Our Mission

Supporting People Affected By Mental Ill Health

Shine is the national organisation dedicated to upholding the rights and addressing the needs of all those affected by mental ill health, through the promotion and provision of high quality services and working to ensure the continual enhancement of the quality of life of the people it serves.


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

Shine helps launch new FRIENDS Recovery Booklet with Deputy Willie O’Dea

By Kate Morgan on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

FRIENDS (Family Recovery Initiative by Engaging, Networking and Developing Supports) launched its new FRIENDS Recovery Booklet last Thursday 8th December with the help of Shine, local family members, Áras Folláin and the Mid-West HSE. The project was funded and supported by Pobail. The launch was attended by Deputy Willie O’Dea who presented certificates to nine family members who […]

The Alan Reid Fund

By Kate Morgan on Monday, December 12th, 2016

The next deadline for the Alan Reid fund is January 20th 2017. The purpose of the Alan Reid fund is to facilitate a person with a diagnosis of mental ill health to achieve some aim, which may be an educational, leisure or social activity and which may require a small amount of money to help […]

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