Who we are
We are governed by a Board of Directors, who come from a range of different backgrounds, specialisms and experiences. The Board are supported and informed by Governance and Finance Committees. Our Head Office team are based in Dún Laoghaire in Co. Dublin. This is where our CEO, Deputy CEO, Chief Operations Officer, Finance, Communications, Fundraising, Mental Health Promotion, Education, Training, & e-Mental Health, Human Resources, and Administration team members are based.
We have 10 Development Officers across the country who link with our network of Mental Health Associations, volunteers and community groups, promoting mental health and supporting recovery in their communities. Mental Health Ireland are now also the employer of people working in recovery education and peer led community services across the country. The team members work in a variety of different settings including Recovery Education Services, Mental Health Services, Involvement Centres and Peer Led community services.
What we do
- We build mental health awareness and understanding through campaigns, training programmes, events, conferences, resources and information.
- We provide opportunities for capacity building in mental health promotion and recovery through our Tony Leahy Third Level Scholarship Programme.
- We are the leading employer of Recovery Education staff in Ireland through our partnership with the HSE.
- We contribute to the evidence base on recovery and mental health promotion by leading on and commissioning research.
- We partner with Mental Health Associations, fellow NGOs, Community Organisations, Workplaces, National and International Mental Health Organisations, and experts by experience and profession to share ideas and coproduce change making initiatives.
Where we're going
Mental Health Ireland looks forward to the future with confidence. As a national voluntary organisation our role is to listen and respond to people within local communities and to fashion solutions that best fit these needs.
The coproduction of this document with our team, volunteers, community and National partners was invaluable to understanding these needs. As we move forward, it is this understanding and our continued partnerships and relationships that will allow us to act and respond to these needs.
About World Mental Health Month
The World Federation for Mental Health started this mental health awareness campaign in 1992 and it is being celebrated yearly since. World Mental Health Day provides the opportunity to raise awareness about global mental health issues and creates the opportunity for people to call for action and advocate for change in mental health.
Every year the World Federation for Mental Health sets a theme for World Mental Health Day, this year’s theme is ‘Mental Health & Wellbeing For All A Global Priority’.
By October 10th 2022, the COVID-19 pandemic will have challenged the world for over 2 years. In turn, our mental health has been challenged during this period and World Mental Health Day provides the opportunity for us to reconnect and awaken effects to invest, promote and improve mental health. This year’s theme speaks to this and highlights that mental health is crucial for everyone, everywhere.
Mental Health Ireland have chosen to extend the campaign and theme to the whole of October. We are working in co-production to launch a World Mental Health Month programme that ensures mental health and wellbeing become a priority for us across the country.
We can all play a role in increasing our awareness of mental health, to have open conversations about mental health and in reducing the stigma attached. This campaign provides the ultimate opportunity for us all to build mental health awareness, united as one.
- We are hosting a Workplace Mental Health Webinar on October 21st to mark World Mental Health Month. Register here.
- We have co-developed a toolkit for people to host a Connect Café.
- Our Development Officers will be running Five Ways to Wellbeing Workshops throughout the month. Register here.
- Get involved in our 5 Ways to Fundraise.
- Support and promote the campaign by purchasing our World Mental Health Month merchandise.
- We have co-designed a range of free downloadable resources that you can use throughout the month to show your support for the campaign.
- Tell us what event you are running for World Mental Health Month or find out what events you can go to in your area.
To find out more about our offerings and how you can get involved in the campaign, check out the tabs above.