Aideen Barry – Visual Artist

richard-wardenRichard Warden – Scottish Mental Health Art and Film Festival
Richard Warden produced three half-hour dramas before attending the Canadian Film Centre. After overseeing two Toronto-based features, he executive produced 12 shorts, managed international co-production event Strategic Partners, and produced his third feature in Nova Scotia. Richard now makes documentaries and dramas out of Glasgow. He serves as Film Curator for the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, and as Film Lead for the Mental Health Foundation in the UK.


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liz-brosnanLiz Brosnan – Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway
Liz Brosnan has been active in user-led research and in the national survivor/service-user movement in Ireland over 15 years. Her latest research examined the power dynamics and inherent tensions for service-users, service-providers and national activists in involvement practices and policies of Irish mental health services. She is currently a research associate with the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, at NUIGalway, working primarily on the VOICES project. This research aims to bring the stories of people denied legal capacity to the fore of law reform efforts by pairing individuals sharing their narratives with legal and social science scholars to co-produce responses that challenge existing laws, including mental health laws, that routinely deprive people of the right to make their own decisions. 


mary-donnellyProf. Mary Donnelly – Faculty of Law, University College Cork
Mary Donnelly is a Professor of Law in University College Cork and researches in health/capacity law. Her books include Healthcare Decision-making and the Law: Autonomy, Capacity and the Limits of Liberalism (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and she is joint editor of Legal and Ethical Debates in Irish Healthcare: Confronting Complexities (Manchester University Press, 2016). 




Mental Health Reform Picture Conor McCabe PhotographyDr Shari McDaid – Director of Mental Health Reform
Dr Shari McDaid was appointed Director of Mental Health Reform, the national coalition advocating for reform of the mental health system, in October 2013. She is the Chairperson of the Children’s Mental Health Coalition and a member of the Healthy Ireland Council. In July 2016 she was appointed to the National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health by the Minister with responsibility for mental health Minister Helen McEntee. Shari joined Mental Health Reform as Policy Officer in 2011. Prior to that, Shari worked with Amnesty International Ireland from 2008 to 2011 as Policy Officer on its mental health campaign. She was previously Policy Officer at the National Disability Authority and Policy and Administration Manager at Shine. Shari received her PhD in 2008 from the Equality Studies Centre at UCD, with a thesis entitled Power, Empowerment and User Involvement in the Public Mental Health Services in Ireland. Shari co-edited with Prof. Agnes Higgins the text Mental Health in Ireland: Policy, practice and law, published in 2014 by Gill and Macmillan. 


john-saundersJohn Saunders – Chair, Mental Health Commission and Director, Shine
John Saunders has been the CEO of Shine since 2001. As CEO he is specifically responsible for the development of accurate public awareness of mental ill health and highlighting the issues and concerns of people and their caring families. He was a member of the Expert Group established in 2003, to review and update mental health service policy resulting in A Vision for Change. He was also a member of the NESF Working group on Mental Health and Social inclusion. He is a member of the Board of Directors of EUFAMI (A European organisation of Voluntary mental health associations representing Families) and Mental Health Reform.  In June 2009 he was appointed as Chair of the 2nd Independent Monitoring Group to oversee and reportt on the implementation of Vision of Change policy. John was a member of the 2nd Mental Health Commission and is Chair of the current Commission. John is also the Director of See Change, the National Stigma Reduction Partnership. See Change is Ireland’s national programme working to change minds about mental health problems in Ireland. John has qualifications in nursing, a degree in Economics and a diploma in Public Administration. 

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head-shotVickie Kirkpatrick – Senior Speech and Language Therapist, Cope Foundation

Vickie Kirkpatrick is a Senior SLT with Cope Foundation in Cork. As a Canadian trained Speech-Language Pathologist, she graduated with a Clinical Masters from the University of British Colombia, in Vancouver. She worked in Canada and New Zealand prior to joining the SLT department in Cope Foundation in 2003. She has over 20 years of clinical experience in working with children and adults with communication difficulties as well as their families. Her clinical interests include: preschool language, bilingualism, intellectual disability as well as Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is currently a member of both the diagnostic and intervention multi-disciplinary teams for the North Lee ASD service with Cope Foundation. 


stuart-neilsonStuart Neilson
Stuart Neilson lectures and writes about the autism spectrum and helped developed the Diploma in Autism Studies at University College Cork, incorporating his personal perspective as a client. He was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in 2009, at the age of 45. His favourite topics are the history of the autism diagnosis and the portrayal of autism in books and films. He has a degree in computer science and a doctorate in mathematical modelling of inherent susceptibility to fatal disease. Stuart Neilson’s most recent books include Living with Asperger syndrome and autism in Ireland, Painted Lorries of Pakistan and MND Essentials: Your Fifty Key Questions Answered.


Richard Warden – Scottish Mental Health Art and Film Festival  

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