Mental Health, Mental Distress and Mental Illness
Mental Health, Mental Distress and Mental Illness Sub-Theme
The policy document' A Vision for Change' (Department of Health and Children, 2006), the blueprint for Irish mental health service development, recommends that services adopt a recovery perspective. In addition, a recovery-focused approach to the treatment and care of service users is one of the standards identified in the Quality Framework for Mental Health Services in Ireland (Mental Health Commission, 2007).This theme focuses on developing an evidence base on service users, family and carer experience of recovery journeys and on developing and evaluating recovery oriented and rights- based strategies for service users, families and practitioners in different health contexts.
Leader: Prof Agnes Higgins
List of active members: Prof Agnes Higgins, Prof Louise Doyle, Prof Brian Keogh, Prof Mark Monahan, Prof Jean Morrissey, Prof Caitriona Nic Philibin, Prof Michael Brennan, Prof Damian Brennan, Padraig McBennett, Prof Aileen Lynch, Prof Michael Nash. Prof Eddie McCann, Madeline Gleeson, Prof Jan de Vries, Dr John Dinsmore, Prof Rita Corry, Prof Kathleen Neenan
Name of current and past visiting professors: Prof Hugh McKenna (present) and Prof Patrick Callaghan (past)
Cross College and other collaborations
International: ENTER group (European Network for Training, Evaluation and Recovery in Mental Health). E-Menthe group (a European co-operation project to enhance Master's level education in mental health practice with eLearning materials)
National: Shine, GROW, See Change, Mental Health Commission, St Patrick’s University Hospital, Health Service Executive, GENIO, University College Galway, Cross College:, Department of Psychology, TCD
- An exploration of the experiences, concerns and needs of transgender indentified children and young people (2016). PI: Prof Agnes Higgins, Suzanne Walsh, Prof Louise Doyle, Dr Brian Keogh, Prof Imelda Coyne, Dr Eddie McCann. Funder: Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
- Young adults in the criminal justice system (2015/16). Michael Brennan, Prof Catherine Comiskey, Harry Kennedy, Damian Smith, Stephen Monks and Luke Quirke. Funder: Irish Prison Reform Trust.
- An evaluation of POWER (promoting our own wellness and promoting recovery): A peer prisoner mentoring progamme (2015). PI: Prof Louise Doyle, Dr Brian Keogh, Prof Agnes Higgins, Michael Brennan and Dr Jean MorriseyFunder: Suicide or Survive/National Office of Suicide Prevention.
- Bi Lives: An exploration of the lives and mental health needs of bisexual people living in the Republic of Ireland (2016). PI: Prof Agnes Higgins, Jean Morrisey, Prof Louise Doyle, Thelma Begley and Dr Brian Keogh
- Scoping project: Mental Health Nursing Graduate Entry Programme. (Commenced 2016). PI: Dr Mark Monahan, Prof Agnes Higgins, Jean Morrisey, Dr Michael Nash, Dr Jan de Vries, Prof Hugh McKenna and Dr Gemma Stacey. Funder: NMPDU.
- EOLAS: The development and evaluation of a peer and clinician-led educational programme for people enduring mental health problems and their families. PI: Prof Agnes Higgins, Pat Gibbons and Dr Mark Monahan. Funder: Genio and HSE.
- SMARTER: An exploration of mental health practice and policy in relation to recovery and positive risk taking. PI: Prof Agnes Higgins, Dr Jean Morrisey and Prof Louise Doyle. Funder: HSE.
- Mind Mothers: An exploration of perinatal mental health practices, policies, processes and education/training needs within maternity and primary care services. Prof Agnes Higgins, Margaret Carroll and Ailish Gill. Funder: NMPDU.
- Service User experiences of recovery and coming off psychotropic medication. PI: Prof Agnes Higgins and Mike Watts. Funder: HSE.
- Mapping the role of Peer-Led Community Services in promotion of recovery. PI: Prof Agnes Higgins and Rebecca Murphy. Funder: Mental Health Ireland and HSE.
- Scoping Nursing Education at Sunway University, Malaysia (2015). Dr Eddie McCann, Prof Catherine Comiskey, Dr Deirdre Daly, Padraig Dunne and Freda Neill. Funder: Sunway University, Malaysia.
- Evaluation of the Genio Dementia Programme (2014). Prof Anne-Marie Brady, Prof Geralyn Hynes, Dr Brian Keogh, Dr Louise Daly, Brendan Kennelly, Aurelia Ciblis and Mairead Bracken. Funder: Genio.
- A systematic review of resilience in older LGBT people. Prof Agnes Higgins, Dr Brian Keogh, Oscar James and Trish Hafford. Funder: Middlesex University.
- Improving the sexual health of people with severe mental health (2016). Prof Liz Hughes et al. Funder: National Institute of Health Research.
- A systematic review and meta-analysis of meaning of life in recovery from psychosis. Donal O'Keeffe, Prof Agnes Higgins and Dr Brian Keogh.
- Implementing Family Work Skills in Practice. Dr Eddie McCann and Freda Neill.
- Madness in the movies: Using cinema to explore mental health issues for practice. Dr Eddie McCann and Sylvia Huntley-Moore.
- The experiences and support needs of people with intellecual disabilities who identify as LGBT. Dr Eddie McCann and Prof Michael Brown.
- Impact of an online eating disorders education strategy on CAMHS nurses' knowledge, skills and attitudes: A pre/post evaluation of a module of study. Dr Jean Morrisey, Dr Mark Monahan, Prof Agnes Higgins, Tony O'Connor, Dr Kielty Oberlin, Harriet Parsons and Dr Sinead O'Dea.
- Homeless Mental Health Action Group. Dublin Simon Community, Michael Brennan (TCD), Derek Parker (Merchants Quay Ireland), Fiona O'Reilly (External Consultant), Joanne Fenton (HSE), Kate Mitchell (Mental Health Reform)
Current research students
- Siobhan Smyth, Mental Health Nurses and psychosocial interventions use. Supervisors: Dr Eddie McCann and Dr Jan de Vries
- Danika Sharek,The design, delivery and evaluation of an education programme for families of people who are transgender.Supervisors: Dr Eddie McCann and Sylvia Huntley-Moore with funding from Irish Research Council.
- Hugh Fulham-McQuillan, Measuring and modelling the association between the mental health of community dwelling older adults and levels of alcohol use: a mixed methods study. Supervisors: Prof Gabrielle McKee and Prof Louise Doyle
- Margaret Bourke, A narrative study of the experiences and needs of parents whose adolescent is engaging in repeated self-harm. Supervisors: Prof Agnes Higgins and Prof Louise Doyle
- Elaine Collins, An action research approach towards developing a recovery culture within a mental health organisation. Supervisors: Prof Agnes Higgins and Prof Geralyn Hynes
- Donal O'Keeffe, Meaning of life in recovery in first episode psychosis. Supervisors: Prof Agnes Higgins and Dr Brian Keogh
- Louise Rafferty, Perinatal Mental Health and Maternal Morbidity. Supervisors: Prof Agnes Higgins, Dr Deirdre Daly and Prof Cecily Begley
Open opportunities for MSc/PhD projects
There are opportunities for PhD projects in the following topics:1. Developing and evaluating recovery-orientated and rights-based strategies for service users, families and practicioners
- Social exclusion, Incarceration and Reintegration within Civic Society. Prof Damien Brennan
- Oral narratives of past Mental Hospital residents: A Historical Sociology. Prof Damien Brennan
- The capacity for care provision within contemporary Home/Domestic spaces in Ireland. Prof Damien Brennan
- Critical reflection and care erosion in hospitals. Prof Jan de Vries
- Professional dissonance: discrepancies between nursing education and clinical practice. Prof Jan de Vries
- Mental Health and Cognitive Dissonance. Prof Jan de Vries
- Stress and stress management. Prof Jan de Vries
- Depression: internal conflict, rumination and hopelessness. Prof Jan de Vries
- Mental Health, Self-Efficacy and Recovery. Prof Jan de Vries
- Exploring practices, policies and processes around risk and safety management within mental health nursing services (SMARTER Nursing Study) (2013-2016). Prof Agnes Higgins, Prof Louise Doyle, Dr Michael Nash, Michael Brennan, Dr Paul Costello and Jean Morrissey. Funder: HSE and NPMDU.
- Developing Master's Level e-learning material in Mental Health (eMenthe) (2013). Prof Agnes Higgins, Prof Louise Doyle and Dr Brian Keogh et al. Funder: EU lifelong learning programme/Erasmus Multilateral Networks.
- LGBT Ireland Mental Health Morbidities among LGBT people in Ireland. Prof Agnes Higgins, Prof Louise Doyle. Funder: National Office of Suicide Prevention (NOSP).
- Public attitudes towards LGBT people in Ireland. Prof Agnes Higgins and Prof Louise Doyle. Funder: National Office of Suicide Prevention (NOSP).
- Evaluation of Four Family-Focus Initiatives (GENIO). PI: Prof Agnes Higgins
- An evaluation of the Mental Health Recovery and WRAP Education programme. PI: Prof Agnes Higgins
- A Longitudinal Study examining the attitudes of student nurses towards mental illness. PI: Dr Brian Keogh
- Mental Health Service Users participation in the electoral process. PI: Prof Michael Nash
Completed research students
- Mark Monaghan (2013) The Meaning and Impact of Recovery, in a Mental Health Context, from the Perspectives of Service Users, Families and Mental Health Professionals. Prof Agnes Higgins and Jo Murphy Lawless
- Brian Keogh (2010) An exploration of the strategies used by people who have been discharged from psychiatric hospitals to aid recovery and prevent re-admission. Prof Agnes Higgins
- Rebecca Murphy, An exploration of African forced migrants' experiences of attending mental health care in Ireland. Supervisors: Prof Agnes Higgins and Dr Brian Keogh
- Jean Morrissey, Psychiatric nurses' responses to clients with suicidal behaviour: A grounded theory study. Principal Supervisor: Prof Agnes Higgins
- Teresa Tuohy, The experiences of mothering in women with enduring mental health problems: A feminist perspective. Supervisors: Prof Agnes Higgins and Dr Jo Murphy-Lawless
- Mike Watts, Recovery through peer support: A re-enchantment with life. Supervisors: Prof Agnes Higgins and Dr Brian Keogh
- Jane Clare, Mental health and social inclusion in the workplace. Principal Supervisor: Dr Damien Brennan
- Connor Kennedy, The impact of public perceptions upon the social support for persons with depression in the community. Principal Supervisor:Dr Eddie McCann