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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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Shine AGM 2015

Shine's AGM will take place on Saturday 16th May 2015 from 12 midday in the Oak Room, Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

There will also be a presentation on EUFAMI's Caring for Carers Survey which some of Shine's members provided input to last year.

The EUFAMI Caring for Carers Survey (C4C Survey) is a European wide survey recently undertaken by the European Federation of Associations of Families of People with Mental Illness [EUFAMI], in collaboration with LUCAS, the centre for care research and consultancy of the University of Leuven, Belgium, to understand the needs and challenges faced by carers supporting those living with a mental health illness. The survey, the very first of its kind, was conducted in 25 countries in total, mainly in the EU - Ireland was one of the participating countries. In addition to the overall report, individual reports will be made available for certain countries, including Ireland.

Please see attached agenda for the day.

If you would like to attend please confirm your attendance by calling Shine on 01 8601620 or e-mail dkavanagh@shineonline.ie by Friday 8th May 2015.


FRIENDS National Conference "Involving Families in Recovery"

FRIENDS Project, a partnership of HSE Mid- west, Shine, Aras Follain and Family Peer supporters is hosting a national Conference "Involving Families in Recovery" 

Date: Thursday 28th May 2015

Location: Clarion Hotel, Dock Road, Limerick

Please find attached the conference agenda.

For further information or to register please contact Ann Marie Flanagan by e-mail at aflanagan@shineonline.ie or call 087 787 8222.


Mental Health Commission Study for health professionals and carers

The Mental Health Commission financed a comprehensive study evaluating the experiences of service users and of professionals in relation to the implementation of the Mental Health Act in 2011. After receiving ethics approval for this study, they interviewed 270 patients who have been detained under the MHA 2001 in relation to their views of the process of admission, their views of their admission and tribunals and we attained various clinical and demographic data. Besides that we are now holding focus groups with health professionals and carers to attain their opinions in relation to the operation of the MHA 2001.

As part of this Mental Health Commission funded study and a larger International Comparative Study, we have developed a short questionnaire, which we have distributed through our network to family members and professionals who are involved in the involuntary admission of psychiatric patients. We have already obtained data by 16 Family members. However in order to be able to make valid conclusions based on representative sample of family members, we need to collect extra data. We would greatly appreciate if you could provide us with some assistance and distribute the online questionnaire we developed to members of SHINE, who have previously been involved in involuntary admission of their relatives. This questionnaire is completely anonymous and it takes 3-4 minutes to fill in.

To give you an impression on how this questionnaire looks like, I am sending the following link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/International_Comparative_Study_tryout   When all data have been completed, we will prepare a report for the Mental Health Commission based on these findings.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact (irina.georgieva@nuigalway.ie) or 087-3556505.  Your anticipated cooperation will be greatly appreciated.


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