Founder's Day Conference

03 December, 2021

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

Mental health, human rights and the law: Illustration showing healthcare professionals and the general public looking towards Lady Justice, the symbol of justice 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.

In 2021, the 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.

Conference topics

Topics that the conference addressed include:

The conference aimed 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: 

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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