Coalition Conversations hosted by Mental Health Reform

Coalition Conversations hosted by Mental Health Reform

The Coalition Conversations was hosted by Mental Health Reform held on 8th December 2022 in the Wood Quay Venue, Dublin.

The aim of the event was to celebrate the work of the mental health sector in 2022. Discussions centred around three themes:

  • Housing and Mental Health – the case for change, moderated by Rory Hearne, Assistant Professor of Social Policy, NUIMaynooth
  • Protecting the Mental Health of Future Generations, moderated by Berni Smyth, CEO of KDYS
  • Responsive Mental Health in an era of Global Displacement, moderated by Roisin Clarke, interim CEO of Mental Health Reform.

Guest speakers who engaged in the discussion on the future of youth mental health which was moderated by Berni Smyth, CEO of KDYS were Dr Niall Muldoon – the Ombudsman for Children, John Keogh – CEO of the ISPCC, Bernie Keogh – Executive Director of Lust for Life and Niamh Fennell – Youth Ambassador with Jigsaw.

This insightful discussion examined learning gained during the pandemic, the need to ensure that mental health services for young people are age-appropriate and coordinated and panellists shared the view that services need to fit young people not the other way around.

Panellists also spoke about the value of safe spaces for young people to meet and early intervention and prevention for young people including teaching young people to recognise and communicate about their emotions from a young age.




Youth Information Event

Youth Information Event

A big thank you to all the Schools, Youthreach, NLN, Resilience & LCA groups for attending the KDYS Youth Information Annual event in KDYS Tralee on the 7th December.

KDYS Youth Information is a free confidential information service for young people aged 12-25 years and covers the areas of employment, education, health and wellbeing, rights and entitlements, sports, travel, leisure and European opportunities.

KDYS Youth Information is available across County Kerry with the main KDYS Youth Information hubs in KDYS Tralee and KDYS Killarney.

KDYS Youth information hosted a Youth Information event for young people in KDYS Tralee on 7th December 10am-1:20pm and are hosting the event again in KDYS Killarney on the 15th December 10am-3pm.   Both events will be followed by a networking event for those engaging or working with young people, in Tralee from 2-3pm and Killarney 3-4pm.

This event is to provide young people with information and highlight resources which are available to them.   To inform young people about the different opportunities they have within County Kerry and to give service providers and agencies an opportunity to continue to build strong interagency links and develop new connections.

The following groups/organisations have participated on the 7th and will be participating on the 15th:

  • KDYS Youth Information,
  • KDYS Youth Clubs,
  • KDYS Human Resources
  • Jigsaw Kerry,
  • EURES,
  • Eimear, Irish Student studying in Europe
  • Kerry Recreation & Sports Partnership
  • Kerry Comhairle na nÓg
  • Kerry County Council Arts
  • HSE – DASH – Drugs, Alcohol, Sexual Health
  • KETB – Kerry College of Further Education,
  • National Learning Network,
  • KETB – Music Generation Kerry,
  • An Garda Síochána,
  • Apricity: A Wellbeing Initiative. Sharon Roache
  • Tara O’Donoghue Photography
  • Animal Roadshow