Rounding off 2019 with another successful Social Care in CAMHS SIG annual conference

The Social Care in CAMHS SIG, in conjunction with Social Care Ireland, recently held our fourth annual conference. This took place in ChildVision Drumcondra in Dublin. The conference entitled “Mental Health – Beyond the Label” aimed to delve deeper into the topic of mental health and the labels we associate with it. We also hoped to inspire conversations and learning regarding the topic of early intervention. We were delighted to welcome practitioners and students from a wide variety of health and social care backgrounds.


Laura Behan and Sharon Donohoe, Social Care Leaders in the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), spoke about the topic of Autism the positive impact early recognition can have on young people’s mental health.



Aoife Dooley, a freelance illustrator, graphic designer, author and comedian from Dublin shared her experience of being diagnosed as Autistic at the age of 27 and how a diagnosis helped her to truly understand herself and overcome mental health difficulties.


Ken Kilbride, CEO of ADHD Ireland gave an overview of ADHD, the common issues associated and 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 a software developer who was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 26 shared her journey with ADHD and how, despite experiencing the numerous challenges of living with this diagnosis, she is managing to carve a successful career.


John Lonergan, former Governor of Mountjoy Prison, shared his experience of life in the prison service and the insights he gained into humanity and person centred practice over his vast career.

Just some of the incredibly positive feedback from the day

“Excellent and informative day”

“Good balance of professionals and people with lived experience”

“It has reminded me about the importance of looking beyond behaviour and the value of early intervention”

“Really enjoyed discussing and challenging of stereotypes”

“Very good mix of speakers, it would be useful if these conferences happened more often”

The Special Interest Group would like to sincerely thank the speakers for sharing their knowledge and experiences resulting in a truly engaging and inspiring day. We would also like to thank Social Care Ireland for their ongoing support, along with our Chairperson Fiona Murray and lead organiser Karen Mahon who were key to the success of the day. We look forward to getting started on plans for our 2020 conference and a promising year ahead and as always we hope to welcome new faces and ideas to the table. If you are interested in becoming involved or would like more information please click here

In the meantime we would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.



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