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Shine is the national organisation dedicated to upholding the rights and addressing the needs of all those affected by mental ill health, through the promotion and provision of high-quality services and working to ensure the continual enhancement of the quality of life of the people it serves.

Shine has offices in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Kilkenny, Tullamore and Dundalk.

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Alan Reid Fund 2015

Shine's Alan Reid Fund in now accepting applications.

The purpose of the Alan Reid fund is to facilitate a person with a diagnosis of a mental illness to achieve some aim, which may be an educational, leisure or social activity and which may require a small amount of money to help him/ her achieve this purpose.

 Applications must be for a recognised project where there is a clear need and benefit from undertaking it. Examples of projects, which might be supported by the fund include:

  •  part payment or full payment of educational or training course fees
  • contribution towards the development of a creative or artistic project
  • contribution towards participation in a recreational activity
  • contribution towards the purchase of an item which may assist the person in a creative, educational or work activity
  • contribution to a project which enhances the person's employment, self-esteem or presence in the community.

Applications will only be accepted from the individual seeking and benefiting from the funding applied for. We do not accept applications from organisations or mental health professionals etc. on behalf of individuals.

Please click here to download the application form.  

Completed application forms and any supporting documentation should be returned by 5pm Friday 27th February 2015 to:

The Alan Reid Fund, Shine, 38 Blessington Street, Dublin 7 or e-mail to dkavanagh@shineonline.ie


The Moment of Truth - Brian Hartnett - RTE One – Sunday 7th of December 10.40pm

This Sunday on The Moment of Truth  (RTE One at 10.40pm) Brian Hartnett of Hearing Voices Ireland talks about how he learned to live with his diagnosis of schizophrenia.
This is a really powerful and inspiring programme.

Brian Hartnett is a DJ, who developed schizophrenia as a consequence of sustained drug use in his twenties. He started to hear voices in his head, often aggressive ones. But then, a new voice appeared which he believes to be Jesus. Part of him knows that this is his mental illness talking, and yet he still finds this presence profoundly inspiring and positive. For him, the choice to listen to his voices, rather than trying to banish them, has helped him to reconcile his two conflicting worlds of psychosis and reality. He now helps others do the same through the advocacy group he founded.  http://bit.ly/1tQLAhh


Little Things Campaign Launch

#littlethings is a new mental health and wellbeing social marketing campaign from the HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention, and created in partnership with over 20 partner organisations. It is being launched on Monday, 20th October.

The campaign has three messages to share:

1. We all experience life’s storms – the day to day dips that are an ordinary, everyday part of life

2. There are things that you can do for yourself and others that will have a positive impact on how you feel, and how you cope

3. You can find out more about the #littlethings and about mental wellbeing on yourmentalhealth.ie, or call the Samaritans on 116123 for a listening ear.

The Stories:
As part of the campaign, three generous people have shared their experience of life’s storms, and what #littlethings worked for them in getting through those tough times. Úna, Robert and Alan’s stories have been animated into 40’ TV and Radio adverts and will be widely shared throughout the campaign.

Una's Story and her #littlethings

Alan's Story and his #littlethings

Robert's Story and his #littlethings


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