The Mental Health Trialogue Network Ireland (MHTNI) is an exciting community development initiative in Irish mental health.
The aim of this Network is to empower communities in Ireland to become proactive in communicating about mental health through a powerful open dialogue and participatory process called ‘Trialogue’.
In the past mental health was often seen as the domain of service providers, carers and the people who used the mental health services. However, within communities there is a huge diversity of knowledge and experience that can be used to transform our services.
'Mental health is everyone’s business, regardless of their background and experience'.
‘Trialogue’ groups can help communities to change the perception that only those who work in the field of mental health are the experts in mental health. Mental health is everyone’s business, regardless of their background and experience.
A ‘Trialogue’ group is a neutral space where communities can gather to develop their understanding of mental health issues, the challenges of maintaining mental health and to transform thinking on developing better services and healthy communities.
Trialogue meetings are welcoming and inclusive of all community members, including mental health service users, carers, families friends, professionals and anyone with an interest in positive mental health in the community.
We hope that you take the opportunity to become involved in your local meeting near you. Check out where Trialogue meetings are happening around Ireland by clicking on Trialogue groups.