Caidreamh-Engage, December 2017


Welcome to the Christmas edition of Caidreamh, the Enewsletter for, and about, Mental Health Engagement.

In this issue, we bring you an update from National Director, Anne O’Connor, as well as some words from President of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, Dr John Hillery on partnership in the mental health services. We have an update on events coming down the line and some great Christmas survival tips to protect your mental health which were recently featured in the the

You can find out more about the recently launched Recovery Framework as well as some wonderful insights into the work of Peer Support Workers. We have a call for any budding singers in the Limerick area to join the Chimers' choir and one of our Area Leads, Catherina Brady, details the value of Art Therapy . There is also a piece on the showcase event INvolve! which highlighted Mental Health Engagement in the Louth/Meath area.

We hope you enjoy all of the content in this issue and, as always, we look forward to your feedback and comments. On behalf of Mental Health Engagement, we would like to wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas, and an engaging and recovery focussed New Year.

Some Books Worth Reading


  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (Penguin Books 2017). This is so-called young adult fiction but is worth reading by anyone as it gives a very personal perspective on the mental health difficulty that is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
  • Mental Health in Ireland: The Complete Guide for Patients, Families, Health Care Professionals and Everyone Who Wants to be Well by Brendan Kelly (Liffey Press, 2017). This is the first comprehensive Irish guide of its nature to be published.
  • A Manual for Heartache by Cathy Rentzenbrink (Picador, 2017). A BBC2 Book Club Choice. This is a survival guide for hard times. A book that aims to shine a chink of light into a dark day and reminds us that we are not alone.

A Timely Thought

Pic25Heard mentioned recently at a gathering of service users/families that we should talk about mind health and not mental health. Now there’s an interesting thought not least as mental health can sometimes be seen as stigmatising.

We hope you enjoyed our bumper Christmas issue and we would like to take the opportunity again to wish you all Nollaig Shona agus Athbhlian Faoi Mhaise.