John works to identify the needs of families and carers of people who experience mental health problems with a view to designing a responsive peer advocacy training programme.
The best known of these initiatives was the Dóchas Dingle men’s action group.
John believes that the dignity of mental health service users is often compromised by models of service delivery, and that the stigma which attaches to people with mental health problems in the community is a driving factor in the discrimination which occurs.
In April of 2007 he was appointed to the Mental Health Commission and in 2009 to the Independent Monitoring Group for Vision for Change, the National mental health policy.
John lives in Kerry and was the Chief Executive of the Irish Advocacy Network, and worked on research and evaluation projects in Ireland and the EU. He has a history of working to address the needs of the marginalised groups. Today John is the National Executive Officer of the National Servicer Users Executive.