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On October 19th 1745 Jonathan Swift, Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, champion of the poor and oppressed, satirist and author of Gulliver’s Travels, died.  In his will he left his estate to establish a hospital for the psychiatrically ill.

By the standards of his day, this decision was incredible. Swift was moved to ensure that St Patrick's would be the first hospital in Ireland and one of the first in the world to be built specifically for the care of the psychiatrically ill. Throughout the years St Patricks Hospital has relied heavily on fundraising as well as fees from service users.

In recent years, the inception of the Friends of St Patrick’s and then the formation of St Patrick's Mental Health Foundation have played vital roles in the life of the hospital. Both organisations have generously supported various projects including outpatient department initiatives, the service user library, research and many educational activities.

Jonathan Swift Institute of Mentally Healthy Living

Building on the achievements of St Patrick’s Mental Health Foundation in supporting the development of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services into Ireland’s leading independent mental health service provider, the organisation’s fundraising activities have been restructured and refocused.

Since 2016, all fundraising activities have been directed to the Capital Development Project. This is to support the further development of St Patrick's Mental Health Services into a service of excellence that is grounded in a human rights framework and based on a recovery model of service delivery and to also redefe how society understands mental health.

This is an exciting time for us. Our Capital Development Programme is one of the most ambitious ever produced by St Patricks Mental Health Services. We are confident that in partnership with those who experience mental health difficulties and through the commitment and initiative of staff, the board of governors, donors, volunteers and service users, our development plans will be achieved.

We are delighted to announce that our aim is to establish the Jonathan Swift Institute of Mentally Healthy Living, a world renowned institute that promotes mentally healthy living as well as raising standards and expectations for the care of those experiencing mental health difficulties across the world.  This centre will provide a hub of research, training, education and public awareness with a special focus on promoting human rights, recovery and evidence based mental health best practice.

If you would like to find out more about our Capital Development Plans please contact our communications department on 01 249 3540. We would be delighted to hear from you.