By January 9, 2020 Read More →

“Journeys – What I Know Now” – Cairde at First Fortnight Mental Health Arts Festival 2020

A morning of trans-cultural healing events, creativity, understanding and integration of well-being.

Friday, January 10th, 9.15am-1pm,

DCU, School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health, Glasnevin Campus, Dublin 9; room HG22.

Registration is between 9.15 and 9.50 with the event starting at 10.00 am in room HG22.

  • 10.00 – 10.05 Welcome Liam MacGabhann Chair of the Dublin North, North Recovery College
  • 10.05 – 10.30 Launch Book and Music by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
  • 10.30 –10.40 Readings from the book10.40 – 10.50 Performance from Hidden Treehouse (formally known as Song Creative Collective)
    • Transcultural Dialogue: A dialogue about how culturally relevant processes contribute towards mental well being in various community groups 10.50 – 11.35 Facilitated by Liam MacGabhann Panel: Caroline Munyi (AKidWa), Emilia Marchelewska (Cairde), Paula Kilbride (What I know now writing group), Rowena Watters (Song Creative Collective) and Patrick O’Reilly (Pavee Point).
    • AKidWa – Song 11.35 – 11.40
    • 11.40 – 11.55 “YANA – You are not alone” AKiDwA
    • 11.55 – 12.10 Chris O’Donnell – performing a song written to reflect the transition to homelessness

    12.10 – 12.45 Moving to Workshops

    o The River of life – AKiDwA, room HG10

    o Grub Box, Pavee Point, room HG18

    o Poetry Workshop – Silver Thread, room HG17

    o Storycase of how migrants’ life journeys translate into design, fashion arts and crafts – Cairdre. HG19 (Artists from the Hen House & Balbriggan Women Development Group, Cairde’s clients)

    • 12.50 – 1.00 – Community Rhythm
  • There is a full canteen should you wish to purchase any refreshments.


  1. Storycase of how migrants’ life journeys translate into design, fashion arts and crafts – Cairde.

The workshop will be facilitated by Aleksandra and Anna from the Hen House.

Artists are members of the Hen House, Balbriggan Women Development Group and migrant community members Cairde engages with to boost wellbeing and support their mental health.

You will get a chance to experience a mindful practice of arts and crafts making. We will try to inspire you by showing what we have created from fabric, recycled materials and by upcycling things. During the workshop we will try to incorporate themes that reflect your unique life journey, it’s ups and downs and what you’ve learnt along the way, what makes You-You.

  1. River of Life – Akidwa

The River of Life is facilitated by Caroline Munyi and will demonstrate how AKidWa are able to talk about mental health sensitively with migrants through the use of this tool, the River.

 3. Poetry Workshop – Silver Thread

The 10 minute poem facilitated by Cathy Fowley and Carmel Conroy. In this short workshop every participant will be able to create and share a poem, concentrating on the rhythm of poetry.

4. Unpacking Traveller Mental Health- Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre

This workshop is facilitated by Patrick Reilly and Gearldine McDonnell

 Existing evidence demonstrates that Travellers experience a higher burden of ill mental health than non-Travellers and frequently experience difficulties in obtaining access to mental health services. Additionally, Travellers experience a 6 times higher suicide rate, accounting for approximately 11% of all Traveller deaths (AITHS, 2010).

This breakout session will provide a participatory workshop to explore inequalities that Travellers experience in accessing mental health services and supports. This session will include an interactive art piece called ‘Unpacking Traveller Mental Health’ which are ten grub boxes (traditional Traveller food storage boxes) and will be used to highlight mental health stressors that can present for Travellers.

Three workshop attendees will be asked to participate in a short social determinants mental health activity to assist with further unravelling and exploring how the social determinants can impact on mental health for Travellers.

This activity will highlight the impact of racism and discrimination as well as other inequalities on mental health for Travellers and facilitate a discussion with the wider group of workshop attendees on this.

Posted in: Do you know that...

Comments are closed.