Where There’s a Will: A new podcast tackling Ireland’s mental health system

By Mary Malone on Thursday, November 8th, 2018 in Featured, News.

A Lust for Life present: 

Where There’s a Will: A new podcast tackling Ireland’s mental health system


PRESS RELEASE – November 8, 2018

Ireland’s mental health system is failing us – something needs to change, and soon.

A Lust for Life has brought together some of the best and brightest minds in Ireland’s mental health sector to ask: why is our mental health system so dysfunctional? Who is responsible for fixing it? And what can we, collectively, do to create long-term, systemic change?

Award winning mental health charity A Lust for Life, co-founded in 2015 by Niall Breslin (Bressie), has today launched this new six-part podcast series, Where There’s A Will, about our mental health system, which attempts to answer these questions and more.

The introductory episode will debut on Monday 12th November, with the rest premiering every Thursday starting Thursday 15th November and running over six weeks. The podcast series is co-hosted by Paula McLoughlin, Chair and Acting CEO of A Lust for Life, and produced and co-hosted by Editor of A Lust for Life Ciara O’Connor Walsh.

The podcast tackles the problems in the mental health system, covering stories of individuals failing to receive they help need and systemic challenges with policy and infrastructure from those on the coal face. Guests include Brian Higgins (CEO of Pieta House), Professor John Hillery (President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists), Niall Muldoon (Ombudsman for Children), Senator Joan Freeman, Professor Peter Kinderman (University of Liverpool), Dominic Layden (CEO of Aware), Dr Ciara Kelly (Broadcast Journalist), John Saunders (CEO of Shine, Supporting People Affected by Mental Ill Health and Chair of the Mental Health Commission), Dr Eddie Murphy (Clinical Psychologist), Martin Rogan (CEO of Mental Health Ireland), and more; as well as eight people who share their personal experience of using the mental health services, stigma, barriers to care, and what ‘good’ could and should look like.

“We made this podcast series because we at A Lust for Life fundamentally believe that the solutions are out there, that collectively we can influence our political leaders to drive towards a mental health system that truly serves our beautiful island. It is a privilege to bring together so many smart, articulate and informed people to share their perspectives on mental health in Ireland. This podcast provides a ‘state of the nation’ on the mental health system as it is today – and, more importantly, provides a roadmap for a better future”, says Chairperson and Acting CEO, Paula McLoughlin.

“Through this podcast series we’ve connected a number of key people working in mental health to deconstruct the problems we face today – in 2018 – and what we need to focus on.to make things better. We learned a huge amount in making this series, and we hope people listening will learn a lot too. Importantly this work is not just about going over the old ground of everything that’s wrong with the system – it is about articulating the change that is both necessary and possible.” says Editor and podcast producer Ciara O’ Connor Walsh.

This podcast series is kindly sponsored by Revive Active, and Daithí O’Connor, Founder & MD of Revive Active says:

“At Revive Active we promote health, exercise and wellbeing therefore our partnership with Lust for Life is a natural one. Mental health is very prevalent in today’s society and if we as a company help one person by supporting the production of this podcast it will have been a success.”

The series will culminate in a live podcast episode recorded as part of the First Fortnight Festival in January, and will form part of a longer term advocacy campaign that A Lust for Life are driving around political accountability in mental health.

You can hear the trailer here.

 You can also listen to previews of the first three episodes below.

Preview of Episode 1

Preview of Episode 2

Preview of Episode 3

Leon’s Story

Lisa’s Story


For more information or to set up an interview, contact producer of Where There’s A Will,  and Editor of A Lust for Life, Ciara O’Connor Walsh at editor@alustforlife.com or on 0851076017.

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About A Lust for Life

Co-founded by Niall ‘Bressie’ Breslin in October 2015, A Lust for Life is an award winning Irish wellbeing movement created to transform how we talk about and treat mental health. Check us out on www.alustforlife.com. A Lust for Life is a registered charity. Registered Charity Number is 20157913.

About Revive Active

Founded by Dáithi O’Connor in 2011, Revive Active passionately believes in doing things right.  From humble beginnings, Daithi backed his vision with everything he had and built a successful business with strong foundations. The team has grown and now includes doctors, scientists, production specialists and expert nutritionists, all dedicated to making innovative health food supplements that really work.

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