Planning the Jonathan Swift Campus for Mentally Healthy Living

At St Patrick’s Mental Health Services (SPMHS), we continue to honour our founder Jonathan Swift’s vision for a society where all citizens are given the opportunity to live mentally healthy lives.

In following this vision, we are committed to growing our organisation, including by developing our physical infrastructure, national networks, and operational excellence.

Under our 2018 to 2022 organisational strategy, Changing Minds. Changing Lives., we committed to the development of a unique national centre at our James’ Street site. As envisioned under this strategy, this world-class national centre will provide a range of mentally healthy living initiatives for the general population, alongside the provision of comprehensive, recovery-based treatment for people with mental health difficulties. The development will also help to enhance our capabilities to provide the highest quality care to more people, while greatly improving the existing campus and scope of service provided.

The strategy set out a phased development plan for the national centre, with an overall project timeline of 20 to 25 years comprised of short, medium and long-term developments.

Phase One

Within the 2018 to 2022 strategic period, work took place on the short-term requirements for the national centre project, with significant and steady progress made on defining the plan of action.

As Ireland’s largest independent provider of mental healthcare, with a reputation for excellent service provision, we are aiming to mobilise our expertise in service delivery, advocacy, mental health promotion and research in the first phase of our national centre project. We intend to use this expertise to create a new mental health Education Centre within the national centre. Through this Education Centre, we will provide a range of wellness initiatives for the public, including schools and community groups. This will be an important step to address mental health challenges in Ireland and to bring about real and lasting change.

In 2022, planning permission was granted by Dublin City Council to begin the first phase of work. This will involve completing repair work to our historic building on James’ Street and transforming its ground floor to prepare for the introduction of the new Education Centre.

Future phases

The next strategic periods for our organisation will see the further advancement and implementation of plans for our national centre. We look forward to sharing more news and developments with you as these plans progress.