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:

  1. Read the network's Key Principles
  2. Read the network's Terms of Reference
  3. Fill in the sign up form and email it to maryh@nwci.ie

You can withdraw your membership at any time in the same way.

Network events

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. 

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 next WMHN event due to take place on 27th March 2020 has been 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

Details of upcoming network events will appear here as they arise.

Women’s Mental Health Resources