Who we are

Who we are

Shine is a national organisation providing information and support for people affected by mental health difficulties. We support individuals and family members through:

  • individual and group work,
  • counselling, and training and education led by professionals and peers (people with lived experience of mental health difficulties or people who have lived experience of supporting a family member or relative).

We are the only national mental health organisation specifically founded to help all family members.

What we do

We aim to empower people with mental health difficulties and their families through support, information and education. We also advocate for social change by promoting and defending the rights of all those affected by mental health difficulties to equal support and quality services.

Our history

The Schizophrenia Association of Ireland (Shine) was first set up by a group of family members and professionals from the Cluain Mhuire Community Mental Health Services in Blackrock, Dublin in 1979. The association was set up for family members supporting people living with schizophrenia. It eventually became known as Schizophrenia Ireland.

In 2009, we changed our name to Shine to show how we have developed as an organisation to offer supports for everyone affected by mental health difficulties and their families.