Category: People

Meet Jake Roe

I am currently a student in Maynooth University studying Community and Youth Work. I have the privilege of experiencing my first student placement with the Dublin North, North East Recovery college. I am a qualified personal trainer and I work as a Relief Youth Worker for Sphere 17. I previously volunteered with Jigsaw youth mental health service for 3 years as a Youth Advocate. I am happy to be here as I believe strongly in the value and importance of Community Development work. I am excited to experience new ways of looking at mental health recovery and feel there is great importance in developing a sense of belonging within your community which can aid in the recovery process. I believe it is important to challenge the stigma around mental health and to encourage people to be open and honest about their emotions particularly young men. Human beings have a deep desire for a sense of belonging and ownership and it is encouraging to see the Recovery college promoting these key concepts in their practice.

A little bit about Gavin.

Having struggled along my own mental health journey for many years I have only recently begun to embrace this aspect of my life and haven’t looked back since. After many years within the retail sector and a Bachelors of Business and Law degree I had set myself down a very different path but found myself struggling more than ever. It was then that I began to engage with mental health services and found myself drawn to the area and knew I needed to make a permanent change. I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to join the Recovery College and loved having the opportunity to learn from not only the amazing facilitators and coordinators but the fantastic Recovery College students also. Although primarily occupying an admin position I was given the chance to complete a facilitation course and have gone on to co-facilitate multiple courses for which I am very grateful. Overall I don’t yet know where my journey leads but do know I am delighted to be a part of the Recovery College in whatever capacity I find myself in!

First Fortnight Arts and Culture Festival – the first two weeks in January

Dear Recovery College Student,
As we come towards the end of our Autumn schedule of programmes I’d like to thank so much for all your time, commitment and energy these past few months.  I hope you’ve found the courses beneficial, and we very much hope to see you all again in the new year.
We’ll be circulating information soon both about our Winter wellbeing day, which will take place in DKIT on Friday January 18th, and also our upcoming Spring Schedule.  In the meantime I wanted to let you know about the First Fortnight European Mental Health, Art and Culture festival 2019, there’s so much to look forward to hear, perhaps a few of you might like to organsie a meet up between yourselves in true student fashion.  For full details please see below:
For those of you creatively inclined our friends from First Fortnight, picked out a couple of highlights for you to consider:
Madness, Mental Illness, & Creativity: Writers and Artists in Conversation (€10/ €12)

Three creatives in the fields of writing and visual art, Arnold Thomas Fanning, Sara Baume and Eoghan O’Driscoll, discuss their experience and thinking on the links between creativity and mental illness, and how one impinges on the other in the context of their work practice and disciplines. The conversation facilitated by Claire Hennessy will include but not be limited to topics such as what it means to create art about mental illness, the benefits of art, and the line between the therapeutic and therapy.

Songwriting workshop (free but online registration essential)

Singer songwriters Fiona Hannon (aka Darwin’s Daughter) & Daniel Hertzov come together to help you find the lyrics & melody to express yourself through song. A mix of hands on songwriting and music, the workshop gives you the basics, lets you try it out and gives you practical tips to take away so you can continue at home. Worskhop in English, Russian and Polish.

More information about the festival

First Fortnight, Mental Health, Art and Culture Festival is an Irish charity that challenges mental health prejudice through cultural action and the provision of creative therapy to marginalised groups. The organisation was founded in 2009 and has been running a Mental Health and Arts festival each January since 2012. Next year the festival will be taking place from Thurs 3 – Sun 20 Jan 2019 and will be hosting over 150 events in Dublin across 22 counties. This year, the festival will have a special focus on European communities as part of First Fortnight long-standing partnership with NEFELE, the European Festivals Network for Mental Life Enhancement ( With this in mind over 15 European countries will be represented in this unique edition of the festival. First Fortnight also runs The Center for Creative Therapies and provides Art Therapies to homeless people who are referred to the organisation:
John Kelly.

Festival Crew

The Recovery College is only a great place to be because of the people involved and we have a fantastic crew! It was all hands on deck and what at day the summer festival was.