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Staying emotionally well during exam time
Dublin, Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Exam season arrives with the added baggage of stress and anxiety and for many parents and students this can be overwhelming. So, in preparation for this year’s Leaving and Junior Certificate exams, St Patrick’s Mental Health Services is providing advice on how to stay well this exam period.

Paul Gilligan, CEO of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services said: “Every young person approaches this life event differently – some frantically try to drain every moment of study available to them, while others become overwhelmed by the whole situation and ignore it.
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On Friday, May 5th, over 90 Transition Year Students from throughout the country graduated from St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services’ Walk In My Shoes TY programme.

The programme saw students experience a week long placement in St. Patrick’s University Hospital, which was hosted by the Adolescent Mental Health team. To date, almost 600 students have taken part in the programme, which is currently in its seventh year. More details

Ireland’s Youth Take On Mental Health
Dublin, Wednesday May 3rd 2017. St Patricks Mental Health Services is delighted to introduce Mission Possible, an initiative dedicated to celebrating and acknowledging the work schools around the country do to promote positive mental health.

At the inaugural Mission Possible Awards Ceremony held in St. Patrick’s University Hospital, schools from all over Ireland were recognised for their effort and contribution to tackling the stigma surrounding mental health both in the classroom and in the wider community.

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Statement regarding Defined Benefit Pension Scheme
On April 12th and 19th some members of staff of St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services intend to stage protests outside the walls of St. Patrick’s University Hospital. The protests are being scheduled during staff lunchtime so as not to interfere with the day to day operations of the organisation.
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Bláthnaid is boosting her selfie 'steem
Dublin, 29th March 2017 RTE Presenter Blathnaid Treacy and U2 star Adam Clayton, along with Ireland’s top bloggers will be sharing their selfies on Friday 31st March to launch the new #MindYourSelfie School Resource Packs; an exciting school mental health activity pack by Walk in My Shoes. Blathnaid, RTE’s popular Young People’s presenter, is the newest Ambassador for Walk in My Shoes and she joined CEO St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services Paul Gilligan and students of James’ Street Primary School in Dublin to launch the new packs.
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Dublin, 1st March 2017 500 parents, teachers and clinicians gathered at the Aviva Stadium for the 2nd annual Self Harm Awareness Conference.

Hosted by Pieta House and St Patrick's Mental Health Services and sponsored by Aviva the one day conference offered a mix of practical workshops and presentations relevant to teaching staff, community workers, parents and students.

Recording of the day's talks and proceedings are now available as podcasts along with a selection of speaker and workshop slides.

Speakers include Dr Niall Muldoon (Ombudsman for Children), Blindboy Boatclub of The Rubberbandits, Adam Harris from As I Am and Senator Joan Freeman (Founder of Pieta House).

Many thanks to all who attended and a feedback survey is available online for anyone who wishes to provide feedback.

Our huge gratitude to our speakers, MCs, guests, stall holders, volunteers and Aviva who made the day the great success it was.

Alarming Rise in Rates of Adolescent Self-Harm
Ahead of their upcoming conference on 1st March, St Patrick’s Mental Health Services and Pieta House are urging parents, school-teachers and caregivers across the country to get educated on the subject of self-harm.
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We need to talk about Self-Harm
St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Ireland’s largest independent mental health service provider in partnership with Pieta House, Ireland’s centre for the prevention of suicide and self-harm, are delighted to announce that they are taking a conversation about self-harm to the Aviva Stadium on March 1st 2017, Self-Injury Awareness Day.
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St Patrick’s sign new MOU with TCD
The Memorandum of Understanding will enable St Patrick’s pharmacy and TCD to

  • Formally establish teaching, research, and clinical links
  • Facilitate professional development in pharmacy
  • Encourage research
  • Work together for the provision of excellence in patient care
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    Walk in My Shoes Radio to take on Guinness World Record this Mental Health Awareness Week
    Walk in My Shoes Radio returns to broadcast live from St Patrick’s Mental Health Services from 10th – 14th October
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    Survey shows 22% say they would conceal suicidal thoughts
    Findings released today by St Patrick’s Mental Health Services ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day indicate that stigma is still a significant barrier which prevents people from seeking help for mental health difficulties.
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    SPMHS 2015 Annual Report published Download the 2015 Annual Report here.

    When Jonathan Swift, Dean of St Patrick’s
    Cathedral and noted author, founded St Patrick’s
    Hospital 270 years ago, he was a pioneer in
    recognising that people with mental health
    issues needed a specialist service to provide care,
    treatment and a voice.

    Today his vision of holistic and humane care continues
    to drive St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Ireland’s
    leading not-for-profit mental health organisation.

    Outcomes Report Summary 2015 published

    SPMHS’s 2015 Outcomes Report contains clinical, governance and operational outcome measures relating to the many services provided by St. Patrick's Mental Health Services. The report collates, analyses and synthesises information relating to the service outcomes, with respect to its clinical care pathways, clinical governance processes and clinical processes.
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    Art meets Mental Health at "BE KIND TO YIZZER MIND" exhibition Damn Fine Print, in collaboration with St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, has launched its exciting “Be Kind to Yizzer Mind” Exhibition at the Art Space in St Patrick’s University Hospital, featuring an original series of screen prints and wall murals from a collection of artists inspired by one thought; mental health matters.

    Damn Fine Print and St Patrick’s collaborated with some of Ireland’s most talented artists including Finbar 247, Shane O Malley, Will St. Leger, Vanessa Power, Eimear Gavin, Neil Dune, Steve McCarthy, Aoife Dooley and Kim Willoughby, who all came together to use the walls at St Patrick’s as a blank canvas to create art works that inspire positive mental health. more...

    Keeping emotionally well during exam time With the Leaving Cert kicking off in a couple of weeks’ time, St Patrick’s Mental Health Services has advice for students and their parents on how to mind their mental health during this particularly stressful period. more...

    Hundreds flock to Dublin's first Mental Health fair St Patrick’s Mental Health Services hosted Dublin’s first Mental Health and Wellbeing Fair, a free-of-charge event that aimed to educate and inform the public with a particular focus on wellness. more...

    Dublin's first Mental Health Fair St Patrick’s Mental Health Services are delighted to announce the confirmed line-up of speakers for Dublin’s first Mental Health and Wellbeing Fair taking place at St Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin 8 on Saturday 21st May. more...

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    Sept 4th & 5th How to Formulate Using Compassion Focused Therapy
    A Two Day Advanced Workshop presented by Dr Ken Goss. This workshop is designed for practitioners who have completed a CFT introductory workshop or who are familiar with the CFT model, and to help delegates develop their skills in collaborative CFT Formulations with their clients and use these to guide therapy.
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    Festina Lente… Swiftly, Slowly
    Celebrating the 350th Anniversary of Jonathan Swift's birth at St. Patrick's Mental Health Services.
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