Mental Health Engagement and Recovery Office

Michael Ryan was appointed as the National Head of Mental Health Engagement and Recovery in March 2019. Michael brings his own lived experience of mental health challenges and now enjoys a full life in recovery.

Michael has a strong track record in recovery practice and innovation having worked as an Advocate, and as a Peer Support Worker, before being appointed as Director of Advancing Recovery in Ireland.  His most recent role prior to taking up this appointment was as a Service Improvement Lead with the HSE where he worked on a number of innovative projects including being the lead author on the ‘Framework for Recovery in mental Health 2018 – 2020’.

Michael is married to Angela and has one son. He lives on the shores of Clew Bay near Westport in County Mayo.

The Mental Health Engagement and Recovery Office

The purpose of the Mental Health Engagement and Recovery Office is to support the Head in developing and driving core service improvement programmes to support the development of Recovery Oriented Services.

  1. Recovery innovation
  2. Stakeholder Engagement
  3. Service Reform Fund

The office of Mental Health Engagement and Recovery seeks to ensure that the voice of the service user, Family member and Carer inform the design delivery and evaluation of services through:

  • Developing structures, systems and mechanisms to incorporate Service User, Family Member and Carer experience in service development and improvement in partnership with key stakeholders
  • Empowering Service Users, their families and carers in their own recovery.
  • Promoting partnership between all stakeholders to enable practices which deliver better recovery outcomes
  • Continuing to develop structures and programmes to make recovery education accessible to all.
  • Continuing to identify and promote national and international best practice and innovation in recovery and engagement.
  • communicating effectively with all stakeholders

Our Team

  • Michael Ryan (Head of MH Engagement and Recovery and member of the National Mental Health service, Senior Operations Team)
  • Catherine O’Grady (National Engagement and Recovery Lead)
  • Michael Norton (National Engagement and Recovery Lead)
  • John Mc Cusker (Business Manager Mental Health Engagement and Recovery)
  • Aisling Duffy (National communication and Development officer Mental Health Engagement and Recovery)
  • Michaela Meenaghan (Admin Support)
  • Debbie Murphy (Admin Support)

Our contact details are:

Mental Health Engagement & Recovery
Mental Health Services
St. Loman’s Hospital | Palmerstown | Dublin  | D20 HK69
Ph: 01 620 7303 or 087 2865346 or

Area Leads for Mental Health Engagement

Area Leads for Mental Health Engagement, 1.1

Pictured are the Area Leads for Mental Health Engagement: back row (from left to right) Margaret Duggan, Aoife Boland, Charles Searson, Catherina Brady, Paul Fallon and Patrick Nwaokorie. Front row (from left to right) Colette Tuohy, Rory Doody and Duana McArdle.

The Head is also supported by local Area Leads, each of whom are members of the Community Healthcare Organisation (CH0) Area Mental Health Management Team. In line with A Vision for Change the purpose of these posts are to consult and present the views of service users, family members and carers through engagement and partnership and to influence decision making at Area Management level. The Area Leads implement the development of structures that allow for the involvement of service users, family members and carers in the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of mental health services.

CHO Area Area Lead Email Address
1 Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan Patrick Nwaokorie

087 3512009

2 Galway, Mayo, Roscommon Maria McGoldrick

087 4148743

3 Limerick, Clare, North Tipperary Aoife Boland

087 1492986

4 Cork, Kerry Rory Doody

087 3502640

5 Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary Paul Fallon

086 4182003

6 South-East Dublin, Dún Laoghaire, East Wicklow Charles Searson

087 0955704

086 4605631

7. Kildare/West Wicklow, Dublin West, Dublin South City, Dublin South West Liz Brosnan


8 Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Louth, Meath Duana McArdle

087 3761552

9 Dublin North, Dublin North Central, Dublin North West David Doran

087 380 0739

This page was last updated 11th May 2020