Tullamore to host first meeting of new mental health group

THE Irish Network of Critical Voices in Mental Health, a recently formed network of service users, survivors, family members, academics and practitioners will host its first national meeting in Tullamore on Saturday April 9 at the Tullamore GAA Centre from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

THE Irish Network of Critical Voices in Mental Health, a recently formed network of service users, survivors, family members, academics and practitioners will host its first national meeting in Tullamore on Saturday April 9 at the Tullamore GAA Centre from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

The program is organised around a series of round table discussions to be followed by a plenary session that will focus on creative approaches around the setting up of residential crisis and recovery facilities and critical perspectives in mental health care. Some of the main topics to be covered will also include overuse of medication, forced ‘treatment’ issues and capacity legislation.

The network is made up of a number of national campaigning and advocacy groups, as well individuals from the world of academia, practice and service users. Organisers of the Tullamore event hope to find common ground and identify priorities on relevant issues, with the intention that networking groups will be set up to undertake work in specific areas.

Doug Ross, one of the co-organisers of the event said “Tullamore is the first meeting of the Critical Voices Network and while we will only get so much done in a day we’re on the move, we hope that events like Saturday’s may give us space to work well. Our hope is to work with enough patience and sensitivity to become a real beacon for the future and build our foundations well making tangible work our priority”.

The Network has an active Facebook page, and an equally active email discussion list. To subscribe to this list send a blank message to criticalvoices-subscribe@working4recovery.com

If you would like to attend the meeting, please register your attendance with Lydia Sapouna at l.sapouna@ucc.ie or at 021 490 3495 or through Irish Network of Critical Voices in Mental Health at criticalvoices@working4recovery.com or http://www.facebook.com/#!/home.php?sk=group_134596593263062.