The Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD, hosted a Forum on Mental Health in Dublin Castle on 19 September 2017.

At the forum, TDs and Senators heard the views of those with experience of mental health services in Ireland. The forum was based on engagement and informing debate, with the emphasis on Members listening to people's experiences.


You can download your copy of the event programme here. Inside you will find more information on the work of the Forum, the areas for discussion on the day and the list of expert panellists.

ceann comhairle forum

Sean Ó Fearghaíl

Ceann Comhairle's welcome

Welcome to the Forum on Mental Health webpage. The forum will provide an opportunity for Members of Dáil and Seanad Éireann to listen to the experiences of those working in the delivery of vital services in the many areas of mental health support in Ireland and also those who use the services.

Members of the forum

Dr. Tony Bates, Jigsaw Youth Mental Health Service

Dr. Shari McDaid, Director of Mental Health Reform

Ms Anne O'Connor, HSE National Director, Mental Health

Dr. Philip Dodd, HSE National Clinical Advisor and Clinical Group Lead (Mental Health)

Mr. Ciaran McLoone, Founder of Connect Mental Health

Mr. Donal Scanlan, Project Manager for Mental Health First Aid Ireland

Ms. Cindy O’Connor, Chief Clinical Officer at Pieta House

Mr. Richard Butler, Bord Gáis Energy

Further information

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