Every year, we hold our Founder's Day conference to recognise and contribute to the continued legacy of our pioneering founder, Jonathan Swift.
Taking place on Friday, 27 November, our 2020 event explores the future of mental health in Ireland, looking at the key features of an excellent mental health service, particularly when considering this year's new government and national mental health policy, as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Former United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Dainius Puras, will join us as a keynote speaker for this event. Other speakers include:
- Mary Butler TD, Minister for Mental Health and Older People
- John Farrelly, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)of the Mental Health Commission
- Fiona Coyle, CEO of Mental Health Reform
- William Flannery, President of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland
- Martha Griffin, Chair of the Peer Support in Mental Health Programme in Dublin City University and a peer educator with the Recovery College.
Further speakers and contributors will be confirmed in the coming weeks. This half-day conference will highlight a comprehensive range of perspectives, with each speaker presenting a short 10-minute talk that concentrates on what they feel are the key areas for consideration in mental health services
Founder's Day is scheduled to coincide with the birthday of Jonathan Swift, whose bequeathing of £12,000 for "a home for fools and mad" led to the establishment of not only the first mental health hospital in Ireland, but one of the very first in the world. The annual conference brings together national and international academics, clinicians, service users and carers, and marks a major event in the Irish Continuing Professional Development (CPD) calendar, with further information on CPD points available coming shortly.
Due to the COVID-19 public health restrictions, this conference will take place online. Registration is free, but essential. A link to join the online event will be sent to everyone who registers ahead of its scheduled time.