Simon McCarthy-Jones has just had a new book published on hearing voices entitled “Cant you Hear Them”. It is fairly focused on the role of trauma, the alternative understandings and support provided by the HVM, and includes stories from people such as Pete Bullimore, which are important for the public hear. Amazon in its description of the book describes how the “…experience of ‘hearing voices’, once associated with lofty prophetic communications, has fallen low. Today, the experience is typically portrayed as an unambiguous harbinger of madness caused by a broken brain, an unbalanced mind, biology gone wild. Yet an alternative account, forged predominantly by people who hear voices themselves, argues that hearing voices is an understandable response to traumatic life-events. There is an urgent need to overcome the tensions between these two ways of understanding ‘voice hearing’.” The book considers neuroscience, genetics, religion, history, politics and the experiences of voice hearers themselves. It challenge established and seemingly contradictory understandings and tries to create a joined-up explanation of voice hearing based on evidence rather than ideology.
Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing Conference 2017 will take place on May 18th and 19th 2017 in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, UCD. The theme this year is “Collaborative Relationships-Challenges/Opportunities for Mental Health Nursing”.
Confirmed keynote speakers are Eithne Cusack, Rufus May, Elisabeth Svanholmer, Rory Doody, Francis Walsh, Margaret Duggan and Adrienne Adams. The conference will also feature the return of the Hypothetical Debate and the Launch of the IIMHN Position Paper on Trauma Informed Care.
Abstracts are invited from all groups on areas related to the conference theme. The closing date for abstract submission is 13th April 2017. Guidelines for abstracts for concurrent papers and posters are here and the requirements for poster presentations are here. Mental Health Nursing students are especially welcome and there will be a student competition category for posters on the day.
The conference is supported by Nursing & Midwifery Planning & Development, Quality & Clinical Care Directorate, Health Service Executive, Dublin North.
Conference registration is closed
|18th May 2017||Thursday|
|08.30 – 09.30||Registration and Coffee|
|09.30 – 09.45||Opening Address: Dr Mary Farrelly Chair IIMHN|
|09.45 – 10.30||Keynote: Elizabeth Svanholmer and Rufus May|
|10.30 – 11.15||Keynote: Eithne Cusack
Collaborative Relationships – The importance of Corporate Collaboration and influence for Mental Health Nursing
|11.15 – 11.45||Coffee|
|13.00-14.00||Lunch and poster viewing|
|14.00-15.00||Keynote: Adrienne Adams|
|15.00-16.00||Collaborative Relations Workshop|
|19th May 2017||Friday|
|08.30 – 09.30||Registration and Coffee|
|09.30 – 11.15||Collaborative Relations: Hypothetical Debate|
|10.30 – 11.15||Keynote: Francis Walsh|
|11.45 – 12.30||Keynote: Rory Doody and Margaret Duggan|
|12.30 – 13.15||Launch of IIMHN Position Paper on Trauma Informed Care|
|13.15-14.00||Poster prizes and close of conference|
The IIMHN would like to congratulate Professor Agnes Higgins on her appointment as Chairperson of Mental Health Reform. This is a hugely prestigious appointment in the field of mental care. Mental Health reform is the national coalition, providing a unified voice driving progressive reform of mental health supports in Ireland. With over 50 member organisations and 10,000 individual supporters, MHR provides a consensus voice to Government and its agencies on how to improve the mental health system. MHR’s vision is of an Ireland where people with mental health difficulties can recover their wellbeing and live a full life in the community. MHR conducts research, consults with stakeholders, develops good practice advice, informs policymakers and public agencies, and mobilises supporters to advocate for change.
Congratulations Agnes, it is fitting recognition and acknowledgment of the transformative work you have done in the field of mental health care. We in the Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing wish you every success in your new role.
Understanding “Recovery” in mental health and disability: Critical approaches to practice, research and professional education – A Master Class
The IIMHN in conjunction with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin are please to offer a Master Class on ‘Understanding “Recovery” in mental health and disability: Critical approaches to practice, research and professional education’, to be delivered by Kathryn Church and Danielle Landry, School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University. Places are limited booking is required, email: Jeni Ryan firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
Monday 7th November 2016- 4pm-6pm
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, D’Olier Street.
Kathryn Church is Director and Associate Professor in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University. A sociologist by training, Kathryn uses cultural forms –most recently public exhibits — to link social science inquiry to public education. She is co-curator of Out from Under: Disability, History and Things to Remember an award-winning exhibit of activist disability history now in the permanent collection of the Canadian Human Rights Museum. Kathryn’s involvement as a Mad movement ally dates back 30 years to the first formations of “consumer participation” and the use of psychiatric survivor narratives in/against mental health policy formation. She is the author of Forbidden Narratives: Critical Autobiography as Social Science, and a dozen plain-text documents on psychiatric survivor-led economic development initiatives, and the documentary film Working Like Crazy. Co-researcher for the study Mental Health Recovery: Users and Refusers, she is currently engaged in the activist project of blending disability and Mad studies.
Danielle Landry teaches Mad People’s History in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University. She is also a PhD student in sociology at York University in Toronto. Her SSHRC-funded doctoral research aims to re-theorize how we understand accessibility for people with psychiatric disabilities in the workplace. This research will involve conducting a case study of social enterprises currently operating in Ontario that are run by psychiatric consumer/survivors. Danielle’s MA research used critical discourse analysis to investigate psychiatric survivor-led research in Canada and the UK. As an active member of Toronto’s mad community, Danielle was involved in the Psychiatric Disabilities Anti-Violence Coalition and she is currently secretary of the board of the Empowerment Council, an independent systemic advocacy group operating within Canada largest mental health and addictions hospital (CAMH).
Mental Health Ireland is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and to mark the occasion are holding a two-day Conference which will be held on Monday, 21st and Tuesday, 22nd November, 2016 in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.
This conference is an important milestone for Mental Health Ireland and it marks a very significant milestone for the organisation. The theme of the conference is “Resilience, Wellbeing and Mental Health” and the conference is supported by Mental Health Europe who are hosting a pre-conference seminar.
The conference will focus on resilience from the perspective of individuals, families and society and will feature keynote speakers Peter Kinderman and Ilona Boniwell.
Link to conference information
Advance Notice: 20th International Congress of International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS): Liverpool, UK. 30-08-2017– 03-09-2017
Over the past number of years, the IIMHN has supported the development of psychological and social approaches to psychosis facilitating Hearing Voices workshops, Maastricht Interview training and workshops delivered in conjunction the Paranoia Network, UK. Members may also be interested in the work of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS) who will hold their next international congress in 2017 in Liverpool.
The 2017 conference in Liverpool, is open to all disciplines in mental health and to service users and carers. ISPS conferences have an outstanding reputation for vibrancy, conviviality, breadth of presentations and social events. You may also be interested in submitting a paper to the conference.
Submissions: Submit a paper, poster, symposium or workshop before December 1st. Please go to www.isps2017uk.org
Registration: We anticipate a full house, so why not make an early bird registration. Please go to www.isps2017uk.org
The 20th International Congress of International Society for the Psychological treatments of the Schizophrenias and Other Psychosis (ISPS) 2017 will take place in Liverpool, UK between the 30-08-2017 and 03-09-2017. See www.isps2017uk.org
The IIMHN has issued a call to all members for agenda items for the Annual General Meeting, which will take place in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Rm. 1.29 on 21st September 2016 at 4pm. Items for inclusion should be sent to email@example.com for Monday, 19th September 2016. New Members are welcome.
Jigsaw (The National Centre for Youth Mental Health) are running an event on the 14th September 2016 in the Mansion House.
The event features Frank DeAngelis, the former principal of Columbine High School in conversation with Jigsaw’s Dr Tony Bates. After 35 years as an educator Frank has many lessons for parents and anyone concerned about or working with young people. In a wide-ranging talk he will cover topics such as:
– The importance of being present and staying involved as parents, even when adolescents tell us we’re not needed
– Staying in touch with the role of social media in young people’s lives
– How to spot a young person in distress
– The role of self-care for those working on behalf of young people
Tickets are €25 and can be booked online through Eventbrite.com and all funds raised will support Jigsaw’s work with young people’s mental health in Ireland. For additional details click here.
Please note that the IIMHN AGM will take place:
Date: 21st September 2016
Time: 16.00 hrs
Venue: Room 1.29, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 24 D’Olier Street, Dublin 2