Founder's Day Conference

03 December, 2021

Founder's Day 2021 | Mental Health, Human Rights and the Law

The annual Founder's Day conference from St Patrick's Mental Health Services (SPMHS) took place on 3 December 2021.

Founder’s Day is held to recognise and continue the legacy of our founder, Jonathan Swift, a pioneer in mental healthcare.

This year’s Founder’s Day conference explored the theme of Mental Health, Human Rights and the Law, and focused on national mental health legislation and related developments, and the broader human rights context. The conference is a half-day event which started at 9.10am and took place online through Zoom.

Conference topics

Topics that the conference addressed include:

  • the proposed reform of the Mental Health Act 2001 and its significance for service providers, healthcare professionals, service users, their families and supporters, and other key stakeholders
  • progress on the implementation of the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act and its relevance to the rights of people experiencing mental health difficulties
  • understanding the role and importance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) from a mental health perspective.

The conference aims to share expert knowledge in these areas by bringing together varied perspectives, such as:

  • legal and academic expertise
  • mental healthcare professionals
  • service user and carer representatives
  • regulatory and advocacy bodies.


Mary Butler TD, Minister for Mental Health and Older People, delivered an address at the conference and our keynote speaker was Gareth Owen, Reader in Mental Health, Ethics and Law, King’s College London/Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the South London Maudsley NHS Foundation. We were also joined by: 

Continuing Professional Development

Founder's Day holds an important space in the Irish Continual Professional Development (CPD) calendar, with four CPD points available from the Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (IACP), and two points available from the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). The CPD points available from the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) will be confirmed shortly. Please note, external CPD credits approved by the ICGP are automatically recognised by the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland (CPI). If your organisation is not listed above, please email us to request a general attendance certificate.

Watch the conference

If you missed the conference, you can now watch it back below.

For more information please email or call +353 1 249 3540.

Download the Founder's Day programme

Download the Founder's Day programme

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