Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Local Solstice Wellbeing Event on Sunday 21st June in Griffith Park at 4.45pm

Hi all,

21st June, 2015.
Solstice Wellbeing Day

The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year and traditionally is a day of celebration in Irish culture.  The moment of the Solstice is the time when the sun is at its height.   Mental Health Ireland  aim to create a new celebration at the moment of the Solstice, a simple action, accessible to everyone, which will enhance positive mental health and wellbeing.
You might not realise but the Summer solstice occurs in Ireland at exactly 5.38 p.m.!
It is at this moment on our Solstice Wellbeing Day, we plan to  read a passage, light a candle and invite everyone to mark the moment by reflecting on the past year and making a wellbeing intention for the coming year.

Our Local Solstice  Event

The local Mental Health Association are having a local Solstice  event beginning at 4.45pm in Griffith Park (  Also known as Tolka Park) We will assemble at the Millmount entrance, not far from Drumcondra Library and Millmount Clinic.
We will walk along the river in the park.          
At 5.30 we gather near the large flower beds and have some readings, a few songs from special guest artists.
We will light our  Solstice Candle.
We will continue our celebration with a cuppa in the nearby Skylon hotel.

Can you let me know if you or people you know are attending this special event

Jim Owens

Best wishes
Jim Owens
On behalf of Drumcondra  and District Mental Health Association
01 8842416

Thursday, 11 June 2015

‘A Public Lecture’ by Professor Gail A. Hornstein, Professor of Psychology at Mount Holyoke College (Massachusetts, USA).

Hi all

The Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing (IIMHN), in conjunction with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin is pleased to announced ‘A Public Lecture’ to be given by Professor Gail A. Hornstein, Professor of Psychology at Mount Holyoke College (Massachusetts, USA). The event will take place on Thursday, June 25 2015, 3.30-4.30pm. 

To reserve a place at this event please contact Jeni Ryan @

Professor Hornstein’s research on the contemporary history and practices of psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis has been supported by visiting fellowships to Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, London, Durham, and Nottingham, and her articles and opinion pieces have appeared in many scholarly and popular publications. Her book, ‘Agnes’s Jacket: A Psychologist’s Search for the Meanings of Madness’, shows how the insights of people diagnosed with ‘psychosis’ can challenge fundamental assumptions about madness, treatment, and mental life.

Gail’s Bibliography of ‘First-Person Narratives of Madness in English’, now in its 5th edition with more than 1,000 titles, is used internationally by educators, clinicians, and peer organizations. She has worked closely with psychiatric survivor groups for the past decade, organised and co-facilitated one of the USA’s first hearing voices peer-support groups, and speaks widely about mental health issues across the US, UK, and Europe. She and Jacqui Dillon (Chair of HVN in England) have just received a major grant from the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care to expand hearing voices groups across the USA and to research the mechanisms by which such groups work.

This talk seeks to open up discussions of mental health and break out of narrow, pathologising categories. The reframing of more and more actions, feelings, and perceptions as brain-based disorders is eroding our capacity to understand ourselves and to assess and cope with life’s challenges. Key studies by the World Health Organization demonstrate far better mental health in ‘developing countries’ than in those considered more ‘developed’, even as Western psychiatry’s biological model is increasingly exported to the rest of the world. By highlighting the importance of lived experience and our own ways of making sense of ourselves, we can develop alternative models that are empowering and useful in our everyday lives and do justice to the resilience and adaptability that are key aspects of human psychology.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Good Mood Festival in Outhouse, Saturday 13th June.

Hello Everyone,

SeeChange invites you to the Good Mood Festival in Outhouse this Saturday 13th June. Please share this with your friends, family also, everybody is welcome!

Hope to see you Saturday!

Please click on the following links for more information:

or contact Laura Lousie Condell at

Monday, 8 June 2015

Free Guided Dodder River Birds Walk with BirdWatch Ireland June 13th 2015

Hi Everyone,

Free Family Activity on the River Dodder, 2pm Dropping Well Pub  Carpark, Miltown Road, Dublin 6.

Get Involved in Nature Conservation.  

On June 13th Dublin City Council invite you to join experts from BirdWatch Ireland to look for
sightings of river birds on the Dodder.

At this time of the year the Dodder is a vibrant place for river birds flying up and down to their
nests and feeding sites.

It is also a home to an array of wild flowers, the Otter and  Atlantic Salmon. Learn to identify with
confidence birds like the Heron, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, Dipper, Cormorant and Sand Martin.

Dublin City Council Biodiversity team will also help  you to understand the wonders of the  river bank wetland habitat and the invasive species, like the Himalayan Balsam that threaten it.

Click below to see detailed information about activities
The link to DCC site is

Biodiversity Events | Dublin City Council
It will be also posted on the DCC  homepage from next Tues  2nd May
Welcome to Dublin City Council | Dublin City Council

Thanks  a million,
Niamh Ni Cholmain
Biodiversity Facilitator for Community Engagement
Biodiversity Unit,
Parks and Landscape Services,
Culture Recreation Amenity and Community,
Dublin City Council.

Friday, 5 June 2015

The Wonderful Rathmines Garden Trail this weekend!

Calling all nature lovers, gardening gurus and interested members of the public!

This Saturday (6th June) sees the return of the wonderful Rathmines Garden Trail organised by the Rathmines Initiative which gives an opportunity to visit and enjoy many of the beautiful private gardens cultivated by local residents.

All proceeds will be kindly donated to Gateway Project so please pop along for an enriching horticultural experience and in support of our growing project.

Come rain or shine the Garden Trail is one to enjoy this weekend!

~ Fionn & Gateway 



June 2015 Newletter and Schedule

Hello everyone,

Below is Gateway’s newsletter and schedule for this month.

Please note that drop-in will be CLOSED until June 15 to help us facilitate staff training and planning for our transition to Mental Health Ireland.

Member meet ups are taking place on Monday 1st, Thursday 4th, Monday 8th and Thursday 11th in Cafe Moda from 2-4pm.  Join members for a cuppa and a chat.

All the best,

John, Gateway Team.

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