St Patrick’s Mental Health Services (SPMHS) is committed to promoting mental wellbeing and mental health awareness, to ending stigma associated with mental health difficulties, and to advancing a human rights-based approach to mental health care. To do this, we believe a collaborative approach is essential, and we deeply value links and partnerships with other organisations working towards the same goals, both nationally and internationally.
Collaborative projects and initiatives
Here are some of the collaborative projects and initiatives we are involved with:
Women’s Mental Health Network
The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) and St Patrick’s Mental Health Service (SPMHS) have come together to develop a Women’s Mental Health Network. This is a network of people and organisations with a committed interest in women’s mental health issues.The network has two aims:
- To provide a forum for information-sharing and networking
- To advance interdisciplinary and multi-agency collaboration on women’s mental health issues
National Parent’s Council training
In Ireland, the National Parent’s Council (NPC) is the “only representative organisation for parents of children in primary or early education”. It works to empower parents to support their children throughout their early and primary school years and believes that children should have a say in issues affecting their educational lives.
The NPC and SPMHS have partnered to create mental health awareness training for parents of primary school children. This programme supports parents to encourage and promote positive mental health and wellbeing in their children. It also explores how building resilience in children helps them to manage and cope with the day-to-day stresses of life as they occur. Training takes place around the country, and you can find more information here.
For more general information about supporting your child’s mental health and wellbeing, visit the NPC website here.
Mental Health Reform
Mental Health Reform is Ireland’s leading national coalition on mental health, campaigning for the progressive reform of mental health services and supports in Ireland.
SPMHS is proud to be an associate member of Mental Health Reform and to support its important work.
You can learn more about Mental Health Reform’s work here.
Children’s Rights Alliance
Founded in 1995, the Children’s Rights Alliance unites over 100 members working together to make Ireland one of the best places in the world to be a child. It works to change the lives of all children in Ireland by making sure that their rights are respected and protected in our laws, policies and services. It identifies problems for children. It educates and provides information on children’s rights. It unites its members and puts pressure on government and decision-makers to put children first. SPMHS stands as a member of the Children’s Rights Alliance, and proudly supports its work.
You can learn more about the Children’s Rights Alliance here.
The Children’s Rights Alliance developed a ‘Know Your Rights’ booklet on children’s rights with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, and members of the St Patrick’s Youth Empowerment Service took part in its development. You can access the booklet here.
First Fortnight is a charitable organisation that challenges mental health stigma and
prejudice through arts and cultural action. To this end, First Fortnight holds an annual, national mental health arts and cultural festival, with events taking place around the country.
SPMHS has been proud to be a presenting partner for the festival and has hosted
numerous events during the festival, including film screenings, plays and ‘Cistin’, a night of
music, poetry and storytelling.
You can find more information about First Fortnight and its important work here.
Pieta House and St Patrick’s Mental Health Services have been joining forces since 2016 to raise awareness and understanding of self-harm by holding a ‘Self-harm Awareness Conference’ each March, to coincide with Self-injury Awareness day. In 2019, over 200 people attended including teachers, youth workers, health professionals and parents. Speakers included Professor Ella Arensman of the National Suicide Research Foundation, and Ellen Townsend, Lead of the UK’s Self-harm Research group.
See Change is the national partnership to end mental health stigma, which includes the ‘Green Ribbon’ campaign during May. During May, you can pick up your green ribbon to support the campaign at participating outlets including major Irish Rail stations, Eir and Boots Stores, AIB branches and participating libraries. St Patrick’s Mental Health Services is an active supporter of the See Change partnership, and hosts special events onsite during Green Ribbon month.
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