Monday, 19 December 2016

Things to do in Dublin over the holidays

Hi folks, 

At the members' meeting this month, we talked about how Christmas can be a challenging time of year for many of us and how important it is to stay connected with others and get out and about as much as we can. There were lots of great suggestions for things to keep us busy and connected over the holiday period and while Gateway's drop in is closed. 

Here's the list for everyone's convenience which includes meet up details for Gateway members in the community - hope to see some of you there... (also on page 3 of the Gateway Newsletter).

Other things to do?

Some great events taking place in Dublin - check out: dublin at christmas - dublin city council events.

The Winter Solstice event on Wednesday 21st December looks all set to be a beautiful community gathering to enjoy... recommended!

There are lots of other free events and different types of activities happening, many advertised on Joerg's Dublin Free Event Guide - so keep an eye out for his weekly round up of freebie interesting things to see and do in the city.

You can check out local cinema, gigs and theatre offerings here:  - just remember that the Rathmines Swan Cinema is only a fiver all day Tuesdays...

Fancy popping in to a Christmas market to sample to festive offerings?  check out:  for a full list of markets and details.

For Christmas Day, remember that the Knights of Columbanus provide free 4 course christmas day meals, entertainment and company.  Special buses to transport people to and from the RDS will run from several locations in the city centre. Read about last year's event here: 

Mental Health Ireland have provided some practical tips for managing over the Christmas - click here for more

For support 24 hours a day:

The Samaritans:
Tel: 116 123   and/or Email: 

Mind yourselves and each other and catch up during a meet up or in the new year.

Best wishes to everyone,

and now for something completely different...

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Monthly Schedule - December 2016

Howdy all,

It’s my pleasure to send you on the Gateway MHA Monthly Schedule for December 2016. I  jazzed it up with some festive decoration for the month that’s in it!

The Newsletter Team are hard at work on the December issue, which will be sent around as soon as it is ready.

This is also the last time that I will be sending these around personally, as I finish working for Gateway next Thursday, but not to worry – the folks will make sure it still reaches you each month .

Cheers and all the best,

John M.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Gateway gets a mention - Irish Times Article following Mental Health Ireland's 50th Anniversary Conference

Howdy All,

Fionn spotted this earlier - a well deserved mention I reckon!

Makes a lot of sense too :)

Click here to read the article:


John M.

List of Christmas Events in the South East Area

Howdy folks,

Ronan O’Donnell from Dublin City Council has kindly sent us on a list of Christmas events happening in south Dublin in the run up to the big day.

Please see the flyer below for more details!

All the best,

John M.

Christmas 2016 List of Events by Gateway Project on Scribd

Monday, 28 November 2016


Howdy all,

Please see below for more info from Mental Health Reform's latest info launch.

All the best,

John M.


What? Mental Health Reform (MHR), in partnership with the Mental Health Commission, is launching its guidelines for mental health services and staff on working with people from ethnic minority communities. The guidelines are rooted in MHR’s policy position on ethnic minorities and mental health, [link to the report can be found below]  which was developed on the basis of an international literature review and wide consultation with representatives from a number of ethnic minority groups, in addition to MHR’s Multi-Disciplinary and Ethnic Minorities Advisory Groups.

When?  Friday 16th December 2016 @ 11.30am 

Where? Pearse Street Library, 144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 
. Dublin

Who? This event will bring together key stakeholders in the areas of mental health and ethnic minorities. All are welcome to attend, including individuals from ethnic minority communities and/or people with self-experience of mental health difficulties/of using the mental health services, family members, supporters, carers, mental health organisations and mental health professionals and services, ethnic minority representatives and organisations, academics, policy makers as well as other key decision makers in the areas of mental health and/or ethnic minorities and other interested groups/ individuals.

Registration This event is free of charge but places are limited so please reserve your place early. Full details of the launch, including speakers on the day will be circulated shortly. To register for this event you can contact Kate at or phone 01 874 9468. Please feel free to circulate this notice to your relevant contacts.

Please let us know if you have any accessibility requirements and we will ensure that we we meet such requirements on the day.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes


Kate Mitchell
Policy and Research Officer

Mental Health Reform,
Coleraine House,
Coleraine Street,
Dublin 7

Tel. 01 874 9468
Mob: 086 024 5409

Follow us on Twitter: @MHReform
Like us on Facebook:

Thursday, 24 November 2016


You are invited to Mental Health Reform's seminar on advance healthcare directives for people with mental health difficulties in Ireland.

What? Mental Health Reform will host a seminar on advance directives (ADs) for people with mental health difficulties in Ireland. This seminar will bring together national and international experts on ADs in mental health as well as key stakeholders to discuss the implementation of ADs within the Irish context.

When?  Monday 12th December 2016, 9.00am - 4.30pm 

Where?  Citywest Hotel, Saggart, Co. Dublin 

Speakers on the day will include Dr. Fiona Morrissey, Mental Health Law Researcher in Ireland, international speaker, John Oliver, Esq. (Attorney) City of Norfolk, Virginia, US and Peter Bartlett, Professor of Mental Health Law, University of Nottingham, UK. Speakers will also include experts by experience, representatives from key stakeholder bodies and Mental Health Reform's Director, Dr. Shari McDaid.

Who? This seminar is open to people with self-experience, family members, supporters, carers, mental health organisations and mental health professionals and services, academics, legal professionals, legislators, policy makers as well as other key decision makers in the area of mental health and interested groups/ individuals.

How to register? This event is free of charge. You can still register for this event by contacting Kate at or by phoning 01 874 9468. There are a limited number of places left so please register as soon as you can.

Please advise us if you have any requirements - accessibility, dietary or otherwise and we will ensure to meet such requirements on the day.

Best wishes


Kate Mitchell
Policy and Research Officer

Mental Health Reform,
Coleraine House,
Coleraine Street,
Dublin 7

Tel. 01 874 9468
Mob: 086 024 5409

Follow us on Twitter: @MHReform
Like us on Facebook:

Monday, 14 November 2016

Gateway Newsletter - November 2016

Well I stand corrected!

After some stellar hard work from the Newsletter Team, here is the November 2016 Newsletter.

Great stuff you lot :)

All the best,

John M.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Gateway Monthly Schedule - November 2016

Howdy all,

Here is the belated Gateway Monthly Schedule for November.

Also, The Newsletter Team send their apologies, as due to unforeseen circumstances it was not possible to complete a newsletter for November.
Stay tuned though – December’s edition is bound to be a cracker! (Pun Intended!)

All the best,

John M.

November 2016 by Gateway Project on Scribd

Thursday, 3 November 2016

CLAN Peer Mentor Internship

Howdy all!

Former Gateway project Worker Tom got in touch with us with some information from Emer at Crosscare you might find interesting, regarding a CLAN Peer Mentor Internship.

Please see the mail message and attached flyer and application form for more details.


John M.

"Hi Guys, 

I’m recruiting for new peer mentors to start in December. If you know anyone interested can you please send this on to them. 
As it is no longer a jobbridge internship, this is an unpaid internship but some daily expenses will be reimbursed. We are looking for people who can commit to 25 hrs a week for 1 year.
Attached is the application form for CLAN peer mentor internship. 
Full training and work experience in Crosscare homeless services offered to all interns.
If you know anyone interested in applying please send it on to them. Closing date is  Friday November 18th. 



Emer Morrissey |Crosscare Links and Advice Network (CLAN) Coordinator | 20-23 Arran Quay | Dublin 7 | Ph: + 353 (1) 8725055 M: 086 0213680| 
Crosscare’s work is guided by three core values: Love, Respect, and Excellence.

Peer Volunteers Ad by Gateway Project on Scribd

Clan Peer Mentor Volunteer Application Form 2016 by Gateway Project on Scribd

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Mental Health Reform dismayed at Government reversal of budget commitment

Not great news unfortunately....

I think it's fair to say that we're all feeling just as dismayed here at Gateway.

Director of Mental Health Reform, Dr. Shari McDaid had plenty to say about this.

Mental Health Reform dismayed at Government reversal of budget commitment

Mental Health Reform has today expressed dismay at the Government’s rapid reversal of its Budget commitment to investment of €35M in 2017 for improvements in mental health services.

Speaking in response to an answer made by Minister of State Helen McEntee in the Dáil to a question put by Fianna Fail mental health spokesperson James Browne, TD, the Director of Mental Health Reform, Shari McDaid, said, “I am shocked to hear that there is scope for just €15M of additional spending for improvements in mental health care for 2017, given the overstretched and under-resourced state of our mental health system. This would represent only a 1.8% increase in funding for mental health compared to the 2016 budget, much less than the 7.4% increase in revenue spending for the health budget as a whole. Mental health has not been shown parity of esteem, much less the priority it needs by this Government.”

“We are seeking an urgent review of this Government decision to allow just 1.8% in additional spending in 2017 for mental health care improvements. Staffing levels in child and adolescent mental health services are 48% below recommended levels, while across the mental health services staffing is 21% lower than recommended. Mental health services have not recovered from the economic crisis and are still almost 1,000 staff below the level in 2008,” continued Dr. McDaid.

“More and more people of all ages are seeking support to recover from a mental health difficulty; more than 2,000 children and adolescents were waiting for a first appointment for mental health services in July of which 10% or 200 were waiting more than 12 months. Clearly more resources are needed at the coal face and a 1.8% increase is wholly inadequate to respond to this need. Notwithstanding the announced once-off funding for the new forensic mental health facility, we are asking the Government to allow the HSE to spend a full €35M on improvements to mental health care next year,” concluded Dr. McDaid."

Additional information

See here for response from Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee.
See here for response from An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.

Mental Health Reform is the national coalition on mental health promoting improved mental health services and the social inclusion of people with mental health difficulties. 

See for more details. For more information please contact: Ray Burke on

Dublin North Trialogue Poster Information

Howdy all,

Apologies for any cross-posting!

We received this information from former Gateway Development Worker John Kelly, who is now working at The Recovery College at Dublin City University.

It’s about the Dublin North Trialogue Group Meeting, We thought it might be of interest and would like to pass it on to you.

Please see the attached flyers for more information!

All the best, John M.


Along with the courses being run this semester the Recovery College is delighted to invite you and all others interested to the very first North Dublin Trialogue group meeting, which is a space to discuss Mental Health topics with others interested.  This is part of a collaborative project and is being facilitated by a project team comprising of a service user, family member and mental health professional.

In Trialogue we come together to talk and most importantly listen together.  The hope is to share, to gain insight and learn from each other. 

We very much hope you can attend and please feel free to circulate this information to all friends, colleagues, groups, services and community networks as you see fit:

This initial Trialogue meeting is scheduled for:

Date: Monday October 24th
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Respond Housing Association, Grace Park Road, Whitehall, Dublin 9.

See attached poster & map for full details, directions and transport information.

Tea and coffee will be provided.

If you would like to confirm your place or have any questions feel free to contact us on the Details provided.

Kind regards
John Kelly
Dublin North, North East, Recovery College
Healthy Living Center 
Dublin City University 
Dublin 9 
Tel: 01 7008887
Mobile: 0858108712

Monday, 10 October 2016

Happy World Mental Health Day! Join us if you can...

Hello and Best Wishes to All on World Mental Health Day

We are celebrating community wellbeing and strength today in a series of events which explore the 5 ways of wellbeing: 


Our event is open to all Gateway members, supporters, friends and people living locally to join us in celebration of each other and the day!

Below is our schedule of events for the day - please do drop in!
Fionn & Gateway

5 Ways to Wellbeing Bookmark by Gateway Project on Scribd

Monday, 3 October 2016

Newsletter and Monthly Schedule - October 2016

Howdy folks,

Apologies for the slight delay (Yet Again!), but here is our newsletter and schedule for october.


All the best,

John M.

Gateway Newsletter October 2016

October 2016 by Gateway Project on Scribd

World Mental Health Day at Gateway - come join us!

Dear members, friends and supporters,

 Next Monday 10th October from 12.00-5.00pm Gateway will host a community wellbeing event as part of World Mental Health Day celebrations around the world.
 Members have been planning the event over the past month and have put together a wonderful variety of activities to explore community and wellbeing together during the day.   These activities are centred around the Five Ways To Wellbeing, five simple actions we can build into our daily lives that contribute positively to our mental health and happiness.


The schedule for the day provides an opportunity to come together with others in the community in support of our health and happiness.  There will be refreshments, music, poetry, mindfulness and so much more!  You can check back here for updates in the mean time.
 We are really looking forward to meeting new friends, so please help us to spread the word and bring along friends, family and others to share in the day!
 Hope to see you there.
 Fionn & Gateway 

Music in Mind Singing at Gateway

Dear Members & Friends,

Gateway members are working with the National Concert Hall’s community outreach programme to explore the benefits and enjoyment of music and are invited to free their voices through a series of 6 choral workshops this autumn/winter. Please see the poster attached for details and if interested for yourself or another.  We are seeking participants who are able to commit to the full 6 workshops, request a place through Gateway’s office or through a project worker during drop in.

What, When  & How?
Free your voice through song, building your knowledge and confidence week upon week in a relaxed, fun environment.

6 week choral singing group, starting Wednesday 26th October 2016 from 11.00-12.30 in the MART Gallery (old Rathmines fire station opposite library)

Duration? 1.5 hour long workshops with accomplished Choral Director from the National Concert Hall.

Cost? Voluntary Course Contribution for 6 weeks: €15 paid through Gateway Office in advance.

Commitment? We ask singers to commit to the full 6 workshops for the best experience for everyone… Who knows, we might have a Gateway choir yet!

For who?  Open to Gateway Members and other peers living in Dublin South city (ask for more information if interested)... regardless of tuning or experience!

Book your place today through the Gateway Office on 01-4977005 or 085 7521220  or by reply email.  Places are on a first come, first served basis.

Happy singing!

Fionn & Gateway

Thursday, 29 September 2016

HSE - Peer Support Worker positions now available!

Howdy all,

The HSE are now recruiting for full time, part-time and fixed contract Peer Support Worker positions countrywide!

Are you interested?

Please clink on the link below to see the full details of recruitment requirements and application forms.

Best of luck with your applications!


John M.

Demand 24/7 mental health services in Budget 2017

Howdy all,

We’ve got an email here from Director of Mental Health Reform Dr. Shari McDaid that we’d like to send on to you.

It concerns Budget 2017, and we’re looking for people all over to Demand 24/7 mental health services from their local TDs.

Who knows – if we all make enough noise about it, there’s a chance we’ll be listened to!

Dr. McDaid’s email follows below – she explains it much better than me 

Cheers folks, All the best!

John M. and Gateway.

Dear Member,

Why are we still waiting for 24/7 community mental health services to be available in Ireland? Why are we still waiting when everybody knows that mental health emergencies do not only occur between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

Contact your TD and demand 24/7 mental health services in Budget 2017.

People who are in severe mental distress should have quick and easy access to services as soon as they need them. Instead, many people are forced to go and wait, sometimes for hours, in busy hospital emergency departments. Can you imagine what that’s like?

The time for waiting is up.

In Budget 2017, Mental Health Reform is calling on the Government to deliver 24/7 mental health services in every community in Ireland. This isn’t just urgently needed, it is demanded by people who use mental health services and family members across the country.

You can demand change too, by contacting your local TD. 
Please take the time, if you can, to ask for an appointment to see your TD personally, or if not speak with them by phone. You can also email or write to them. Explain to them, in human terms, why delivering funds for a 24/7 service specifically is so important.

Click here for your local TD’s contact information.

You can read our full pre-budget submission here

Thank you,


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Interested in community work/development qualification?

Hello all,

Anyone interested in gaining a community development qualification?  Free level 5 course coming up through the Dublin South City Partnership (will take place in John Bosco centre in D12 on Wednesday and Friday mornings).

There is an info session coming up on October 5th - see poster attached or info on facebook here: 

This is not a Gateway course but one which might interest you or other members so feel free to pass along to others.

If interested, please contact Claudia in Dublin South City Partnership on 01-4732196 to find out more details.

Best wishes,

Monday, 26 September 2016

New D12 Drop in Opens Tuesday 27th September at 10am

Gateway Project has been working with other community organisations over the past two years through a collaborative group called the D12 Community Mental Health Forum to advance positive mental health across Dublin 12.  During this time the Forum has conducted research to identify the needs in Dublin 12.  One of the emerging needs was for information provision on mental health, community services and for a designated space for community members to drop into.
The D12 Well Connected initiative has emerged as a result of the Forum's ongoing collaboration and opens its drop in doors tomorrow, Tuesday 27th September 2016 at 10am at 101 Cashel Road, Crumlin. We wish the initiative and its volunteers much success!
For more information on D12 Well Connected and the community drop ins see the poster below and/or call Mairead on 085 7679750.
For more information on the D12 Community Mental Health Forum, see or email

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

First Fortnight Table Quiz - Thursday October 6th 2016

Howdy All!

Those lovely folks over at First Fortnight will be hosting their annual fundraising  Table Quiz on Thursday 6th October 2016 at 8.00pm at the dTwo Bar and venue, Harcourt Street.

Doors open at 7:30pm and costs €50 for a table of four.

Click here for further details:

All the best,

John M.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Positions Available - Service User, Family and Carers Engagement.

Dear Gateway Members & Supporters,

Exciting news just in!  We’ve been informed that the HSE’s Mental Health Division is recruiting for 9 new posts for area lead positions in Service User, Family and Carers Engagement. These are important opportunities for peers and family members - we encourage you to take a look and let others know.

“The successful applicant will be a part of the mental health management team in one of the regional Community Health Organisations around the country and will be expected to lead, and provide guidance on, the development of partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders in a challenging and changing environment.” 

Please see the Application Form and Job Specification below, or click on the link for full details from ActiveLink’s website:

All the best,

John M.

Job Spec HSE Area Lead of Service User Family Carer

HSE Application Form Area Lead of Service Userfamilycarer

Monday, 5 September 2016

Newsletter and Monthly Schedule - September 2016

Howdy all,

Apologies for the slight delay – here is our newsletter and schedule for September!

Enjoy Folks.

All the best,

John M.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Certificate Program: Mental Health in the Community 2016 -2017

Howdy all!

Applications are now open for the Certificate Program:  Mental Health in the Community 2016 -2017 being run by Mental Health Ireland in collaboration with University College Cork (UCC).

Full details of the course can be found here:

And you can apply online here:

For any other queries, please contact Course Co-Ordinator Brenda Healy at

Please Note: The closing date for applications is 23rd September 2016. As places are limited, shortlisting may apply. Mental Health Ireland provide a financial Bursary to applicants who meet their criteria. Information about the Bursary and instructions on how to apply will be available on our website from next week. If successful, applicants will be entitled of up to 50% of student fees. Students seeking consideration for a Bursary will need to have their course application completed in advance of submitting an application to them.  

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Newsletter and monthly Schedule - August 2016

Howdy All,

Apologies for the slight delay - here is our newsletter and schedule for August!

All the best,

John M.

Gateway Newsletter August 2016 Final

August 2016

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

FREE Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Courses with Aware

Howdy All,

Please click this link below to view details of Aware's FREE Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Courses:

Everything you need to know is right there - I hope it of some interest to you!

Here's a little bit of information directly from Aware's website...

"A little more about Life Skills Online

Life Skills Online is based on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). CBT is a therapy that focuses on thinking and behaviour and has been shown to be an effective treatment for mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety.

When a person experiences depression or is facing challenging life situations they may think and behave in unhelpful ways. CBT helps the person to make practical changes in these areas, which can help improve how they feel and also reduce some of the symptoms associated with depression, stress or anxiety.

Life skills online is a partnership between Aware and SilverCloud health. SilverCloud health evolved out of the Technology Enhanced Therapy (TET) project, a three year translational research project undertaken jointly by the National Digital Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin and Parents Plus, Mater University Hospital in Ireland. Prior to this, the project underwent seven years of direct academic research at Trinity College Dublin."

All the best,

John M.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Commitment to address housing needs of people with mental health difficulties welcome

Hello All!

We received this communication from Mental Health Reform regarding the Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness in relation to people with mental health difficulties.

Please see the document below - an interesting read.

MHR : MHR Email re housing plan.pdfEmail Re Housing Plan

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Fancy going fishing on Friday 29th July....?

Hi Guys,

Our fantastic Community Gardai Brendan and Gerry have organised a fishing trip for members for Friday the 29th July. Please see the poster below for all you need to know, and sign up as soon as you can if you are interested!

All the best,

John M.

Gone Fishin by Gateway Project on Scribd

Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Helen McEntee is visiting Gateway!

Hello Gateway Members!

I hope this post finds you well. I have exciting news – the brand new Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee, will be coming to visit us in Gateway next Thursday the 28th of July!

This visit isn’t happening by accident – members decided they wanted to invite her at the members’ meeting in June. Wasting no time, a group of members drafted a letter and sent it off to the minister. 

Following this Fionn and myself (Ali) made a couple of follow-on calls to the minister’s office at the request of members. Oliver D and I also introduced ourselves to the minister at the recent Mental Health Reform AGM (Annual General Meeting), and she said she would be delighted to accept our invitation.

So now we have a date set, and we are really delighted as it feels that the new minister is genuinely interested in Gateway and in learning about us. 

If you have the time to come in a bit early on the 28th and help set the place up for the visit that would be great – let us know if you can. Or if you want to be involved in the planning for the day – nothing too hectic, we’ll keep it informal – get in touch. (Contact details below my signature.) Otherwise it’d be great to see you all here for the visit itself – 2pm on Thursday the 28th of July. (Try to come a bit before that if you can.)

See you soon!

Ali Rochford
Gateway Development Worker

Gateway Mental Health Association
Unit 1, 2 Parker Hill, Rathmines, Dublin 6
Ali’s Mobile: 085 8776002
Gateway Mobile:  085 7521220  /  Office: 01 4977 005

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Gateway Newsletter and Schedule - July 2016

Howdy all! :)

We're on the ball this month - here is the schedule and newsletter for July 2016.


John M.

Gateway Newsletter July 2016 by Gateway Project

July 2016

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Mental Health & Wellbeing Summit - 14th October 2016

Howdy folks,

Margo from Arás Folláin passed this along to us today in case it would be of any interest to you...

For further information, please see the attache flyer below or click this link to visit their website:

Cheers folks!

John M.

General Flyer by Gateway Project

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Solstice Wellbeing Day 20th June.

The summer solstice takes place on Monday 20th June and this year Mental Health Ireland will be celebrating our Solstice Wellbeing Day in the grounds of Dublin City University (DCU). The solstice is a time of reflection and renewal and at Mental Health Ireland we want to celebrate this time by making our own Solstice Intentions for the year ahead.

The national event will take place at The Labyrinth in DCU at 7pm. Sr Stan from The Sanctuary will read a passage to open the ceremony and we will have some live music on site too. The Labyrinth Meditation will take place at 7.20pm guided by Louise McDermott from DCU. We will be giving Solstice Intention cards out at the event which people can fill in their own time.

All are welcome to attend and please check in with your local MHA : click HERE to find out more, as many of our members are organising their own ceremonies in communities throughout Ireland.

Some more information is available from Mental Health Ireland's Website too.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Gateway Newsletter and Schedule, June 2016

Howdy folks,

Apologies for the delay – I’ve been on leave but an now back in action J

Here is the Gateway newsletter and schedule for June 2016.

All the best,

John M.

Gateway Newsletter June 2016 FINAL

June 2016

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Gateway is recruiting a Development Worker...

Gateway is delighted to announce that we are recruiting for a Development Worker through our host organisation Mental Health Ireland. Please see activelink and Mental Health Ireland’s websites for details on the role and how to apply and help us to spread the word.

For those intending to apply, see details below and here:

Note that applications by CV and cover letter are to be submitted to our host organisation Mental Health Ireland by email to:  Tel: 01-2841166

For any informal enquiries, please contact myself in the meantime and for more information on Gateway check out our blog.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 8th June and please note that interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place on Wednesday 22nd June 2016.

Good luck to any applying and best wishes to all,

Fionn & Gateway

Fionn Fitzpatrick
Project Co-ordinator
Gateway Mental Health Association
Unit 1, 2 Parker Hill, Rathmines, Dublin 6
Gateway Mobile: 085 752 1220 
Gateway Office: 01 4977005

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

See Change Green Ribbon At Gateway

Howdy all!

This year's Green Ribbon Campaign is well underway...have you got yours yet???

A message from See Change...

Let’s get talking about mental health this May. Support the Green Ribbon campaign.

See Change, the National Stigma Reduction Partnership has launched the fourth annual Green Ribbon Campaign, to promote open discussion of mental health during May 2016.

Throughout May, hundreds of local and national events will take place as part of the Green Ribbon national calendar.  This social movement to encourage a national conversation about mental health is led by 90 partner organisations, hundreds of volunteers and an unprecedented 70 campaign ambassadors with real-life experience of mental health problems ready to share their own stories to help others and end stigma.

Pick up your Green Ribbon at one of the various community events on the national Green Ribbon calendar and at major Irish Rail stations nationwide.

Take part in National Time to Talk Day on Friday May 20th by simply making the time and space for a conversation about mental health with family, friends and colleagues. Join the conversation online at #TimetoTalk

Here’s our top tip for starting that conversation: You don’t have to be an expert to start talking about mental health or have all the answers. Sometimes the most helpful thing you can do is to let someone know that you are there for them and simply listen.

We often hear that we need to talk more about mental health and the simple and free Green Ribbon provides a practical way of turning that into action. The 500,000 people who will be wearing Green Ribbons this May will not only be showing their support for the campaign but also leaving the door open for conversation. For someone who might be going through a tough time, just knowing that they don’t have to avoid the subject with you can make all the difference.

Are you ready to start your conversation?

Green Ribbon by Gateway Project

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Newsletter and Schedule - May 2016

Howdy all!

Sorry about the delay, but here is the Monthly Schedule and Newsletter for May 2016.

All the best folks, Enjoy!

John M.

Gateway Newsletter May 2016 by Gateway Project

May 2016 by Gateway Project

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

See Change Green Ribbon Campaign 2016

Howdy all,

The See Change Green Ribbon Campaign 2016 has begun!

There are plenty of Green Ribbons available here in Gateway, please feel free to collect one!

Green Ribbon by Gateway Project

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

National Demonstration for Mental Health - Thursday, April, 28th, 2016.

Howdy folks,

The message below this one came from Dr. Shari McDaid, Director of Mental Health Reform.

Did you know that our government is planning to divert €12 Million in funding away from the Mental Health budget???

Having worked for just over a year in Gateway, I know that we’re  not going to take that lying down!!!!

Drop-in tomorrow will be open, but will be operating on a skeleton crew because the rest of the team will be at the protest – would you like to join them?

This protest will take place Tomorrow, Thursday 28th April  from 12:30pm outside the Kildare Street entrance to Dáil Eireann. Volunteers are also needed from 12 noon to help prepare placards etc.

Please let us know if you would like to join us!

Let’s make our voices heard! Loud and proud! This is not OK!

All the best folks,

John M.

You have probably heard reports that €12 million is being diverted from the mental health budget to other areas of the health service.

This is NOT OK. We need to send a strong message that mental health must be a priority for the next government. 

Join the Union of Students in Ireland and Mental Health Reform for a demonstration on Thursday April 28th at 12.30pm, outside Dáil Eireann (Kildare Street Entrance), in Dublin.

If you can't make it to Kildare St, you can still gather locally to show your support and share your event photos on social media. Take a selfie or organise a group photo with your colleagues, friends, fellow students etc. Make sure to use the hashtag #IAmAReason in your post.
Register your interest here. 

Hope to see you there, 

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Smashing Times Theatre - Free Performance

Howday all,

Those lovely people at Smashing Times Theatre are staging another free performance.

These performances are all adapted from the experiences of those who have experienced a mental health problem and will be followed by a panel discussion.

Please see the attached flyer for details!

All the best,

John M.

Smashing Times

Temporary Short-Term Peer Research Position

Howdy all!

Please see below for details on the temporary peer research position which is going to be hired for shortly.

Closing date for applications is Monday 25th April at 5pm!

There will be an info session about the position in Drop-In tomorrow, Thursday 21st at 4:30pm.

All the Best,

John M.

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