College Theme 2012

College Theme 2012: Out of sight, out of mind? Homelessness and Mental Health

The College of Psychiatrists has many commitments in training, professional competence and public awareness. A considerable amount of work is achieved annually through its faculties and committees. The College Council has chosen to focus some of that work on a particular theme within mental health services. For 2012, that theme was Homelessness and Mental Illness.

Homelessness, the College Theme for 2012 was launched at the College of Psychiatrist’s AGM on Friday, 27th January, 2012. Speaking at the College‚Äôs AGM, Dr Joanne Fenton, a Consultant Psychiatrist who works with homeless people, said the true prevalence of mental health problems in the homeless population is unknown but that estimates show that up to one in four homeless people can have severe mental health issues.

Homeless people find it difficult to access the health and social care they need and facebarriers, such as lack of finances, lack of understanding of state entitlements and stigma, inhaving their needs met.
Press release available for download: Out of sight, out of mind? Homelessness and Mental Health

Homelessness and Mental Health Theme 2012: Latest Activities
January 27th, 2012 College launch theme: Out of sight, out of mind? Homelessness & Mental Health
Full Position Paper: Specialist Mental Health Services for Homeless People
Summary Position Paper: Specialist Mental Health Services for Homeless People
12th October, 2012 Homelessness and Mental Illness: What can be done?
One day conference marking World Mental Week 2012
Clarion Hotel, Dublin 1.
View list of speakers here
13th March, 2012 Spike Milligan Public Speaking Competition
Queen’s University, Belfast win for the third time
Read press release here

 

Post 2012 Useful Resources
26th June, 2014 Peter McVerry Trust Annual Report 2013