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May our beloved Pat Seager rest in peace

The Directors and Staff of Shine 

Would like to express their sadness

 at the loss of Pat Seager and extend

their sympathy to her husband Richard,

their children Zak and Ishla

and her extended family.

May she Rest in Peace.


Irish Advocacy Network Conference

The Irish Advocacy Network is organising a Conference on Thursday, 3rd December 2015 in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.  The Conference will run from9am to 5pm.

The Conference is entitled: ‘Moving Forward - Service User and Family Member/Carer Engagement’. 

The aim of the Conference is to advance partnership working between Service Users, Family Members, Carers and local HSE mental health services.  The provisional order of the conference is as follows:

1.       Presentation on a capacity building training programme to help establish a local Consumer Panel;

2.       Presentations from Service Users and Family Members/Carers who have participated in the above training;

3.       Presentations from HSE representatives from two areas where the training was delivered;  

4.       Presentations from lead persons within the HSE or/and Department of Health with regards to meaningful involvement of Service User, Family Member/Carer in the monitoring, evaluation and development of local mental health services.

The above will take place during the morning and will hopefully conclude with a panel discussion led by a question & answer session.

The afternoon will involve facilitation of break-out sessions where specific matters with regards to meaningful Service User, Family Member/Carer involvement and partnership working with local HSE services are shared, discussed and noted.  We intend to disseminate the notes from the break-out sessions among participants and send on to lead person’s within the HSE or/and Department of Health.

If you are able to join us please complete and return the attached Registration Form.

There is no charge for this Conference.



Cracked – Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good

By James Davies, Icon Books (May 2013)
Review by Lorna Kernan
At first sight, little about this book would have enticed this reviewer to pick it up, with its “tablet blister-sleeve” image dominating the cover as well as its mission-statement title.
But we all know about appearances. Cracked turns out to be a page-turner, addressing serious issues, including how psychiatry has expanded its jurisdiction over us and, by increasing the number of “mental disorders” that we can suffer from in the DSM has, thereby, been seduced into creating a massive market for drug-based psychiatric treatments generating multi-billion dollar/pound/euro rewards for pharmaceutical multi-nationals. Probably one in four of us are now diagnosable with some sort of “mental disorder”.

Click here to read full review 


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