Our Mission

Supporting People Affected By Mental Ill Health

Shine is the national organisation dedicated to campaigning for the rights and empowerment of all people affected by mental ill health. We deliver recovery-focused supports to people with mental ill health and their families.


Regional Development Offices

Our Regional Development Offices provide information, advice and support to people experiencing mental ill health and to their families and carers.

Resource centres and Waterford Discovery Hub

Our centres in Dublin, Cork and Waterford provide information, support and educational and training opportunities for people experiencing mental ill health.

Support Groups & Family Initiatives

We run support groups for people with mental health problems. Our Phrenz groups are for people with self-experience. We run separate groups for relatives and carers.

Email Support

If you are in distress or seeking information you can contact Shine at any time for confidential support at phil@shineonline.ie.


Our trained counsellors can help to address the more serious challenges faced by people with mental health problems.

See Change and Headline

Shine coordinates See Change, the national mental health stigma reduction partnership and Headline, the national media monitoring programme for mental health and suicide.

About Mental Health

What is Mental Health?

Mental health is more than just the absence of mental illness. Mental health means having a general sense of well-being and being able to reach your potential. It means you can cope with life’s normal stresses, work productively, and participate in community life.


Mental health recovery is a process of healing and transformation that allows you to live a full and meaningful life. How this happens is unique for everyone. Some things that can aid recovery include access to the right supports, information and education about mental health.

In the News

FRIENDS project activities in the Midwest

By Kate Morgan on Monday, September 5th, 2016

Family recovery is all about improving our quality of life while dealing with the reality of it.  At different stages we need different things from support, to rest, to education.  FRIENDS, a project in the Mid-West is facilitating and hosting a number of events for family members affected by a person who experiences mental ill […]

A Growing Sense of Community

By Kate Morgan on Friday, August 5th, 2016

Written by Ciara Hudson They say “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing”.  Luckily for us however, mountains of it can be found out amongst the vegetable and flower beds of the Ballybeg Community Development Project.  Within an hour of arriving out to Shine Discovery’s new allotment plot, tools and tips were being shared with […]

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