Mental Health Contagion

The Unspoken Story

The consequences of the pandemic have far reaching consequences for mental health, both as a creator of problems and a trigger to existing problems.

This is an open conference which discusses the seriousness of the problem across all facets of our communities.

Mental health is something relevant to everyone, it is not just for the clients or patients or the mentally ill, it is for everyone. This is not an us- them problem, it is an all of us issue. The aim of this event is to highlight the very real, and serious problems we currently have with mental health, to bring mental health to the forefront of discussion, as recognition of the problem will be the first step in addressing it.

Episode one is outlining the problem and we hope to follow up with further episodes which will look at solution possibilities. We have a number of different mental health clinicians, each speaking about their own perspective on the ways they have seen the pandemic have an impact in their clinic.

Contagion conference speakers:

Donat Desmond

is based in Derry, N.Ireland works with an addiction organisation and in private practice as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. He came to psychotherapy through working as a researcher and lobbyist in the 90’s for London based Disaster Action, working with the survivors and bereaved of major national and international disasters and endeavouring to hold corporately negligent firms accountable. He was involved with the compilation of a suite of information resources for those affected by disaster including welfare, medico-legal and trauma issues.

After returning from London he enrolled on a counselling diploma which led to postgraduate studies in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in Dublin. His current interests are ethics, psychoanalytic theory and idealist philosophy.

Dr Mou Sultana

is a Chartered Psychologist (BPS) and Psychotherapist (ICP) currently working with VHI, MOVE Ireland and in private practice. Following her Masters in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, she competed her Doctoral research in Perinatal Mental Health at the University College Dublin. She has also completed a Masters in Sociology from the University of Limerick, and a Masters in Applied Psychology from the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

Mou is a lecturer in the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences (ICHAS). Her research interests include trauma, sexuality, domestic violence, gender and identity. She is the author of “Castration Complex: What’s so natural about sexuality?” Routledge, 2018.

Dr Anda Dumitrescu

Paediatric Clinical lecturer in University College Cork
Special interest in Health Professions Education

Andrei Tcaciuc

Andrei holds a Master’s degree in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from University College Dublin and a Master’s degree in Bereavement studies from Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology and a Post-grad diploma in Specific Modality Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, School of Psychotherapy, St. Vincent's University Hospital.

Andrei is working in private practice in Laois, Kildare and Dublin. Andrei also has over fifteen years of experience in the healthcare sector where he has worked with young people and their families. Andrei collaborates with TUSLA to provide bereavement training and education for healthcare professionals.

Dr Alin Dumitrescu

General Adult Consultant Psychiatrist with the North Cork Mental Health Services Clinical Senior Lecturer with University College Cork Examiner and Training Supervisor with Irish College of Psychiatrists
Special Interest in Leadership Paediatric Clinical lecturer in University College Cork
Special interest in Health Professions Education

Denise Brett

Denise is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist working in private practice since 2002, she works with both adults and children. She has a BA in psychology and an Msc in psychotherapy from UCD. She has also completed a further 4 years post masters clinical training in psychoanalysis with adults and children. Denise is trained in hypnotherapy and also works as a study and exam coach primarily with adolescents. She is a regular speaker at psychoanalytic events in Dublin and Paris.

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