Thursday, 30 April 2015

The Big Thank You Party Thursday 7th May at 1pm

Hi everybody!

Below is our invite for The Big Thank You Party being held by the Gateway Project as we say a bittersweet farewell to our host organisation of over ten years Rathmines Pembroke Community Partnership. It is taking place in Parker Hill on Thursday 7th of May 2015 at 1pm.

Come along and join us to say cheers and farewell to the lovely folks at RPCP!  The event will also welcome Mental Health Ireland, Gateway's incoming host organisation and bring the community together for the Green Ribbon launch to get us all talking about mental health.

If anybody needs any further information please feel free to call any of the Gateway Team on 01 496 5558 or our mobile 0857521220 during drop in hours.

Hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Gateway is saying goodbye to RPCP next month and moving on to a new host organisation Mental Health Ireland

Gateway Mental Health Project has been supported by the Rathmines Pembroke Community Partnership  (RPCP) for over 10 years to provide a vital community mental health resource and drop in centre in Rathmines, Dublin 6.

Unfortunately RPCP is no longer able to host Gateway because the programme that funded many of its projects (the Local Community Development Programme) is closing on the 13th May next month. This news came as a real blow to the local community and RPCP, Gateway, our members, staff and all the other projects supported by RPCP in the community. Gateway is moving on...
New Home Needed...
As a result of these developments, we needed to investigate options to find a new host organisation for Gateway. Gateway's Advisory Committee and our current funders explored all the options available to make an informed decision in the best interests of the project for the future. We were fortunate that ongoing supportive relationships with Shine and Mental Health Ireland meant that Gateway had options to consider, unlike other community groups facing closure.

Funders and the Gateway Advisory Committee agreed that Mental Health Ireland offered the best overall option and structure for Gateway to slot into, although additional funding and resources still need to be found to cover the shortfall resulting from the loss of RPCP's support.  Gateway's Advisory Committee submitted an application to Mental Health Ireland to establish Gateway as a Mental Health Association. Although Mental Health Ireland are not in a position to fund Gateway, they can support us to legally administer the funding we already have so that we can continue our work for positive mental health locally. Mental Health Ireland have also made a firm commitment to supporting Gateway's development goals and independence for the future, giving us time and support to establish Gateway as an independent organisation and charity.

Gateway Mental Health Association
Gateway's application was formally accepted by Mental Health Ireland's Board last month which was great news as this means we have a new host organisation in place until we are in a position to strike out on our own.  As a Mental Health Association, Gateway will receive legal, financial and HR administration and can operate without interference with guidance and governance from our own Advisory group and Management Committee, similar to other projects they support such as Aras Follain  - an excellent peer support centre in Tipperary.

 Funding Our Future
We will also need to find the additional funding needed for the project to maintain our activities as a result of losing one of our core funders in RPCP.  We are working hard to raise awareness of Gateway and the very necessary work we do and are meeting with supportive officials from the HSE and Department of Health to explore our sustainability for the future.

A Bittersweet Goodbye
Gateway will be legally transferring to Mental Health Ireland from 1st July 2015 which is bittersweet news for us on many levels.  Although we are delighted and relieved to welcome our new host on board, we will need to say sad farewells to RPCP and the wonderful staff that have given us so much support to develop over the years. As a result of these changes Gateway will also say another farewell to one of our Development Workers, Martha Griffin who has helped to grow the project over the past 7 years.  We hope members and supporters can join us for the Big Thank You Party in Parker Hill next month Thursday 7th May from 1pm for a much needed community gathering.

Gateway has developed into a vibrant, hopeful, inclusive mental health community as a result of the leadership of members, staff and the combined collaborative efforts of Rathmines Pembroke Community Partnership, the Health Service Executive, Shine, City of Dublin Education and Training Board, Dublin City Council, Mental Health Reform, Mental Health Ireland, Disability Federation Ireland.

Sorry for any disruption in the meantime!

We ask for your patience during these challenging times. We will need time to re-organise ourselves as a project and staff team.  There is much to do from the management side and lots of practical issues to overcome in preparation for the transfer so please bear with us.  The drop in centre will also need to close for a few afternoons in early June to give staff time to re-organise the premises, equipment, materials and allow us to get some planning done for the next few months.  We are proposing that drop in is supported to take place in the community on those days (4th, 8th and 11th May 1-5pm in Cafe Moda, Rathmines).

Thank you to all and look forward to a new chapter of continued growth and wellbeing into the future!  

If any member needs more information, please feel free to drop into Gateway in Parker Hill on Monday and Thursday afternoons (from 1-5pm) and speak to any of the Gateway Team in person over a cuppa or call the Gateway mobile on 085 7521220 during office hours.
For information queries from all others, please email our admin support worker John Murray john@rpcp,ie or Fionn on

Monday, 27 April 2015

Free Employability Skills Training

Dear Friends and Community,

I would like to share with you some FREE training that we are providing in 2015 in Tallaght Village for adults that have experienced emotional distress and or mental health difficulties such as Depression, Stress, Suicidal ideation, Anxiety.

Threshold Training Network provides a full time course in “Employability Skills”. The course is designed to support people in their wellness whilst undertaking a FETAC/QQI accredited programme. There is no catchment area.

Whilst on the programme, participants build routine and structure into their lives whilst exploring further education and or employment opportunities. Participants are also provided with classes in Customer Service, Computers and Communication based classes to build on or refresh their knowledge and skills.

A key element to the programme is wellness and relaxation. Participants take part in classes such as Yoga, Mindfulness meditation, Craft based activities, Auricular Acupuncture, Drumming, Song writing, and WRAP workshops.

On completion of the programme, Threshold Training Network supports all participants to take the next step in their journey towards Further education or employment. We do this by inviting students back to the centre for a further 6 weeks to work on identifying and achieving their career goals with an adult guidance coordinator. This is a vital part of the programme which supports individuals in their progression.

Please contact me for further information or to make a referral on 01-4940502 or by email Interested people can also contact us directly to enquire or enrol. Please feel free to forward this e-mail to interested parties.

NEXT programme starting early June. Our training centre is in Tallaght Village and we are serviced by the LUAS, and by the following Buses, 27, 77A, 56, 65, 49, 54A, 75, 76. 

Please see our poster attached which advertises or FREE training programme.

Yours Faithfully
Steven Fitzgerald
Course Coordinator

Threshold Training Network
Bruce House
Main Road
Dublin 24

Training Poster June 2015

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Mindfulness article on The Journal

A very interesting article on Mindfulness was published today on, written by Michelle Hennessy.

"Mindfulness therapy can be as good as medication for preventing depressive relapses.
The alternative treatment helps patients learn how to respond more constructively to their thoughts and feelings."

Journal reader Aine Nibhern also states that Mindfulness can also be very effective when used in conjunction with WRAP:

"Mindfulness is useful for a lot of people in the modern world.
As part of Recovery it can also be incorporated into a WRAP plan (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) to remind the person to continue to practice it. WRAP is evidence based. The 5 key concepts are Hope, Personal Responsibility, Self-advocacy, Education and Support. It can be used in mental health, addictions, weight loss etc."

Click HERE to read the full article

Monday, 20 April 2015

D12 Community Mental Health Forum

The Dublin 12 Mental Health Community Forum was established in 2015 with the aims of promoting mental health recovery in the local community using a partnership approach.

Member Organisations include:

  • ARC Addiction Response Crumlin
  • Crumlin & District Mental Health Services
  • St James' Mental Health Services
  • Dublin 12 Community Garda
  • HSE EVE Cherryfield
  • Gateway Project
  • D12 Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force
  • Threshold Training Network
  • Mojo Programme
  • Walkinstown Greenhills Resource Centre

Please click HERE to visit the forum website

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

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.

Please see the attatched information sheet for participants for further information

Here is the link to the survey:


Hi Folks.

Please find attached information regarding the D12DMAP integrated Gardening group for 2015. Limited places for new participants are now open.  If you could please circulate this information within your group, service or facility that would be great.

We are happy to say that this group is going from strength to strength; with additional raised beds and allotment space being provided this year and new volunteer mentors joining the team.

With the additional gardening space now secured, we are glad to say that this year there will be space for 3-4 more people to participate here.  All that is needed from participants is an interest in gardening and a time commitment of 2 hours per week between the months of April-October.

When reviewing the project last year, participants of the group identified the following benefits:

·   Increasing of gardening knowledge & interest.
·  Socialising, meet others & having the cráic.
·   Getting outdoors
·    Having the group to go to weekly provided for a calm relaxing space – good for mental health.
·   Bringing produce home.

The group now meets every Monday afternoon between 1-3pm.  As numbers are limited, we would ask those interested in participating here to respond at their earliest convenience.

Kind Regards.


John Kelly
Community Worker
Dublin 12 Disability Mainstream Access Project
Fr Lar Redmond Community Centre,
Keeper Road, Drimnagh.
Dublin 12
Phone: 01 4099667/085 101 6633

d12dmap Coffee Morning Poster 2015

Monday, 13 April 2015

Hearing Voices Workshop

Shine and Hearing Voices Ireland will be running a Hearing Voices Workshop free of charge on Friday the 24th of April 2015 at:

The Marino Institute, 
Griffith Avenue,
Dublin 9.


To register, call Bernadette Byrne at 01 8601 620

or email

Registration is at 9:30am, the workshop starts at 10:00am and finishes at 4:30pm

Please see below for full details

HV Poster 24.4.15-1

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

April 2015 Monthly Schedule

Here is the monthly schedule for April 2015. As always, feel free to drop in, get involved, and have fun!

April 2015 Newsletter

More great work from the Newsletter Team here with the arrival of April's Newsletter!

This month we have Oklahoma! The Musical, Arts & Crafts, Peer Involvement, WRAP meeting, the very successful visit from Mental Health Ireland and the HSE, an article on the challenging times Facing Gateway, Six Nations Victory and info on Richard M's Musical members hour.

Enjoy everyone, and a very Happy Easter to all!

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