Coalition Conversations

Coalition Conversations connects with experts across the mental health sector and facilitates discussions on important topics during this unprecedented time.

The aim of this webinar series is to provide a space to explore the impacts of COVID-19 on the mental health sector and the new context we now find ourselves in.

Further information about each episode is below including links to play back the episode at any time.

“The European Context: Impact of COVID-19 on the mental health sector”

Guest speakers from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Mental Health Europe look at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and service delivery across Europe.

“The Irish Context: Impact of COVID-19 on the mental health sector”

Our expert guests will explore the implications of COVID-19 on Irish mental health services and supports. This episode features contributions from Mental Health Ireland, the HSE, and the Department of Health.

“The Community Context: Learnings from Samaritans Ireland”

As we are confronted with COVID-19 and what are worrying times, the support provided by the community and voluntary sector has never been more important. We are joined by Samaritans Ireland and Ulster University to hear about their experience during COVID-19.

“Youth Mental Health: Changes During COVID-19”

COVID-19 and public health measures have brought about huge changes to the way we live. While necessary, these measures have had a significant effect on young people, their lives and their mental health. During this episode, we will hear from Jigsaw and SpunOut about their experience supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

The Social Context: Psychosocial and Educational Supports

As we continue to be confronted with COVID-19 and the uncertainty it presents, people’s mental health and wellbeing are likely to be impacted. While the full psychological impact of the crisis is yet unknown, measures and supports are in place to respond to and alleviate these effects. We will be joined by expert speakers from the HSE COVID-19 Psychosocial Response Group and ARIES Midwest.

Date: 16th July 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
*Note: due to a technical issue, this webinar is not available on playback.*

The Employment Context: Mental Health Initiatives in Ireland

In Ireland, people with mental health difficulties have the highest rate of unemployment of any other disability group. This is despite the importance of employment for people with mental health difficulties being well recognised within policies and among stakeholders. While some progress has been made in recent years, commitments are now needed if this is to be sustained. This webinar will offer an overview of some of the initiatives within Ireland that seek to support people with mental health difficulties in to employment.

Date: 23rd July 2020
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

The Gender Context: Women’s Mental Health Impact

While COVID-19 has been challenging for many, how we are impacted will vary from person to person. Recent studies have indicated that the current crisis has had a significant effect on the mental health and wellbeing of women in Ireland. A survey conducted by the National Women’s Council of Ireland found that 55% of women had “less time than usual” to look after their mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19.

Date: 30th July 2020
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

The Policy Context: Sharing the Vision

In June we saw the publication of Ireland’s new mental health policy ‘Sharing the Vision: A Mental Health Policy for Everyone.’ This policy is a ten-year plan to improve Ireland’s mental health systems and is hugely relevant to addressing the mental health impacts of COVID-19.

Date: 6th August 2020
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM



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