Shine Lunchtime Webinar: “Family Recovery: What It Is and Why It Is Important”

Shine hosted a free lunchtime webinar on Family Recovery on Thursday, 02 March, 12:30pm – 01:30pm.

**You can find the links to watch back on the webinar, download slides and additional resources at the bottom of this post**

Support from those close to us, such as family and friends, is vital to our wellbeing. We need support, and we regularly provide support to others. Oftentimes, however, it can be easy to forget or minimise the impact that giving this support may have on us.

Family recovery is about recognising that family members and other supporters are impacted in a number of ways by their response to another person’s mental health challenges.

This webinar explored the concept of family recovery, a family member’s experience and personal recovery journey, and why supporters need to practice self-compassion and self-care towards themselves.

Our speakers are experts in the area, both from a personal experience perspective and a professional capacity. They are:
– Ann Marie Flanagan, Shine Regional Development Officer
– Marian Keaty, Family Recovery Peer Supporter
– Dr Malie Coyne, Clinical Psychologist, Bestselling Author, and Adjunct Psychology Lecturer at the University of Galway

This webinar is aimed at family members, friends and other supporters of people experiencing mental health challenges. Everyone is welcome!


Watch back on the webinar by clicking on this link: [Link]

Download the slides from the webinar:

Additional resources that you may find helpful:

Trauma and Recovery: Pain does not have to define us (World Mental Health Day Webinar)

To mark World Mental Health Day on 10th October, Shine is hosting a free webinar “Trauma and Recovery: Pain does not have to define us”.

This lunchtime webinar (12noon – 1.30pm) will explore the concept of trauma and the journey toward recovery, including rebuilding or strengthening one’s self-esteem and self-confidence. We have invited experts in the area, both from a personal experience perspective and professional capacity to speak on the day.

The panel includes:
– Michelle Clarke, See Change -The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership Ambassador
– Dr Maria Lotty, a Senior Coordinator (Health and Social Care) and Lecturer at the Centre for Adult Continuing Education, University College Cork (UCC)

– Sarah Doyle, Life Coach, TEDx Speaker and Founder of The Better Life Project


The webinar is free to attend and is open to everyone. Please note registration is essential and you can register here.

Webinar: “Speaking Words” Book Launch Recording

On Wednesday, 18th May 2022, we had the official launch of the “Speaking Words” book, an anthology of written work centred around social isolation. The entire collection is penned by people that used Shine services throughout the Covid-19 lockdowns. The book also includes photographs taken by Dublin Resource Centre Photography Club.

As we had people submitting work from all over Ireland, we felt it was best to do an online event. This way anyone in Ireland could attend it. We recorded the launch for those who missed it or wished to watch back on the event.

Watch the recording here

We thank all the speakers at the launch, which included:

– Nicola Byrne, Shine CEO

– Mary Cregan, author of “The Scar: A Personal History of Depression and Recovery.”

– Patricia McKeever, Shine Resource Centre Team Leader

– Malachi McCoy, Coordinator of Shine Dublin Resource Centre


We also thank everyone that made this book possible, from all of the writers and photographers, to all the Shine staff involved, author Brian Keenan, as well as to the graphic design and video production companies.