Congress; Cash; Workhouse

October 30, 2017

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Photo: Sean Crudden

The Autumn Interim Meeting of IMPERO took place in the meeting room of Our Lady of The Wayside Church, Jenkinstown, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland, starting at 14:00 on Saturday 28 October 2017.

Present: Edward S. Crudden, treasurer; Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes OMD PhD, chairperson; Sean Crudden, secretary

Apologies: Mrs. Anne M. Muldowney, vice-chairperson; Francis McCormack, mentor; Kevin McGeough, founder member; Leonard Hatrick, president

Sean read out the minutes of the previous interim meeting held on 25 February 2017 from his mobile phone.

Sean said that Lina Ciuksiene, Olga Kalina, Peter Lehmann, all of them members of ENUSP, had been invited to present at the recent Congress of WPA (World Psychiatric Association) held in Berlin.  Mary Maddock of Mind Freedom Ireland had also made a presentation at the congress.  Thanks are due to Maths Jesperson of ENUSP for his reports on the congress published on Facebook.  Sean read some of the correspondence between himself and Olga Kalina, chairperson of ENUSP, which arose when she was consulting members of ENUSP in the preparatory stages for the congress.  There is considerable kudos involved and genuine interest.  But the view was expressed at our meeting that, perhaps, we are flogging a dead horse.

The subject of money was discussed in some detail.  Arrangements were made to withdraw sufficient cash from IMPERO’s account in Jenkinstown Post Office to discharge all our debts.  When that is done there will be very little left.  Teddy and the Archbishop undertook to make enquiries with a view of sourcing sufficient funds to keep the wheels turning.

The subject of suicide was discussed.  IMPERO has no expertise in this area and we have no answers to the problem.  Perhaps somehow help for distressed people could be made available free of the stigma of mental health care? 

The meeting noted that the 18th annual winter workshop organised by Cooley Environmental and Health Group; which takes place on 27 January 2018 in The Strand, Omeath; will engage with the theme, “Mental Health Care in Louth 1918 – 2018 and Beyond.”  There was a short discussion of where people who died in Ardee Workhouse were buried.  Also, where patients who died in Ardee Mental Hospital were buried.

The meeting wished Leonard Hatrick a speedy recovery from recent surgery. 

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Archbishop Hynes leaving the church after the interim meeting had finished

Photo: Seán Crudden

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Annual Assembly of IMPERO 2017

June 19, 2017

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Geraldine and Liam Kieran pictured outside where they went to drink their coffee after the assembly had concluded formal business inside The Strand, Omeath, Co. Louth.

Photo: Sean Crudden

The assembly kicked off when 9 people sat down for a meal of chicken curry, rice, chips; cheesecake and banana ice-cream; tea or coffee.  At 14:15 on Saturday 17 June 2017 the day on which some beautiful summer weather began in Ireland.  The meal featured a toast to the United Nations drunk in Kilbeggan, a smooth Irish whiskey produced in Cooley Distillery nearby.  The toast was proposed by Anne Muldowney vice-chairperson of IMPERO.

Attendance: Anne Muldowney, vice-chairperson; Sean Crudden, secretary; Kevin McGeough, founder member; Edward S. Crudden, treasurer; Paul Jennings; Leonard Hatrick, president; Margaret Hatrick; Liam Kieran; Geraldine Kieran; Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes OMD PhD, chairperson.

The minutes of the previous annual assembly were read out by the secretary from his mobile phone.  They were adopted unanimously on the proposal of The Archbishop seconded by Teddy.

The secretary reported on the year’s work.  The minutes of the previous Annual Assembly were rather pessimistic.  But perhaps the darkness is starting to lighten a little now?

The treasurer’s report showed the finanaces to be in a healthy state with basically no change since last year.  IMPERO’s account in Jenkinstown PO shows a balance of slightly over €370.

There was a lot of discussion at the meeting and, earlier, at the dinner table about schools and education.  And it was pointed out that there may be a link between the causes and cures for mental illness.  Adverting to the election of a new Taoiseach, Leo Varadhkar, Margaret said that the new government  should waken up.

The outgoing officers were returned unopposed.  Francis McCormack was reaffirmed in absentia as Mentor.  “He was a big help to me during the year,” Sean said.

The Autumn interim meetng was fixed for 28 October 2017 starting at 14:00 in Our Lady of The Wayside Church, Jenkinstown.  The Spring interim meeting was fixed for Saturday 24 February 2018 at 14:00 in OLOTW.  The annual assembly was fixed for Bloomsday 2018 in The Strand, starting with a meal at 14:00.

Sean thanked OLOTW; Tesco Extra, Dundalk; The Strand: for the use of their facilities during the past year.

The meeting concluded at 16:25

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Sean Crudden snapped by the roadside past The Long Woman’s Grave on his way home to Jenkinstown from Omeath after the general assembly had concluded

Photo: Anne Muldowney

Prayer; Bleak; Old; Routine

February 27, 2017

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Sean Crudden and Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes OMD PhD

Photo: Leonard Hatrick

The Spring Interim Meeting of IMPERO for 2017 started at 14:00 on Saturday 25 February 2017 in the meeting room of Our Lady of The Wayside Church, Jenkinstown, Co. Louth, Ireland.

Present: Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes (chairperson); Seán Crudden (secretary); Leonard Hatrick (president); Kevin McGeough (founder member).

An apology was received from Mrs. Anne M. Muldowney.

The chairperson opened the meeting with a prayer to our father in heaven to send his spirit to guide the meeting so that something beneficial gets done for the people involved.

The chairperson read out the minutes of the previous interim meeting held on 29 October 2016.  The minutes were adopted unanimously on the proposal of the archbishop seconded by Kevin.

Leonard gave a detailed report on the ENUSP seminar on empowerment held in Berlin in November including details of his journey to and from Berlin.  The temperature was – 4C when he arrived there.  We all like to feel valued and respected, Leonard concluded.  Seán complimented Leonard on an excellent report.

Sean read aloud his article Convention on The Rights of People with Disabilities which was published on indymedia.ie in 2011.  http://www.indymedia.ie/article/101102  There was no response to the reading except from Leonard who said he likes to hear the stories Sean writes.

It was felt that the future for mental patients, young and old, was bleak.  The archbishop remarked that the government does not want to worry about it.  The problem is shoved into the background.

Planning ahead for IMPERO means continuing at our own pace with our own routine.  We do not plan to expand in any dramatic fashion.

IMPERO has €370.05 on deposit in Jenkinstown PO.

It was decided that the annual assembly should take place starting at 15:00 in The Strand, Omeath, Co. Louth, on Saturday 17 June 2017

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Kevin McGeough, Leonard Hatrick, Michael Desmond Hynes

Photo: Seán Crudden

Spirit; forsaking; vestry; commissioner

October 31, 2016

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The Autumn interim meeting of IMPERO took place in the meeting room of Our Lady of The Wayside Church, Jenkinstown, starting at 15:00 on Saturday 29 October 2016.

Present: Leonard Hatrick, president; Margaret Hatrick; Kevin McGeough; Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes OMD PhD, chairperson; Sean Crudden, secretary.

An apology was received from Anne Muldowney.

Those present recited a prayer from a small script, for the recovery of Fr. Pádraig Murphy, parish priest of Lordship and Ballymascanlon, who has suffered a serious illness and for healing for all.  Fr. Murphy is the pastor of Our Lady of The Wayside Church.

The Archbishop recited a short extempore prayer for the success of the meeting through the guidance of the spirit in the hope that something interesting gets done.

The chairperson read the minutes of the General Assembly held in June.

The secretary read the minutes of the Spring interim meeting held in February, the last ordinary meeting.  These minutes were unanimously adopted on the proposal of the president seconded by the chairperson.

The recently opened new facility in The Lourdes was discussed at some length.  No one fully understood the strategy of the HSE in forsaking Ardee Mental Hospital which is still a serviceable building on a lovely site.  Some misgivings were expressed about the possible absence of a community aspect within the new facility.  Others thought patients might appreciate the privacy afforded by en-suite single rooms. 

Leonard will attend on behalf of IMPERO the ENUSP seminar in Berlin on 13, 14, 15 November 2016.  The Archbishop led the meeting in an extempore prayer for Leonard that he will have the strength to accomplish the journey and that he will make friends and enjoy himself.

Leonard is to investigate with his vestry the possibility of holding the Spring interim meeting in February in St. Mary’s Church of Ireland, Ardee.

The meeting complimented Leonard who has recently been appointed commissioner for oaths in The High Court.

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Annual General Assembly 2016

June 13, 2016

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The annual general assembly opened at 14:00 on Saturday 11 June 2016 in the community facility of Tesco Extra, Dundalk, with an extempore prayer from The Archbishop asking the spirit for guidance.

Present were: Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes OMD PhD; Sean Crudden; Francis McCormack, Edward S. Crudden.

Apologies were received from: Anne Muldowney; Leonard Hatrick, Kevin McGeough; Paul Smyth.

The minutes of the previous general assembly were read and adopted on the proposal of The Archbishop seconded by Teddy.

Discussion of Planning for The Future the expert report dated December 1984 included some of the following remarks.

Perfect plan for the doctors.

Patients are fighting dejection, struggling for motivation, drowned by stigma.

The Mental Health Commission not representing the interests of patients.

The MHC protects the system like TTIP protects business.

The MHC’s view is the one reflected all the time.

Giving the impression that they were even handed

Secret organisation

Psychiatric patients cannot even make a complaint to An Garda or Amnesty

Medication.  Stigma.  Incapacitated. Degenerate

Families have to cope with the fall-out of medication.

The whole of society is a mental hospital.

Medication is convenient not beneficial

Mental patients are less valued.

Reviews like A Vision for Change (2006) are only kicking the problem down the road.

Victims Charter and Disability Rights Law not ratified.

Representation is stitched up.

The following officers were elected unanimously for the coming year.

President: Leonard Hatrick PC

Chairperson: Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes OMD PhD

Vice-chairperson: Mrs. Anne M. Muldowney

Secretary: Sean Crudden

Treasurer: Edward Crudden

Francis McCormack will undertake the role of Mentor for at least the coming year.

The Autumn Interim meeting was fixed for Saturday 29 October 2016 at 14:00 in Tesco Extra

The Spring Interim Meeting was fixed for Saturday 25 February at 14:00

Next year’s Annual General Assembly was fixed for Saturday 17 June 2017 starting at 14:00

Disinvitation: Dominate: Smoking Ban: Fear

February 21, 2016

The Spring interim meeting of IMPERO took place in Brian Muldoon’s Bar, Ardee, Co. Louth, Ireland; on Saturday 20 February 2016 starting at 15:00.

Present were: Anne Muldowney, vice-chairperson; Seán Crudden, secretary; Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes OMD PhD, chairperson; Leonard Hatrick PC, president; Francis McCormack; Domini Turley.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read aloud by Leonard Hatrick.  The minutes were adopted unanimously on the proposal of Leonard seconded by the Archbishop.

The article The Danish Girl http://www.indymedia.ie/article/105651 written by Seán was read aloud by Anne Muldowney.  Anne received compliments on the way she read the article.  There was some discussion on the meaning of the word “ersatz.”

Seán read aloud a series of e-mails, one from Olga Kalina chirperson of ENUSP, dealing with BPE’s proposal to disinvite the WPA congress in Berlin slated for 2017.  IMPERO seems happy to back the proposal of the German organisation BPE.  However there is no intention of dictating to ENUSP what its attitude should be.

There was some discussion about the power of psychiatry.  It was felt that it dominates the legal profession and human rights organisations.  Fear is used to control people the way it used to be used in the Catholic Church and in the police.  Anne Muldowney asserted, “the one thing patients should not have is fear.”

IMPERO has closed its account in Ulster Bank and opened instead a post office account in Jenkinstown PO.  To withdraw cash from the account two signatures are required.  Sean Crudden.  +M.D. Hynes.  There is €310 in the account.

Seán Crudden read aloud his journal for 13, 14, 15 December 2015 the days he attended the ENUSP empowerment seminar organised by MHE in Brussels.  “Interesting,” Leonard Hatrick commented.

The date 11 June 2016 was chosen for this year’s General Assembly of IMPERO.  Leonard will try to arrange a venue in Ardee subject to obtaining the correct indemnity insurance.

Leonard raised the practical problem of patients in Ardee Mental Hospital being forced by the smoking ban to go out to the gates of the hospital on the Kells road to smoke.

2015 in review

December 30, 2015

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Advancing Recovery in Ireland, UN, ENUSP

October 27, 2015

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Photo: Sean Crudden

Leonard Hatrick, president; Mrs. Anne Muldowney, vice-chairperson; Paul Smyth, mentor; Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes OMD PhD, chairperson: pictured after the IMPERO Autumn interim meeting held in Brian Muldoon’s Restaurant, Ardee, Co. Louth starting at 14:00 on Saturday 24 October, 2015

The Autumn interim meeting of IMPERO  took place in Brain Muldoon’s Bar in Ardee, on Saturday 24 October 2015.  Present were: Sean Crudden, secretary; Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes; Francis McCormack; Paul Smyth; Leonard Hatrick PC; Mrs. Anne Muldowney.

Apologies were received from Kevin McGeough and Joan Hardy.

The chairperson, Michael Desmond Hynes, welcomed everyone and thanked Leonard for arranging the venue.

Sean read aloud the minutes of the previous interim meeting in February from the IMPERO site on the internet using his tablet computer.  The minutes were adopted on the proposal of Anne seconded by the Archbishop.

Sean asserted that mental patients had been degraded and suppressed over the past 70 years.  ARI is the latest vehicle to try to improve the situation.  Advancing Recovery in Ireland.  Sean pointed out that recovery in this context was a spurious or ersatz type of recovery maintained and bolstered up by strong medication.  It was not recovery in a true or absolute sense.  If drugs are the answer to the problem then newer and more acceptable drugs are required to replace the crude elixirs of the present day.  There was a noticeable feeling of paranoia in the meeting about ARI and someone expressed the hope that it would not be merely a whitewash.

Francis McCormack was delegated the task of trying to find our why IMPERO’s registration to attend the UN Summit on 25 September 2015 had been thwarted.  The summit which took place on the day Pope Francis visited the UN was held to launch the post 2015 sustainable development agenda.  IMPERO had taken an active part in the on-line discussions among Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) leading up to the development of the agenda.

Sean will attend the ENUSP empowerment seminar in Brussels from 13 —> 15 December 2015, DV.

There was a measure of discussion around the issue of the way mental patients are being represented in Ireland at the present time.

IMPERO has ~ €350 cash on deposit in a reserve business account in Ulster Bank, 100 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk.

The next interim meeting of IMPERO will take place on Saturday 20 February 2016 in Brian Muldoon’s Restaurant, Ardee, starting at 15:00.

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Photo: Francis McCormack

Seán Crudden pictured in Brian Muldoon’s Restaurant on Saturday 24 October 2015 after the IMPERO Autumn interim meeting.

IMPERO General Assembly, 2015

June 15, 2015

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Arhbishop Michael Desmond Hynes OMD PhD, Leonard Hatrick PC, Mark Doran, Edward S Crudden: pictured in the community facility, Tesco Extra, after the General Assembly

Photo: Sean Crudden

The General Assembly of IMPERO for 2015 took place in the community facility, Tesco Extra, Dundalk, starting at 14:00 on Saturday 13 June 2015.

Agenda

  1. Minutes of General Assembly 2014
  2. Matters Arising
  3. Correspondence with Olga Kalina, chairperson of ENUSP
  4. Financial Report
  5. Election of officers and selection of mentor for the coming year
  6. Strategy
  7. Any other business

Present: Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes, Leonard Hatrick, Mark Doran, Sean Crudden, Edward S Crudden

Apologies: Michael O’Hanlon, Peter Murphy, Anne Muldowney, Kevin McGeough, Paul Smyth

Someone said that the EC is dominated by international drug companies.  Another remarked that the structure of the country affects mental health e.g. austerity.  Everyone agreed that there is no evidence that the European Union is doing anything to advance in Ireland the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

IMPERO reserve business account is in credit to the tune of €307.27.

It was felt that residential facilities like Ardee Mental Hospital should be kept open because many mental patients are operating at reduced capacity due to the effects of medication and increasing age and should not be expected to fend for themselves.

The following officers were elected unanimously.  President; Leonard Hatrick PC: Chairperson; Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes OMD PhD: Vice-chairperson; Anne M. Muldowney: Secretary; Sean Crudden B.Sc., H dip in Ed: Treasurer; Kevin McGeough BBS: Auditor; Edward S. Crudden B Comm.

Paul Smyth was selected as mentor of IMPERO for the coming year.

The Autumn interim meeting was fixed for Saturday 24 October 2015 starting at 14:00 in Brian Muldoon’s Restaurant, Ardee.  The Spring interim meeting will be held in the community facility, Tesco Extra, Dundalk, starting at 14:00 on Saturday 20 February 2016.

Derek Pepper’s radio show on mental health on Dundalk FM 100 was mentioned.  Mark said there was a necessity to reduce suicide rates.  Sean promised to keep members up-to-date on the progress of ARI (Advancing Recovery in Ireland).

The meeting was unanimous in congratulating Leonard on his recent appointment as a Peace Commissioner.

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Sean Crudden, secretary and founder of IMPERO, pictured after the meeting.

Photo: Leonard Hatrick

Spring Interim Meeting 2015

February 24, 2015

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Our Lady of The Wayside Church, Jenkinstown.

Photo: Sean Crudden

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Mrs. Anne Muldowney in the foyer of Our Lady of The Wayside Church after a successful meeting of IMPERO on 21 February 2015

Photo: Sean Crudden

Sean Crudden, secretary; Anne Muldowney, chairperson; Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes, vice-chairperson: attended the meeting in the meeting room of Our Lady of The Wayside Church, Jenkinstown, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland.  Apologies were received from Leonard Hatrick, president; Peter Murphy, mentor.

The meeting was opened by the archbishop who spoke an extempore prayer seeking help from above and hoping for a friendly meeting and a positive outcome.

The minutes of the previous meeting on 15 November 2014 were read aloud by the chairperson and were adopted on the proposal of the archbishop seconded by Anne. 

Arising from the minutes the secretary reported that the proposed reading of a play among ourselves had been put on the long finger due to the pressure of business. 

Sean read his journal for the four days he spent at the ENUSP international symposium and General Assembly which took place in Danhostel, Hillerod, from 11 December 2014 to 14 December 2014.

He said there had been a changing of the guard in ENUSP as a result of the general assembly.  John M. Kidney has replaced Seán as deputy board member for the NW Region of Europe.  The chairperson remarked that it was good to have an Irish representative on the board and complimented Seán on the work he had done since 2010 in and around the ENUSP board.  Sean remarked on the great work done by Karl Bach, Claus Beck, Gabriela Tanasan, in raising finance for and organising the General Assembly the first since Thessaloniki in 2010.  With a young, talented, largely female board prospects were good for the future of ENUSP he concluded

Some key phrases from the discussion on “Family, Stigma, Recreation” were as follows.  Practical supports.  Don’t get isolated.  Right not to be stigmatised.  Try to change the thinking on stigma.  What is it?  What does it mean?  Socially created.  Lack of awareness.  Accept cultures.  Stigma lessens with age.  Get in touch with your higher self.  Erase stigma.  Within families.  Jealousy, anger, revenge.  Why should one member of a family do that to another?  Ability to love and care for their family.  Not happening now.  Natural instincts.  Brainwashed.  Church?  Spiritual aspect.  Own spirituality.  People telling other people things that are not right.  Education?  Weigh things up better.  Do people down.  Humble. 

Seán said Joan Hardy had done a great job as mentor to IMPERO and pointed to a different but equally effective approach to mentoring by Professor Dennis Pringle who is current mentor of Cooley Environmental and Health Group.  Seán feels that the concept of mentoring might have a fruitful application for individuals in the situation of peer advocacy, peer support, assisted decision making.  The meeting decided to try to research the topic more fully at local level.

The archbishop and Anne agreed to cooperate in opening a Facebook page to try to improve IMPERO’s public relations.

IMPERO has ~ €290 in the bank.

It was decided to offer a meal of brown bread and salad before the General Assembly of IMPERO in June.  Those opting to avail of the meal would be expected to make a contribution of €10 each. 

The meeting adjourned sine die.