Women’s Mental Health Network
The National Women’s Council (NWC) and St Patrick’s Mental Health Service (SPMHS) have come together to develop a Women’s Mental Health Network (WMHN). This is a network of people and organisations with a committed interest in women’s mental health issues.
The network has two aims:
- To provide a forum for information-sharing and networking
- To advance interdisciplinary and multi-agency collaboration on women’s mental health issues
To do this we share information via newsletters and online updates and organise education and networking events hosted collaboratively by SPMHS and NWC.
How do I become a member of the network?
If you would like to sign up to the network it is totally free and you will be kept up to date on future events we run and take part in information sharing. Joining is easy, here's what you need to do:
- Read the network's Key Principles, Terms of Reference in the sign up form
- Fill in the sign up form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can withdraw your membership at any time in the same way.
The network was launched at a special event on November 6th 2018, which also saw the launch of the NWC report – ‘Out of Silence – women’s mental health in their own words’, presented on the day by co-authors Dr Cliona Loughnane and Jenny Liston. Dr Clodagh Dowling, principal psychologist at SPMHS gave a keynote presentation on ‘Listening to women’s experiences’, and broadcaster Louise McSharry moderated a panel discussion which included Missy Collins of Pavee Point and Aoife Price of the Union of Students of Ireland.
To find out when our next event will take place, please sign up to our mailing list by becoming a member of the Network.
Watch recordings of past events here:
Women’s Mental Health Resources
- Report, Out of Silence - women’s mental health in their own words – National Women’s Council of Ireland, supported by the HSE. In 2017/8, NWC undertook a programme of conversations with groups of women across the country, centring women’s understanding of mental health – the things that keep women well, the social and community networks that support them and the services they turn to in times of difficulty.
- Digital Campaign, Women's inequality should come with a mental health warning - National Women’s Council of Ireland, supported by the HSE, ran a three day digital campaign to hightlight how inequalities that women experience can affect their mental health.
- The Irish Times Women’s Podcast ‘Women’s Mental Health: Out of Silence’ featuring Louise O’Leary, SPMHS and Orla O’Connor, NWC.
- Conference - Strengthening Responses: Domestic Violence and Women's Mental Health – St Patrick’s Mental Health Services
- Podcast – Imposter Syndrome to Role Burden: Women’s mental health in focus – featuring Dr Cliona Loughnane, NWC, Louise O’Leary, SPMHS, and writer and podcaster, Sophie White, recorded as part of Walk in My Shoes FM at St Patrick’s University Hospital