Dr Eoin Galavan
Dr Eoin Galavan is a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist who works primarily with suicidal clients in both acute inpatient and community outpatient mental health services. Eoin is the Clinical Lead for the North Dublin Suicide Assessment and Treatment Service, and is a DBT therapist. He is a chartered clinical psychologist and associate fellow with the Psychological Society of Ireland.
Fiona Tuomey is a wife, mother, student and mental health advocate. Her professional life has included working as Alumni Director for UCD, Sponsorship Manager for Today FM and running her own publishing company. After five years in Switzerland she returned to Dublin in 2015. Tragedy struck in January 2016 when her 11 year old daughter Milly died by suicide. Since then, she has devoted her time and energy to working with the suicide bereaved and advocating for change in Mental Health Services. She setup a peer support group for suicide bereaved, H.U.G.G. (Healing Untold Grief Group), and is completing an MSc in Death & Bereavement Studies.
New Zealand-born rugby union coach Joe Schmidt is currently the head coach of Ireland. Joe played rugby in New Zealand to First Class level and spent four years as assistant coach of the New Zealand Schoolboys Rugby Team and subsequently to Bay of Plenty, Auckland Blues and then Clermont Auvergne. Following his appointment as Head Coach at Leinster in 2010, his three-year tenure netted four trophies, including two European Cups and Joe was subsequently appointed Ireland's Head Coach in 2013. In the five years since, Ireland have won three Six Nations titles including a Grand Slam in 2018 and their first ever win over the All Blacks in 111 years! Ireland are currently ranked 2nd in the world.
Professor Jim Lucey
Professor Jim Lucey is Medical Director of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College. He has worked with patients suffering from mental health problems for more than 30 years, specialising in the assessment, diagnosis and management of OCD and other anxiety disorders. His book 'In My Room' was a bestseller and he regularly features on ‘Today with Sean O’Rourke’ on RTE Radio 1.
Sam is Founder and Director of the The Wellbeing Project, a global wellbeing consultancy, established in 2007. With 11 years’ experience supporting her clients and as the Wellbeing Judge for the UK Employee Engagement Awards in 2016 she appreciates the challenges of any wellbeing project. It is her mission to make it as easy as possible for employers to create a culture of wellness where employees excel and businesses thrive.
Sam’s recent award for MD of the Year with CEO magazine puts her in good stead to understand the challenges employers face and to be a valuable consultant and critical friend that delivers outstanding results for them.
Brent Pope is one of Ireland’s best known and respected media personalities. A main rugby pundit for RTE since 1993, Brent has also appeared on many top Irish television and radio shows about his own personal journey through mental health. Brent is a dedicated charity worker and a proud ambassador to many leading Irish charities, including “Cycle Against Suicide” and St Patricks Hospital. An art therapy advocate, Brent was the curator of popular gallery ‘Outside In’ which promoted art therapy work from various prisons, charities and mental health organisations. He has completed qualifications in psychotherapy and counselling and continues to see clients weekly.
Claire Flannery is a Business Psychologist and Executive and a Business & Personal Coach with over a decade of experience in HR leadership. Since establishing Strength Within in 2017 she has focused on helping people, teams and organisations to create headspace and mental clarity to discover, cultivate and maximise their strength within.
Stephen Cluskey is an award-winning entrepreneur, disability advocate, public speaker and everything in between. Having suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury at the tender age of just 18, which left Stephen paralysed from the neck down, he offers a very unique, positive perspective on life, challenging individuals to realise that almost anything is possible with the right will and determination.
Yvonne Kearney is a professional soldier in the Irish Defence Forces with over 20 years’ military experience encompassing service at home and on United Nations Peacekeeping missions overseas. She is a qualified psychotherapist(MIACP) and graduated with distinction from a Master’s programme in Personal and Business Coaching at UCC. In her military service as a soldier, Yvonne has experienced that mental strength and success result from disciplined thinking and action.
Daniel Twomey graduated from the University of Limerick with a B.Sc (Hons) in Physical Education, and from Waterford Institute of Technology with an M.A. (Hons) in Management Education. Daniel has worked as a post primary teacher of Physical Education as well as a University lecturer in PE and Sports studies. He is presently a PhD fellow in Trinity College Dublin in the area of youth mental health and physical activity. The title of Daniel’s PhD is "The relationship between physical activity and positive mental health amongst students”.
Marion Rackard is Project Manager for the HSE Alcohol Programme which develops a range of resources to provide information to the public on alcohol risk and harms notably through the askaboutalcohol.ie website and campaign. She is an accredited Addiction Counsellor (ACI), Psychotherapist (IAHIP), Supervisor and Advocate. She has worked within the HSE since 1990 as a Senior Addiction Counsellor and as Director of Alba National Counselling Service within the HSE National Counselling Service. She is a founder member, former Chair and Executive Director of Alcohol Action Ireland.
Ryan is a high-performance coach for business leaders and executives and is hired internationally by clients as a professional speaker on high performance and resilience. He helps business leaders and entrepreneurs build high performing teams, break through plateaux and realise their true potential. Ryan has just completed his Master’s Degree (MSc.) in Personal & Business Coaching at UCC. He is also a keen marathoner and adventure cyclist.
McCarthy O'Connor Training
Seán McCarthy, Partner in MOCT, has over 35 years experience working in mental health and suicide prevention. He has a special interest in Bereavement and Loss and is Co-Chair of the International Association of Suicide Prevention Special Interest Group on Bereavement and Loss. In 2017 he was awarded the Farberow Award for “Outstanding contributions in the field of Survivors of suicide loss” both nationally and internationally.
Yoga Therapy Ireland
Helena's background includes 18 years working in Organization Change, Learning and Development. Helena tutors for Yoga Therapy Ireland and has been teaching yoga since 2003. She completed the MSc in Mindfulness-Based Interventions at UCD and runs mindfulness programmes for employee wellbeing.
Conor Cusack hails from Cloyne in East Cork where he represented his local club for 32 years, including playing with Cork in the 2006 All Ireland Senior Hurling Final. Since speaking publicly of his experiences with his emotional health, he has become an ambassador for a number of organisations and was a member of the GAAs inaugural National Health and Wellbeing Committee in Croke Park. A regular contributor on national TV, radio and the written press, Conor travels around Ireland, Europe and America in his quest to end the stigma and silence that has engulfed this aspect of the human experience and to deepen our understanding of depression, suicide and our complex inner worlds.
Dr Colman Noctor
Dr Colman Noctor is a registered advanced nurse practitioner in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services. He also works part-time as an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing in Trinity College Dublin. Dr Noctor is also a Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist and he is currently the only RANP in child mental health in Ireland. Colman's area of interest is in the impact of technology on our mental lives and he is the best-selling author of ‘Cop On’, a parenting book for the technological age.
Nicole Owens grew up in Malahide Co. Dublin. The St Sylvester’s player was part of the Dublin Team that won the Ladies Football All-Ireland Senior Championship in 2017. This great achievement was followed by her first All Star award. Dublin secured a place in the league final after a late goal by Nicole in the semi-final against Galway. Nicole’s long-term sporting career objective is to create a legacy in a Dublin shirt and leave Ladies Gaelic Football in a better place. An advocate for positive mental health, she has spoken openly about her own challenges as she struggled to accept her sexuality and the vital part that sport played in that journey.
Motty is a licensed Sleep Technologist (licensed by BRPT, USA) and has 15 years experience as a Sleep Physiologist in St James’s Hospital, Dublin. He also dedicates his time to Sleep Therapy Clinic as a Behavioural Sleep therapist where he offers therapy for behavioural sleep issues and insomnia. Motty collaborates with corporate employers to optimise employee sleep, to improve their productivity and efficiency. Motty has contributed to articles on sleep in shiftwork for the Irish Examiner and has featured in the Irish Independent and is also a regular contributor on Today FM.
Dylan is a syndicated writer for the Guardian, privacy consultant for Presearch.org and the ACLU and has been published in global media such as NBC, CBS and Fox News. On a mission to spread technical awareness and improve digital etiquette, Dylan has done extensive research on the level of information that Facebook and Google have on social media users and is an avid proponent of mental health in the new digital world.
Caradh O’Donovan is a former World and European Champion Kickboxer and a current Champion Karateka. With a Masters Degree in Sport Psychology, she is also an Athlete Mentor, Speaker and Ambassador for the ISCC. After a devastating diagnosis of Crohns Disease in 2014, Caradh now campaigns for creating awareness of invisible disabilities and promoting positive mental health.
Professor Niall Moyna
Niall is a Professor in the School of Health and Human Performance in Dublin City University (DCU). Niall is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and has a keen interest in all sports especially, Gaelic football and athletics. Niall spearheaded initiatives like the Fitness Challenge for schools and developed an innovative fitness app, Move Your MET. Niall works with Irish Life Health on a number of health related initiatives including the Schools Fitness Challenge and the Workplace Fitness Challenge.
A psychotherapist and training consultant with 15 years international experience, Michaela Fitzpatrick is a credible expert and noted speaker in the field of employee engagement, mental health, and wellbeing. Michaela is passionate about facilitating transformation and has empowered professionals across multiple industries and divisions to overcome obstacles affecting performance and wellbeing.