Women’s Mental Health Network
The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) 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 NWCI.
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 email@example.com
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 NWCI 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.
For the final Women’s Mental Health Network event of 2020 we would like to offer the Network and those working on the frontlines the opportunity to reflect and restore. The last Network webinar of 2020 'Exploring Compassion and Restoration' will take place on Zoom on Friday, 4th December, 10.00-11.30. We are delighted to have Dr Katie Baird joining us who will present on Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Compassionate Mind Training (CMT). Click here to register on Eventbrite.
WMHN events so far:
- The second WMHN event took place on the 10th May 2019 and was on perinatal mental health.
- The third WMHN event was on Trauma Informed Care and took place on 13th of September 2019.
- The fourth WMHN event coincided with a NWCI members and friends meeting on Friday 29th November 2019. This event entitled 'Gender Based Violence and Women's Mental Health' was organised in support of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign.
- EVENT POSTPONED: The WMHN event due to take place on 27th March 2020 was postponed in order to support the containment of the Coronavirus and in the interest of public health. A future date will be announced in due course. The event is on Migration, Mental Health and Resilience: Women’s Experiences of Migration and Seeking Asylum.
- The fifth WMHN event took place on Friday, 12 June, entitled Unpacking the Impacts: COVID19 and Women's Mental Health. The webinar explored the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women’s mental health in Ireland, from different perspectives.
- The sixth WMHN webinar will take place on December 4th entitled 'Exploring Compassion and Restoration'. We are delighted to have Dr Katie Baird joining us who will present on Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Compassionate Mind Training (CMT). Dr Baird will offer a variety of ways to think from a compassionate perspective and practices to cultivate compassion in our personal and professional lives.
Details of upcoming network events will appear here as they arise.
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, NWCI 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, NWCI.
- 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, NWCI, 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