A Lust for Life has brought together some of the best and brightest minds in Ireland’s mental health sector to ask: why is our mental health system so dysfunctional? Who is responsible for fixing it? And what can we, collectively, do to create long-term, systemic change?
Award-winning mental health charity A Lust for Life aims to achieve their vision of supporting, inspiring and empowering people to take care of their minds by changing the societal norms around mental health in Ireland. Co-founded in 2015 by Niall Breslin (Bressie), today launch a new six-part podcast series, Where There’s A Will, about our mental health system, which attempts to answer these questions and more.
The introductory episode will debut on Monday 12th November, with the rest premiering every Thursday starting Thursday 15th November and running over six weeks. The podcast series is co-hosted by Paula McLoughlin, Chair and Acting CEO of A Lust for Life, and produced and co-hosted by Editor of A Lust for Life Ciara O’Connor Walsh.
The podcast tackles the problems in the mental health system, covering stories of individuals failing to receive they help need and systemic challenges with policy and infrastructure from those on the coal face. Guests include Professor John Hillery (President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists), Joan Freeman, Brian Higgins (CEO of Pieta House), Professor Peter Kinderman (University of Liverpool), Dominic Layden (CEO of Aware), Dr Ciara Kelly (Broadcast Journalist), John Saunders (Chair of the Mental Health Commission), Dr Eddie Murphy (Clinical Psychologist), Martin Rogan (CEO of Mental Health Ireland), and more; as well as eight people who share their personal experience of using the mental health services, stigma, barriers to care, and what ‘good’ could and should look like.
“We made this podcast series because we at A Lust for Life fundamentally believe that the solutions are out there, that collectively we can influence our political leaders to drive towards a mental health system that truly serves our beautiful island. It is a privilege to bring together so many smart, articulate and informed people to share their perspectives on mental health in Ireland. This podcast provides a ‘state of the nation’ on the mental health system as it is today – and, more importantly, provides a road-map for a better future”, says Chairperson and Acting CEO, Paula McLoughlin.
Revive Active passionately believe in A Lust for Life understanding the importance of mental health and are proud sponsors of this podcast series. Daithí O’Connor, Founder & MD of Revive Active says:
“At Revive Active we promote health, exercise and well-being therefore our partnership with Lust for Life is a natural one. Mental health is very prevalent in today's society and if we as a company help one person by supporting the production of this podcast it will have been a success.”
The series will culminate in a live podcast episode recorded as part of the First Fortnight Festival in January, and will form part of a longer term advocacy campaign that A Lust for Life are driving around political accountability in mental health.