Founder's Day 2021 | Mental Health, Human Rights and the Law

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Join St Patrick's Mental Health Services (SPMHS) at its annual Founder's Day conference to explore mental health, human rights and the law.

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Every year, SPMHS holds the Founder's Day conference to recognise and continue the legacy of our founder, Jonathan Swift, a pioneer in mental healthcare.

This year’s Founder’s Day conference is a half-day event starting at 9.15am and will explore the theme of Mental Health, Human Rights and the Law. It will focus on national mental health legislation and related developments, and the broader human rights context.

What topics will be discussed at the conference?

Topics that the conference will address include:

  • the proposed reform of the Mental Health Act 2001 and its significance for service providers, healthcare professionals, service users, their families and supporters, and other key stakeholders
  • progress on the implementation of the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act and its relevance to the rights of people experiencing mental health difficulties
  • understanding the role and importance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) from a mental health perspective.

The conference aims to share expert knowledge in these areas by bringing together varied perspectives, such as:

  • legal and academic expertise
  • mental healthcare professionals
  • service user and carer representatives
  • regulatory and advocacy bodies.

Who will be speaking at the conference?

We are delighted to announce that Mary Butler TD, Minister for Mental Health and Older People, will deliver an address at the conference. Our keynote speaker will be Gareth Owen, Reader in Mental Health, Ethics and Law, King’s College London/Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the South London Maudsley NHS Foundation. We will also be joined by:

Any additional speakers will be announced ahead of the event.

Will this event be recognised for Continuing Professional Development?

Founder's Day holds an important space in the Irish Continual Professional Development (CPD) calendar, with CPD recognition available from the Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (IACP); the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP); the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI); and the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland (CPI). The CPD points available will be confirmed shortly.

How can I attend?

This event is free to attend, and is taking place online through Zoom.

Registration is essential. A link to join the online event will be sent to everyone who registers ahead of its scheduled time.

For more information, please email or call +353 1 249 3540.

You can learn more about our founder Jonathan Swift on our YouTube channel, and look back at last year’s conference on our website.

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St Patrick's Mental Health Services is Ireland's largest independent, not-for-profit mental health service provider. Our vision is to see a society where all citizens are empowered and given the opportunity to live mentally healthy lives. We aspire to provide the highest quality mental healthcare, promote mental health, and advocate for the rights of those who experience mental health difficulties. 

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