As a nation, we bet ten thousand euro every single minute. No new laws to regulate gambling have been passed here since the 1950s, and a 2013 bill shows no sign of movement in the Dáil. Dr Colin O’Gara joins Claire Byrne in studio


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The free public lecture series will take place at Saint John fo God Hospital, Stillorgan on the following dates

  • Monday April 4th
  • Monday April 11th
  • MondayApril 18th
  • Monday April 25th

detailed programme to follow.



The importance of Introductions


We in Saint John of God Hospital are proud to join the global #hellomynameis campaign.

The ‘Hello my name is…’ campaign was started by Kate Granger, a doctor and terminally ill cancer patient in the UK. Following her admission to hospital in August 2013, Kate noticed that very few of those treating her introduced themselves by name. It felt incredibly wrong that such a basic step in communication was missing. Kate then started the #Hellomynameis campaign on social media aiming to encourage and remind hospital staff of the importance of introducing themselves to patients.

A friendly introduction is much more than common courtesy. It is about making a human connection between one human being who is suffering and vulnerable, and another human being who wants to help.

#hellomynameis helps provide truly person-centred and compassionate care.


Sadly Kate Granger passed away 23rd July 2016 - RIP



The fall-out from the festive season can leave couples picking up the pieces in January - Irish Times 12 January 2016

A lot of the time an affair happens because something is not working in the relationship. Instead of one or both facing each other about what’s going on, it’s more tempting to project those energies outside



The garden depicts how those suffering from mental health issues can feel, as well as the positives that can be achieved by seeking help

19th May, 2016: Saint John of God Hospital, Stillorgan, a leading provider of mental health treatment and care services in Ireland and Europe, is proud to sponsor the ‘Sharing the Load’ garden at this year’s Bloom festival.

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White T.D. visited St John of God Hospital in Stillorgan following the completion of a €1 million energy upgrade.  The upgrade works included the installation of high efficiency lighting, heating and glazing.  The project, which received €25,000 support from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), was completed through a new form of energy contract which guarantees energy savings of 16% for the hospital.


Dr Stephen McWilliams presents a vignette of a schizophrenic patient, covering how to diagnose and manage the condition, and the increased potential for a successful recovery

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HADD Ireland in association with Saint John of God Hospital present ADHD Awareness Day - Public Lecture.  

7:30PM on Monday October 12th

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We all know people who like to keep boxes filled with birthday cards, newspaper articles, old photos. But what if that impulse grows stronger and after a time, you find you can’t throw out old bills, receipts and leaflets?

Joining Sean O’Rourke, Dr Olivia Gordon, Senior Clinical Psychologist discusses the syndrome of ‘hoarding’.

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Dr Colin O’Gara, Consultant Psychiatrist, Addiction Services at Saint John of God Hospital, spoke to Ray about the rise in online gambling in Ireland. Dr O’Gara has released an online survey – www.gamblingsurvey.ie in order to gather information on the current state of online gambling.

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Was 2014 the beginning of the end for mental health stigma?

THOUGHOUT HISTORY, mental health was something to be hidden away. It was “un-understandable”. Asylums dotted the Irish landscape and the names of those institutions became short-hand for everything we didn’t want to talk about.g of the end for mental health stigma?

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Eating Disorders - Appearance on Sunday AM – 21 February 2016.  Dr Terence Larkin, Consultant Psychiatrist, Eating Disorders Recovery Centre, Saint John of God Hospital and Harriet Parsons, Services Manager at Bodywhys

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Dr Olivia Gordon, Senior Clinical Psychologist, St John of God Outpatient Psychological Services joined Laura Donnelly on Kildare Focus to discuss hoarding. 114,000 people in Ireland have a problem with hoarding – it’s a debilitating condition which can lead to isolation and embarrassment.

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Twenty years ago, mental health did not exist as a public policu issue.  It was a private tragedy, poorly funded and out of the way.


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