Advocacy Update - June 2019

Perinatal Mental Health in Focus

The ‘Women’s Mental Health Network’ held its first learning and networking event of 2019 on Friday, May 10th, focused on perinatal mental health. Dr Margo Wrigley, HSE National Clinical Lead for Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Services, and Eileen Ní Shuilleabháin, Primary Social Worker in Adult Mental Health Services in Galway City, presented on the development of specialist perinatal mental health services nationally, and on a trauma-informed approach to perinatal mental health care, respectively. 

Join the Women’s Mental Health Network!

The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) and St Patrick’s Mental Health Service (SPMHS) have come together to develop a Women’s Mental Health Network. This is a network of people and organisations with a committed interest in women’s mental health issues.

The network has two aims:

  • To provide a forum for information-sharing and networking
  • To advance interdisciplinary and multi-agency collaboration on women’s mental health issues

To do this we share information via newsletters and online updates and organise education and networking events hosted collaboratively by SPMHS and NWCI.

How do I become a member of the network?

If you would like to join the network, please email Louise O’Leary, Advocacy Manager in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services at You can find more information about the network here.

May marked Green Ribbon Month - #EndTheStigma

SeeChange launched its 2019 Green Ribbon campaign to end mental health stigma at the Mansion House on 30 April, with the campaign lasting for the month of May. We ran a special event for service users in support of the campaign, when the RTÉ Guide’s Film Editor, Michael Doherty, hosted a film quiz, with a focus on mental health in the movies, in St Patrick’s University Hospital on 21 May.

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Research Updates - June 2019