A community response to mental health & substance use


Mad In Ireland have been interested in and reporting on developments in Ireland relating to service provision for people with interrelated substance use and mental health issues (Dual Diagnosis). For example, reporting on the summer 23 Oireachtas discussions and  offering a critical review on the Dual Diagnosis Clinical Programme launched in August 2023. We are delighted to repost this Dublin North, North East Recovery College podcast from the recent community development project in Dublin North Inner City about developing a recovery community. Whilst the project was local, the methodology, findings and indeed the broader context of the podcast itself can be generalised across the Island of Ireland. Watch this space for a summary of the project evaluation coming to Mad in Ireland soon.

The Dublin North, North East Recovery College has been providing empowering, emancipatory education; capacity building, and community development initiatives to communities engaged in the areas of mental health, substance use and marginalisation; at a local, national and more recently international level since 2016. The Recovery College podcast will feature topics of interest that arise in our broad community and people actively engaged in communities of recovery.

In this live podcast episode host Liam MacGabhann is joined by Community Development worker Triona Byrne, Psychologists, Dr Sharon Lambert and Dr Katriona O’Sullivan. The panel discuss Dublin’s North East Inner city as an area of high deprivation that has experienced individual and collective trauma over the years. We talk about the social determinants of health such as poverty and its impact on mental health and substance use and people’s access or lack thereof to social and recovery capital. Ending the discussion with an exploration into how Dublin’s north east inner city with its powerful sense of community can collectively response to the issue of Dual Diagnosis (co-existing issues with mental health and substance use).

Special thanks to the audience who engaged in the live Q&A which brought thought provoking questions to the members of the panel.

This podcast was recorded in D-Light Studios in Dublin 1 at the launch of the NEIC Dual diagnosis “Building a Community of Recovery” integrated services map and the associated Interactive Dual Diagnosis Community Care Pathway resource. This project was in collaboration with the 

More details on the NEIC Dual Diagnosis capacity building project and access to the resources can be found at https://recoverycollege.ie/capacity-building-a-community-response-to-dual-diagnosis-in-north-east-inner-city-dublin/


Intro and closing music; Kilimanjaro by Hidden Treehouse, a Recovery College collaboration
Recovery College podcasts are available on all good podcast streaming platforms.