Better Being: Promoting Well-being within Communities

Respond! Mental Health Conference

Rochestown Park hotel, Cork, Thursday October 25th 2012

Opened by: JOHN BUTTIMER, Lord Mayor of Cork

Cost (including Lunch) – before 12thOctober €45 and €60 thereafter

In 2008, Respond! and Dr Kieran McKeown undertook a survey of Respond! households to determine the level of well-being among mothers and children. The findings of this study into the well-being of mothers and children and the Slán Report (2007) have major significance for health and social policy in this country if they are extrapolated across the whole social housing sector.

Respond! is committed to highlighting the prevalence of mental health illness amongst low income families. This one day Conference on the subject of Better Being and Mental Health in Cork on Thursday, 25th October 2012 brings together leading mental health practitioners including Dr. Jim White from Glasgow, Professor Margaret Barry from NUIG and many others.  Respond! does not have all the answers: but we have the willingness to respond to new ways of competent community intervention towards ‘Better Being’ for all. Do come and join us at this thought provoking and forward thinking event in Cork on the 25th October 2012.

To book please visit or call 0818 357901

Conference outline:

9.00am Registration

9.15 Conference Opening:

Speaker: John Buttimer, Lord Mayor of Cork

9.30 Incidence of Mental Health Breakdown among Low-income Families

• Respond! study

Dr Kieran McKeown, Consultant

• Slán Study, 2007

Prof. Margaret Barry, NUIG

• Extrapolation across Social Housing Sector

Fr Pat Cogan, Respond!

11.15 Tea/Coffee

11.30 Respond! Waterford Shadow Puppet Theatre Group performance of “Loneliness”

11.45 New Ways of Responding to Mental Illness in the Community - The Stepped Care Model of Mental Health Delivery

Dr Jim White, NHS Glasgow

Mental Health and Building Resilience

Ted Tierney, Mental Health Ireland

Headstrong and Jigsaw-Community

Services and Support

Dr Joseph Duffy, HEADSTRONG

1.00 Lunch

1.45 New Ways of Responding to Mental Illness in the Community Continued: A Selection of key projects/best practice in Cork including:

• Irish Advocacy Network

• Critical Voices Cork (UCC)

• West Cork Mental Health Services

• Others to be confirmed

3.00 Conclusion