The Institute was set up by former users of mental health services to promote and drive a recovery agenda.
This project was a partnership between users and professionals and was unique in that service users set the agenda in terms of research, education and the application of recovery principles.
Paddy McGowan recovered from Schizophrenia with the support of other survivors. He is one of the founders of the United Kingdom Advocacy Network and participated in the original study (Romme/Escher, 1989) into hearing voices.
He also set up the first user group in Ireland in 1994. He is a prominent proponent of the recovery model and actively engaged in creating alternatives to the medical or maintenance model and a former Chief Executive Officer with the Irish Advocacy Network.
Paddy has served on the National Disability Authorities Ad Hoc Focus Group on Mental Health as well the National Board of Mental Health Ireland. He has also been appointed to serve on the Western Health and Social Services Council by the Minister for Health in Northern Ireland and is a member of the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy in the Republic of Ireland.
He also lectures on mental health matters in Dublin City University and has been involved in developing peer advocacy training to an accredited level.
Paddy developed and delivers staff awareness training in user empowerment and is a founding member of the Institute for Mental Health Recovery, which has been set up by former users of mental health services to promote and drive recovery agenda. This project is a partnership between users and professionals and is unique in that service users are setting the agenda in terms of research, education and the application of recovery principles.
Paddy’s partner in the project Kieran Crowe (pictured above) sadly passed away in 2005.