What's your name?
Professor Brendan Kelly
What position do you hold?
Professor of Psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin and Consultant Psychiatrist, Tallaght Hospital.
How long have you held the position?
What are your day-to-day responsibilities?
I treat patients with mental illness, teach students, and oversee research on mental health and human rights.
What is your professional background?
I am from Galway. In addition to my medical degree (MB BCh BAO), I hold masters degrees in epidemiology (MSc), healthcare management (MA) and Buddhist studies (MA); and doctorates in medicine (MD), history (PhD), governance (DGov) and law (PhD). I have authored and co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications and 400 non-peer-reviewed publications. My recent books include “Hearing Voices: The History of Psychiatry in Ireland” (Irish Academic Press, 2016), the first history of psychiatry and mental health services in Ireland.
Tell me about yourself away from work?
I enjoy cycling and cinema. Especially cinema.
Tell us something very few people know about you?
I’ve written research papers about the psychology of prisoners on Death Row in Texas.
You are speaking at the National Mental Health Summit. What is your talk about?
Mental health, human rights and recent revisions of mental health legislation in Ireland.
What do you believe are the main challenges for the provision of improved mental health services in Ireland?
Balancing the need for better services with resource limitations, and finding new ways to promote the economic and social rights of people with enduring mental illness and their families.
How would you like to see mental health services in 10 years time?
I would like to see a broader societal focus on mental wellness, and continued improvements in building a mental health service that is effective, efficient and responsive for those who need it.
Professor Brendan Kelly will be appearing at The Inaugural National Mental Health Summit at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dublin on November 9. See
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