Our inaugural Recovery Festival took place on 1 September 2018 to celebrate our service users and their families, and to officially launch the Service User Advisory Network (SUAN).
Over 400 people joined us for the new annual event designed to engage service users. Activities on the day included wellness workshops, such as yoga, mindfulness, and laughter yoga, as well as children’s workshops and games, family entertainment, and food stalls. Stands from our own campaigns and services – such as Walk in My Shoes and SUAN – joined exhibitors from a range of external mental health and well-being organisations. Representatives from organisations such as Aware, GROW, Children’s Rights Alliance, Dublin Samaritans, Shine, MyMind, Sugru, Parent Line, Recovery Self-Help Method Ireland and Connect4Work shared information on their range of supports and services to St Patrcick's Mental Health Services (SPMHS) service users in a bid to expand their awareness of additional health and social supports. The successful event also saw 30 people register to join SUAN on the day.