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,
  • 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 member

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 programmes

We have two national programmes:

See Change is Ireland’s national programme dedicated to ending mental health stigma and discrimination. Its work is informed by people with lived experiences of mental health difficulties, including its 50+ trainedAmbassadors, who share their stories to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.

Across the country, See Change works with its Ambassadors, partners and workplaces to debunk the myths and misconceptions about living with a mental health difficulty through personal experience talks, presentations about stigma, and media interviews. To learn more about See Change’s Ambassador Programme, visit www.seechange.ie/volunteers/.

See Change runs the annual national Green Ribbon campaign. The campaign spreads awareness about all mental health difficulties to help end mental health stigma and discrimination. During the month-long campaign, See Change organises events, runs social media campaigns and supports workplaces, organisations and the general public to start having open and honest conversations about mental health. Wearing a Green Ribbon – an international symbol of mental health awareness – shows others that you are open to starting positive conversations about mental health.

See Change also runs a six-step pledge programme to empower Irish workplaces to create an open culture about mental health and to tackle mental health stigma in the workplace. The programme includes workshops, templates and resource documents to help organisations and staff implement real change.

It is See Change’s vision that every person in Ireland can be open and positive about mental health, understanding it as a normal part of life’s ups and downs.

Headline is Ireland’s national programme for responsible reporting and representation of mental health difficulties in Irish media.

The programme promotes accurate and responsible coverage of mental health-related issues, including suicide and mental illness, in accordance with international media guidelines.  

Headline is a global leader in media and mental health practices, leading innovative research and developing evidence-based methods for improved representation and reporting of mental health difficulties.

Headline has developed a number of trainings and workshops, aimed at media professionals and journalism students. One example is their Mental Health in the Newsroom Workshop which is aimed at supporting media professionals in effectively managing burnout, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue.

Headline also runs the annual Media Mental Health Awards which recognises excellence in media coverage of mental health difficulties, celebrating those whose work brings to light challenging stories of mental ill health. With 9 categories, the Awards highlight work from all media platforms across local and national media.

It is Headline’s objective to work as collaboratively as possible with Irish media professionals, across print, broadcast and online platforms, to reduce the effects of suicide contagion, and the stigma attached to mental ill health. Headline is committed to identifying challenges faced by journalists and producers when confronted with this content, and aims to provide useful resources and workable solutions.

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.