The Learning Curve Institute: How is Ireland’s Mental Health and Addiction Crisis Evolving?

Dr Sean Foy is Director of The Learning Curve Institute, Ireland’s leading specialist trainer in mental health and addiction. Being in the field for over twenty-five years, every day is still “a learning day”. In this interview, Dr Foy shares his story and influences, as well as how he sees the future of mental health and addiction evolving.

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The Friendship Bench: Zimbabwe’s Answer to a Need for Safe Spaces

Responding to widespread mental health problems in Zimbabwe, Professor Dixon Chibanda took to unusual methods – training a team of grandmothers in creating safe spaces for people to talk. ‘Friendship Bench’ is a result of their teamwork – organised around culturally embedded concepts surrounding wellbeing and belonging. In this interview, ‘Friendship Bench’ share with me the full story and meaning behind their project, and what message they ultimately wish to spread.

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Interview with Charlotte Fox Weber, Founder of the School of Life Psychotherapy Service

Cleverness matters, but not as much as kindness.  Charlotte Fox Weber is a psychotherapist and founder of the School of Life psychotherapy service. She has a profound interest in emotional issues, working relationally with clients where they feel stuck, lost or without meaning. In this interview, Charlotte shares her story, as well as her views…

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The Martha Mitchell Effect

In their paper, ‘Beliefs About Delusions’, Psychologist Vaughan Bell and his colleagues describe how some improbable reports are mistakenly assumed by mental health clinicians to be evidence of psychiatric symptoms. They write that this is due to a failure in accurately verifying whether the events have really taken place, despite how ridiculous they may seem.…

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