Symposium on Mental Health

May 20 2015

Date: Wednesday May 20th

Venue: National Office of Youth Work Ireland

Cost: €10 (to include tea/coffee and a light lunch) 


The event comes on foot of a recent national consultation with young people, at which they indicated that the top priority for the implementation of the forthcoming National Youth Strategy was the initiation of new actions in relation to mental health. The young people also indicated in the consultation that youth work organisations had an important role to play through general activities in supporting positive mental health.


Dr. Aileen O’Reilly, Headstrong
“Youth engagement with an emerging Irish mental health early intervention programme - Jigsaw”

Leighann Ryan Culleton, Carlow Regional Youth Service
Happiness and Young people : An investigation on the impact youth work practice has on promoting young people’s well-being. Leighann will present a plan of investigation work to identify outcomes on young people’s well being, including positive mental health.

James Barry, National Youth Health Programme, NYCI
National Mental Health & Wellbeing – National Youth Health Programme. James will discuss the link between Well Being and Mental health and the Mindout training, currently being offered to youth workers on a national basis by the NYHP

Gareth Gibson, Donegal Youth Service
DYS: Putting Mental Health in Focus. Gareth will speak about how DYS has brought a focus on mental health across a number of programmes provided within the service in an integrated fashion.

Young people from the Comhairle na nÓg National Executive and Karyn Farrell of the DCYA Youth Participation Team
Lets’ Go Mental! The young people will present a national programme, Lets’ Go Mental, which was devised and is being implemented by young people in Comhairli na nÓg across Ireland.

Dr Barbara Dooley, University College Dublin
The My World Survey. Barbara will re-visit the seminal research which deepens our knowledge of young people’s mental health in Ireland and demonstrates the impact of “One Good Adult;” a concept of great interest to youth workers.