Mental Health (Winter 2012)

The first Funding round – which took place in autumn 2012 – was under the theme of mental health. A total of 16 project proposals were received. Awards totalling €39,000 were made to nine successful applicants from all strands of media. Successful applicants include:

David Ralph: Mental Health and the Military

David Ralph’s project explored the effects Lariam, the anti malaria drug given to Irish soldiers on service abroad, had on their mental health. The Irish Examiner, 30.01.2014

Joe Humphreys: The Prison Trap

The Prison Trap is a series of articles by Joe Humphreys, which were published in the Irish Times over three days in September. The series questions why so many people with psychiatric problems are in our jails, and what happens

Irena Cvektovic: Trauma, Tears and Hope

Radio producer Irena Cvetkovic’s project investigated mental health issues among asylum seekers in Athlone and around Ireland. The documentary examined why it is that asylum seekers suffer higher rates of anxiety and depressive disorders than any other section of society

Sara Burke

Health policy analyst Sara Burke investigated the state of adult mental health services in Ireland. Her project was broadcast on RTÉ Radio One’s Drivetime over three days in July. Part One scrutinizes the government’s mental health policy, Part Two examines the

Carl O’Brien: After the Asylum

After the Asylum, a project by journalist Carl O’Brien and photographer Bryan O’Brien, documents the lives of three psychiatric patients living in the community. The project also investigates the government’s mental health policy, ‘A Vision for Change’, and was published

Christina Finn

Christina’s work on the Mental Health Act was published by  in a series of articles over three days in July 2013. The first article examined proposed changes to the 2001 Mental Health Act and included an interview with Minister of State

Tom Mooney: The Children of Operation Hyphen

The Children of Operation was published over three successive weeks in May 2013 in the Wexford Echo. The work focuses on the legacy of Operation Hyphen, an initiative by the Irish Government a decade ago in which 140 ‘illegal’ immigrants were detained and 15 deported. The project also looks at the state of mental health in Direct Provision Centres. All articles are available to read in PDF below.