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“Mental Health – Beyond the Label”- Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference

November 7 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

€10 – €20


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“Mental Health – Beyond the Label”

This year’s conference is open to all Social Care Workers, students and Allied Health Professionals with an interest in mental health.   We were delighted to welcome practitioners and students from a wide variety of health and social care backgrounds last year which led to a wonderful enlightening day which we aim to replicate this year.

“Mental Health – Beyond the Label”

The conference aims to provide a better understanding of the importance of early diagnosis, intervention and recognising comorbid conditions and dual diagnoses.  To do this we will be delving into some of the more prevalent diagnosis and conditions which include Autism, ADHD, Substance Abuse and Criminality with presentations from highly experienced and skilled practitioners and those with lived experience.

Laura Behan and Sharon Donohoe work as Social Care Leaders in the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and both have over 14 years experience of working therapeutically with young people in various social care settings. They have a growing interest in the link between young people’s mental health difficulties and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Laura and Sharon will speak about the topic of Autism, particularly in young girls and the positive impact early recognition can have on young people’s mental health.

Aoife Dooley is a freelance illustrator, graphic designer, author and comedian from Coolock, Dublin. She studied in Colaiste Dhulaigh for 3 years before going on to achieve a first-class honours degree in Visual Communication where she studied at Dublin Institute of Technology. Before she left college she was featured in Counter Prints book – Icon.  Aoife is best known for her ‘Your One Nikita’           (formally known as Dublin Hun ) She published her first book ‘How to be massive’ October 2016 with Gill books and her second in 2017 ‘How to deal with poxes on a daily basis’. In 2018 she released the Your One Nikita animated tv series on the RTE Player.

Aoife openly shares her experiences of being diagnosed as Autistic at the age of 27, neurodiversity and how a diagnosis helped her to truly understand herself. She believes she would not have achieved what she has to date if she was neurotypical. Aoife has helped dozens of men and women to seek and receive a diagnosis over the last year. She was shortlisted in two categories for U magazines 30 under 30 awards 2018 for social contribution and Activism.

Ken Kilbride is CEO of ADHD Ireland and their mission is to make life better for people in Ireland living with ADHD. Ken has over 20 year’s experience in senior management positions in a wide range of both very large and very small not for profit organisations in Ireland.

ADHD while it affects 5% of the population (or one in 20), ADHD is still very much a misunderstood condition. ADHD, when identified and treated, is a very manageable condition, however, the rates for un-diagnosed ADHD in both children and adults is very high in Ireland. This presentation will give an overview of ADHD in Ireland, the common calls and issues we receive on our support line, the supports out there for families and individuals along with insights and perceptions from the lived experience of those with ADHD in Ireland today.

Rachel Clancy is a software developer diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at the age of 26. Rachel will share her journey of ADHD and how despite experiencing the numerous challenges of ADHD how she is managing to carve a successful career. Rachel was recently named one of Sky’s newest Women in Technology scholars, shortly after having completed a master’s degree in software development in the UK. Rachel has been developing an app ‘Get Closer’ which aims to teach young children about ADHD as well as helping to identify difficult emotions and how to cope with them

John Lonergan was Governor of Mountjoy Prison until his retirement in 2010. A native of Bansha, Co. Tipperary,  John entered the prison service in 1968 and in the years that followed, as he saw human nature at its worst – and often, unexpectedly, at its best. He developed a deep understanding both of human nature and of Irish society.

John is the author of The Governor, after 42 years in the service, 24 of them as the most senior prison officer in the country, John tells his fascinating life story  – from his idyllic childhood in rural Tipperary to coming face to face with the darkest aspects of Irish life, to grappling with the politics of working in a service that was the plaything of officials and politicians. His description of life in the prison service is not only a gripping account of humanity at its rawest, but is also invaluable for anyone in a management position anywhere.

Proposed Timetable 

9:30 – Registration
10:00 – Opening Address: SIG Chairperson Fiona Murray
10:15 – Laura Behan & Sharon Donohoe
10:35 – Aoife Dooley
Followed by Q&A
11:20 – Comfort break
11:40 – Ken Kilbride
12:25 – Rachel Clancy
Followed by Q&A
13:30 – Lunch
14:00 – John Lonergan


November 7
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
€10 – €20
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