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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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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.


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


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