From Policy to Practice: Strengthening our response to promote, protect and restore mental health

November 9, Aviva Stadium, Dublin

The 2nd National Mental Health Summit

November 9, Aviva Stadium, Dublin
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Mental ill health accounts for almost 20% of the burden of disease in the WHO European Region and mental health problems affect one in four people at some time in life. Indeed, six out of the 20 countries with the highest suicide rates in the world are in the European Region.

Mental health is everyone’s business. It affects both the lives of people living with mental health problems and the productivity of society as a whole. In many Western countries, mental disorders are the leading cause of disability, responsible for 30-40% of chronic sick leave and costing some 3% of GDP.*

Much is now known about what works in mental health promotion, prevention, care and treatment. But, the challenge now is to implement this knowledge. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit comparison study of mental health and integration in 30 European countries, Ireland has an above-average ranking with our biggest strength being very advanced policy development, but, our implementation record of this policy is poor.

Faced with constant policy implementation challenges, speeding up delivery of Ireland’s vision for its mental healthcare is one of the main issues we’ll be exploring at the Sunday Business Post’s 2nd annual Mental Health Summit. In addition, we’ll look at the new 10 year healthcare strategy (and what it means for mental health services), moving care into the community setting and the effective use of digital technologies in mental health.

More information

  • The big picture: A 10-year policy and strategy – are we entering a new era for Ireland’s healthcare?
  • Effective ways of investing in mental health
  • How can we increase the speed of policy implementation? Is mental healthcare realistically moving forward?
  • What works?: New models of mental health in primary care
  • Keeping young minds healthy: Tackling mental health in the obvious place – schools
  • Using technology to transform mental healthcare: We hear from a global digital exemplar on its innovative use of technology to care for people who use mental health services
  • Apps, digital technologies and e-mental health: What’s the evidence and where are the opportunities?
  • How to ensure mental health apps are clinically sound and socially responsible

Attendees will be decision-makers in the development and provision of mental healthcare services including:


  • The public and voluntary sectors
  • Policy-makers and influencers
  • GPs
  • Other stakeholders in mental health provision

Previous attendees have come from:


Mental Health Ireland, Dublin North City Mental Health Services, Galway Roscommon Mental Health Services, Waterford/Wexford Mental Health Services, Office for the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director, Cork South Mental Health Services, Louth/Meath Mental Health Services, Health and Wellbeing Division, Kerry Mental Health Services, Sligo Leitrum Mental Health Services, Donegal Mental Health Services, Jigsaw, Lundbeck Ireland, Janssen Ireland, VHI Healthcare, MyMind, Pieta House, Cognitive Behavoural Psychotherapy (Ireland), St. Patrick’s Mental Health Service, St. Vincents Hospital, PwC, Genio, GROW in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, Servisource Healthcare, UCC, Mental Health Reform, Lifewise, Allied Admissions, Special Interest Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Bloomfield Health Services, Communicare Healthcare, Pharmacy First Plus Support Office, National College of Ireland, Rehab Group, Tallaght Hospital(AMNCH), Sanofi and many more…


Our leading speakers include:

Dr. Victoria Betton

Director, mHabitat, UK

John Saunders

CEO, Shine

Róisín Shortall

TD and Co-Leader, Social Democrats

Dr. John Hillery

President, College of Psychiatrists of Ireland

Stephany Carolan

Founder and Director, WorkGuru and Researcher, University of Sussex, UK

Dr. Harry Barry

GP and Author

Anne O’Connor

National Director, Mental Health Division, Health Service Executive

Krystian Fikert

Founder and CEO, MyMind


Read below to see what some of our past attendees have to say about us:

Claire Latimer

HSE Mental Health

Delighted to be here. Learned a lot and got some good ideas.

Dr. Joe McDonagh

ITT Dublin

Very good. Great speakers, good material and well delivered. Extremely well-chosen speakers.

Maria Gunning


Excellent co-ordination, presentations, presenters and networking opportunity. Well done to the organisers.

Martina Gibbons

Adjunct Associate Professor, TCD

Very good, well done.

Our Tickets and Pricing

Single tickets and multi-ticket bundles available

Summit Ticket

1 – 3 Tickets


Must End November 6

(Late booker price €350)



Per ticket

Multi-Ticket Bundle A

4 tickets for the price of 3


Must End November 6

(Late booker price €262.50)



Per ticket

Multi-Ticket Bundle B

6 tickets for the price of 4


Must End November 6

(Late booker price €233.33)



Per ticket

Our Sponsors

Our valued partners for this event:

Gold Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor


For Sponsorship Opportunities Contact

Wayne Leitch

Head of Sponsorship Sales/ Conferences and Events

Mob: +353 86 8575144


Contact Us

This summit is organised by The Sunday Business Post and our events partner iQuest. If you have any questions, requests, or require assistance with your booking, please feel free to contact me:

Jackie Bryan
Conference Facilitator
Tel: (+353) 87 055 7913

The Venue

The AVIVA Stadium, Dublin

The AVIVA Stadium

Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4

Location: The conference takes place in the Vavasour Suite which is located on Level Two. Entrance to the Aviva is via the main Aviva reception on Landsdowne Road (Entrance A) and you can take the lift to Level 2.

Parking: Parking is available in the main Aviva car park on Lansdowne Road. The rate is €2 per hour or €10 per day.

DART: The Lansdowne Road DART Station is directly across from the Aviva.

GPS coordinates 53.337141, -6.243663

Tel: + 353 1 238 2388


Eircode: D04 K5F9

AVIVA Stadium