9 episodes

A Lust for Life Presents Where There’s A Will, a podcast about the mental health system in Ireland. In this six part series, we ask why our mental health system is so dysfunctional, who is responsible for making change happen, and how we can collectively respond, join the dots, and make things better for all of us.
If you or someone you know needs immediate help or is in crisis, phone the free Pieta House 24-hour suicide helpline on 1800 247 247. Or, text HELP to 51444. If you just need to talk, you can also contact The Samaritans, Aware, or your local GP.
This podcast is kindly supported by Revive Active.

Where There’s A Will A Lust For Life

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A Lust for Life Presents Where There’s A Will, a podcast about the mental health system in Ireland. In this six part series, we ask why our mental health system is so dysfunctional, who is responsible for making change happen, and how we can collectively respond, join the dots, and make things better for all of us.
If you or someone you know needs immediate help or is in crisis, phone the free Pieta House 24-hour suicide helpline on 1800 247 247. Or, text HELP to 51444. If you just need to talk, you can also contact The Samaritans, Aware, or your local GP.
This podcast is kindly supported by Revive Active.

    9: BONUS: Where There's A Will Live @ First Fortnight

    9: BONUS: Where There's A Will Live @ First Fortnight

    This live panel discussion is the final, live bonus episode of this podcast series. This event is an interactive dialogue on the mental health system in Ireland facilitated by A Lust for Life - tackling stigma, shame, and structural problems in the Irish Mental Health system.

    The panel discussion tackles the themes arising from the podcast series, and more, and is Chaired by podcast co-host Paula McLoughlin.

    The event also features live music from Lee O’Brien from the band Winterking. 

    Panellists are:

    • Niall Breslin, Co-Founder, A Lust for Life

    • Dr Eddie Murphy, Clinical Psychologist

    • Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children

    • Dr Miriam Kennedy, Irish College of Psychiatrists

    • Shari McDaid, Mental Health Reform

    • Emilia Marchelewska, Cairde

    Credits:

    Artwork: Natalie Keville

    Music: Larry Goldings: Radio Music Vol. 1, Migrant song

    Producer: Ciara O’Connor Walsh 

    This podcast is kindly supported by Revive Active, a range of life enhancing supplements that have been scientifically developed by a dedicated and passionate team of experts.

     https://reviveactive.com/

    And this podcast was recorded live with thanks to Jack Power from Camden Recording Studios.

    • 2 hr 37 min
    8: Episode 6: The Future is Unwritten

    8: Episode 6: The Future is Unwritten

    Every system is built on an invisible foundation, supported by invisible scaffolding, which is our cultural understanding of mental health. If our system isn’t fit for purpose, what culture, what beliefs are shoring up this system?

    In this final episode in the six-part series of Where There’s a Will, we will try and shine a light on some of the philosophical underpinnings of our system as it stands. Because there’s a battleground – and some very different worldviews – clamouring to shape what our mental health systems globally will look like in the future.

    In this episode, we speak to Professor Peter Kinderman, of the University of Liverpool; Dr Pat Bracken, psychiatrist; and Dr Terry Lynch, GP and psychotherapist; about their vision for the future of our mental health models. We also speak to Nikki, who got help for her depression through the private sector, and paints a picture of a service which puts people at the centre.

    Credits:

    Artwork: Natalie Keville

    Music: Larry Goldings: Radio Music Vol. 1, Migrant song

    Melodium: The Island, Lacrymae

    John Hopkins: Insides, The Low Places

    Melodium: My Mind is Falling to Pieces, A Sort of Happy Melancholy

    Larry Goldings: Radio Music Vol. 1, Circus Haze

    Larry Goldings: Radio Music Vol. 1, Don’t Vibe Me

    Producer: Ciara O’Connor Walsh

    This podcast is kindly supported by Revive Active, a range of life enhancing supplements that have been scientifically developed by a dedicated and passionate team of experts.

     https://reviveactive.com/

    And this podcast was recorded in Camden Recording Studios, with thanks to Jack Power.

    • 48 min
    7: Episode 5: If You Tolerate This

    7: Episode 5: If You Tolerate This

    Children are the most precious and vulnerable members of our society. They are a blank slate – they come into the world with no hang ups, preconceptions, fears or worries. We teach them all that.

    But more and more, our children are finding it hard to cope. Childhood, this precious, carefree time is becoming a tougher ground to navigate. For some it is time full of worries, stresses and fear.

    In this episode, we speak to Niall Muldoon, the Ombudsman for Children, Paul Gilligan, CEO of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, and Dominic Laydon, CEO of Aware. We also speak to two mothers, Samantha and Frances, whose children have been in the mental health system, and hear the challenges they faced in getting their children the help they needed.

    Credits:

    Artwork: Natalie Keville

    Music: Larry Goldings: Radio Music Vol. 1, Migrant song

    Rockabye Baby: Lullaby Renditions of the Smashing Pumpkins, Today

    Moby: Long Ambients

    Melodium: The Island, Lacrymae

    Flim: Given You Nothing, Hell

    Moby: Hotel Ambient, Lilly

    Larry Goldings: Radio Music Vol. 1, Circus Haze

    Larry Goldings: Radio Music Vol. 1, Don’t Vibe Me

    Producer: Ciara O’Connor Walsh

    This podcast is kindly supported by Revive Active, a range of life enhancing supplements that have been scientifically developed by a dedicated and passionate team of experts.

     https://reviveactive.com/

    And this podcast was recorded in Camden Recording Studios, with thanks to Jack Power.

    • 58 min
    6: Episode 4: Stigma

    6: Episode 4: Stigma

    This episode turns the lens on ourselves: because while the mental health system needs to be fixed, we have to look at our role in that as a society. 

    We need to ask ourselves: do we have an epidemic of mental health problems in Ireland? How do we contribute to poor mental health through stigma, and through creating policies and planning for a society that doesn’t put people at the centre? And we need to ask, how do we collectively build communities and systems that catch people when they fall?

    In this episode, we speak to Brian Higgins, CEO of Pieta House, Shari McDaid, CEO of Mental Health Reform, Dominic Laydon, CEO of Aware; and Leon tells his personal story of facing stigma within and outside of the system.

    Credits:

    Artwork: Natalie Keville

    Music: Larry Goldings: Radio Music Vol. 1, Migrant song

    Moby: Long Ambients

    Moby: Hotel Ambient, The Come Down

    Moby: Hotel Ambient, Spaired Long

    Alison Leyton-Brown: Music from This American Life, my shadow

    Producer: Ciara O’Connor Walsh

    This podcast is kindly supported by Revive Active, a range of life enhancing supplements that have been scientifically developed by a dedicated and passionate team of experts.

     https://reviveactive.com/

    And this podcast was recorded in Camden Recording Studios, with thanks to Jack Power.

    • 50 min
    5: Episode 3: Waiting On The World To Change

    5: Episode 3: Waiting On The World To Change

    In this episode, we look at Irish mental health policy. We dive into its details and untangle its logic. We’ll examine our mental health system’s architectural drawings – the political drivers behind it, where it has fallen down, and what is needed now, in 2018, to create a new roadmap for Ireland’s mental health.
    In this episode, we speak to Martin Rogan, CEO of Mental Health Ireland, John Saunders, CEO of Shine and Chair of the Mental Health Commission, Shari McDaid, CEO of Mental Health Reform, Dr John Hillery, President of the Irish College of Psychiatrists, Senator Joan Freeman, and Gary talks about becoming a mental health advocate after seeing the system from the inside.
    Credits:
    Artwork: Natalie Keville
    Music: Larry Goldings: Radio Music Vol. 1, Circus Haze
    Alison Leyton-Brown: Music from This American Life, Solitary
    Moby: Long Ambients
    Melodium: My Mind is Falling to Pieces, A Sort of Happy Melancholy
    Melodium: The Island, Lacrymae
    Producer: Ciara O’Connor Walsh
    This podcast is kindly supported by Revive Active, a range of life enhancing supplements that have been scientifically developed by a dedicated and passionate team of experts.
     https://reviveactive.com/
    And this podcast was recorded in Camden Recording Studios, with thanks to Jack Power.

    • 53 min
    4: Episode 2: System Of A Down

    4: Episode 2: System Of A Down

    In this episode, we pull back the curtain and see the inner workings of our mental health system, its origins and legacies. We’ll learn what happened when Ireland moved to close our old asylum system and create something new. And we’ll look at what we are left with now: the problems, the waiting lists and the logjams, and ask, is this fixable? And if so, how?
    In this episode, we speak to Martin Rogan, CEO of Mental Health Ireland, John Saunders, CEO of Shine and Chair of the Mental Health Commission, Dr Eddie Murphy, Clinical Psychologist, Dr John Hillery, President of the Irish College of Psychiatrists, and finally, Lisa shares her experiences being bounced in and out of the system over a number of years.
    **Credits:**
    Artwork: Natalie Keville
    Music: Larry Goldings: Radio Music Vol. 1, Migrant Song
    Moby: Long Ambients
    Alison Leyton-Brown: Music from This American Life, Solitary
    Flim, Given You Nothing
    Alison Leyton-Brown: Music from This American Life, My Shadow
    Larry Goldings: Radio Music Vol. 1, Undercurrent
    Larry Goldings: Radio Music Vol. 1, Don’t Vibe Me
    Producer: Ciara O’Connor Walsh
    This podcast is kindly supported by [Revive Active](https://reviveactive.com/), a range of life enhancing supplements that have been scientifically developed by a dedicated and passionate team of experts.
    And this podcast was recorded in Camden Recording Studios, with thanks to Jack Power.

    • 59 min

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