Dr. Helen Coughlan

Professor David Cotter

Professor Mary Cannon

The Mental Health Educate team

We're the people behind Mental Health Educate. Both our research and our work as mental health clinicians mean that we are all too aware of the mental health issues affecting young people. We're also aware of the increasing role of educators to integrate mental health and wellbeing sessions into the classroom. Over the past few years, we've been developing mental health resources for young people and educators with the help of our contributors and collaborators. Mental Health Educate is part of our commitment to ensuring teachers and other educators have free access to those resources.

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Lead Contributors

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Dr. Helen Coughlan

Social worker and Social scientist

Helen is a social worker and youth mental health researcher. She worked as a Clinical Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, RCSI, from 2012-2020. Helen offers consultancy in the field of mental health and is a Visiting Researcher with RCSI.

Professor David Cotter

Professor of Molecular Psychiatry

David is a Professor of Molecular Psychiatry at RCSI and a Consultant Psychiatrist at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. He is a leading neuroscientific researcher in the field of psychiatry, with a particular interest in biomarker discovery.  

Professor Mary Cannon

Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Youth Mental Health

Mary is a Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Youth Mental Health at RCSI and a Consultant Psychiatrist at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. Mary is a world-leading researcher in the field of psychosis and youth mental health research.

Mr. Andrew Bates

Teacher

Andrew is a qualified engineer and secondary school teacher at St Colmcille's Community School, Dublin. He teaches science, maths, technical graphics and film-making. 

Dr. Eoin Kelleher

Anaesthesiologist and Illustrator

A grauduate of RCSI, Eoin is both an anaesthesiologist and an illustrator. His illustrations and cartoons have featured in many publications. Along with his work in medicine, Eoin has successfully published an illustrated book about the body with Mercier Press. 

Dr. Lorna Lopz

Associate Professor

Lorna is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, Maynooth University, Ireland. Her work focuses on understanding the genetic basis of mental illness.

Mr. David Quin

Lecturer in Animation

David works as a Lecturer in Animation at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), Dublin. He has collaborated with a number of health-focused organisations to support them in bringing their research or practice alive through animation.  

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Full details of all contributors, collaborators, supporters and funders

Material/Session

Lead Content Creators

Other contributors, partners and funding details

Helen Coughlan

RCSI PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS l Professor David Cotter & Professor Mary Cannon

PROJECT FUNDERS l Health Research Board & Health Service Executive

Introduction to

Youth Mental Health

Helen Coughlan

David Quin

IADT ANIMATORS Sarah Benson, Joshua Brown, Charlotte Connolly, Jessie Desmond Schmidt, Conor Doyle, Hollie Hamill, Anna Hoare, Sabine Jansone, Rory Martin, Beren McCormack, Jack McHugh, Giorgia McKenna, Conor McNally, Daniel McNicholl, Saoirse Mitchell, Chloe O’Hara, Krizsha Perocho, Cassandra Sierevogel, Carylle Sanchez, Charles-Henri Sanson, Aisling Smith, Iobhar Stokes Rodriguez, Sarah Whyte, Key Woodlock.

IADT SOUND l Tim Nerney, Geoffrey Perrin.

BODY IMAGE ANIMATOR Domhnall Cotter

BODY IMAGE & IRISH LANGUAGE VOICEOVERS Delia Cotter, Ruairi Egan, Mark Gleeson, Ruth Judge, Emma Ni Chearuil, Inara Zauers

SUPPORTERS l Health Service Executive (HSE), SpunOut.ie

IRISH LANGUAGE PARTNER Conradh na Gaeilge

PROJECT FUNDER l Health Research Board 

Youth Mental Health

Animation Series

Andrew Bates

RCSI PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS l Professor David Cotter & Professor Mary Cannon

RCSI CONTRIBUTOR Dr. Aisling O'Neill

HSE CONTRIBUTOR Dr. Bobby Smyth, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist (addiction specialty)

ST. COLMCILLE'S SCHOOL CONTRIBUTORS Olivia Burke, Naoise Coyne,

Ian Downey, Jess Lyons, Saidbh Phelan, Siobhan Walsh 

PROJECT FUNDERS l Health Research Board & Health Service Executive

Cannabis &

Mental Health

Andrew Bates

RCSI PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS l Professor David Cotter & Professor Mary Cannon

ST. COLMCILLE'S SCHOOL CONTRIBUTORS Olivia Burke, Naoise Coyne,

Ian Downey, Jess Lyons, Saidbh Phelan, Siobhan Walsh 

PROJECT FUNDERS l Health Research Board & Health Service Executive

Exploring Local

Mental Health Services

Lorna Lopez

Eoin Kelleher

RCSI PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS l Professor David Cotter & Professor Mary Cannon

RCSI CONTRIBUTOR Helen Coughlan

IRISH LANGUAGE PARTNER Foras na Gaeilge

PROJECT FUNDER l Health Research Board

Journey through

the Brain Book

Andrew Bates

Mary Cannon

RCSI CONTRIBUTORS Dr. Aisling O'Neill, Dr. Erik O'Hanlon, Dr. Eleanor Carey, Donal Campbell

HSE CONTRIBUTOR Dr. Bobby Smyth, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist (addiction specialty)

ST. COLMCILLE'S SCHOOL CONTRIBUTORS Olivia Burke, Naoise Coyne,

Ian Downey, Jess Lyons, Saidbh Phelan, Siobhan Walsh 

PROJECT FUNDER l Health Research Board

A Young Person's Guide to the Mind