line with a human rights framework is possible if the governments, policy-makers and stakeholders see the change first-hand.”

Human rights in mental health will be a subject addressed in the European Parliament today, where members of MHE’s Coalition for Mental Health and Wellbeing and stakeholders will discuss how to move towards human rights-compliant mental health systems across Europe.

Ahead of Human Rights Day, the event’s host Brando Benifei MEP (S&D, Italy) said: “As stated in the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, people with psychosocial disabilities must fully enjoy their human rights, including their right to adequate healthcare based on free and informed consent. Human Rights Day provides us with an opportunity to urge the European Union to move towards services that are recovery-oriented, community-based and socially inclusive in all Member States, in line with human rights norms.”

You can follow the event discussions from 10:30 CET on 10 December 2019 via #MentalHealthRightsEU