Keynote Speaker: Alan Quinlan

A dedicated and committed former rugby international, Alan played professional rugby and became Munster’s most capped player with a total of 212 appearances before his recent retirement in May 2011. A native of Tipperary town, he began his career with Clanwilliam FC where his magnificent performances saw him make the move to Shannon, in turn representing Munster at provincial level. Alan can also boast the great honour of representing his country, Ireland, at International level.

Alan has spoken openly about his experiences with anxiety and is also a regular ambassador for Young Mental Health Ireland, helping raise awareness by sharing his previous experiences.

Host: Alison O'Connor

Alison O'Connor is a journalist and broadcaster. Her work as a political columnist involves regular commentary on current affairs on radio and television. She has a weekly column in The Irish Examiner.

The forum heard from two panels of experts in mental health service provision.

Panel 1

‘A Vision for Change’: How service provision changed following the Vision, what should follow? And how can we refresh the Vision?

Dr Tony Bates, Jigsaw Youth Mental Health Service
Dr. Shari McDaid, Director of Mental Health Reform
Ms. Anne O'Connor, HSE National Director, Mental Health
Dr. Philip Dodd, HSE National Clinical Advisor and Clinical Group Lead (Mental Health)

Panel 2

How can we promote positive mental health in society and the workplace, what works?

Mr. Ciaran McLoone: Founder of Connect Mental Health
Mr. Donal Scanlan: Project Manager for Mental Health First Aid Ireland
Ms. Cindy O’Connor: Chief Clinical Officer at Pieta House
Mr. Richard Butler: Bord Gáis Energy