Helping you get through tough times

Technology for Well-Being – Speakers

Youth Mental Health Ireland Conference Wellbeing Technology


Ella ArensmanProfessor Ella Arensman, MSc PhD, is Director of Research with the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) and Adjunct Professor with the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork, Ireland. She is currently President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). She is also Vice-President of the European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD).



Colin Healy

Colin Healy – Social Entrepeneur, Break Through For Life App

From Mallow in Co. Cork, Colin is a social entrepeneur who has been a client of our mental health services, is a recovering addict and a mental health advocate. Developer of the Break Through for Life application, Colin is taking on the challenge of using his personal experiences to develop initiatives and supports to help others who might be going through difficult times.

Breakthrough for life app .pdf (747KB)

jennifer ryan Jennifer Ryan

The founder of MyLife solutions, Jennifer has worked in schools as a guidance counsellor and is a qualified forensic psychologist. She lectures in TCD and UCD and works with schools around Ireland engaging with both parents and staff and students.She has brought the acclaimed ZAP assertiveness training program for children to Ireland following 16 year of the programme’s success in the UK at reducing bullying. Her work has been recognised by social entrepreneurs Ireland as an anti-bullying program with huge potential.


sarah jackson

Sarah Jackson

Coordinates, designs and implements National Strategy for Schools across Australia regarding mental health and well-being with by Inspire Foundation Australia. Creating universal access to engaging professional learning for educators, online classroom resources, apps, and online tools connected to the Australian Curriculum and Professional Teaching Standards.

Wellbeing@school: Supporting whole Australian school communities to foster wellbeing .pdf (2.55MB)


Colman Noctor

Colman Noctor

A psychoanalytical psychotherapist, Colman currently works in St Patrick’s Adolescent Service. He provides psychotherapeutic interventions to adolescents in both the in-patient and community settings. Colman is also the only Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Ireland and is currently completing a Doctorate in Psychotherapy in DCU. His research area is an exploration of influence of social media on young people.


john sharryDr John Sharry

Dr John Sharry is Clinical Director of Silver Cloud Health, co-founder of the Parents Plus Charity and adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology UCD. John is a mental health professional with 25 years experience, an author of twelve books on parenting and positive psychology and co-developer of the Parents Plus Programmes. He is also a leading researcher in the application of technology to mental health and co-developer of the SilverCloud online platform.



Rachel O'ConnellDr Rachel O’Connell

Rachel is a skilled professional with over 18 years experience of conducting research, engaging in policy making and building effective multi-stakeholder and government relations in the spheres of internet safety, security, privacy, e-health, national programmes of electronic identification and Mobile Identity. Rachel has an academic background and has led highly successful research teams and policy groups in a number of different countries. Rachel’s PhD focused on online criminal activity and the implications for investigative strategies.


brianoneillDr Brian O’Neill

Head of the School of Media at the Dublin Institute of Technology, and a researcher in media literacy and new media technologies. Brian is the author of reports and articles on media policy in relation to children, technology and new media. Brian is a member of the Internet Safety Advisory Committee and national contact for EU Kids Online in Ireland




MC for the conference Conall O Morain 

An experienced media and business professional, Conall is the presenter of the Sunday Business Show on Today FM and is the Managing Director of The Media Group that he founded in 2001. A contributer on economic and business issues to all of the national TV and Radio stations, Conall also writes for the Irish Daily Star as well as Op/Ed columns for the Sunday Business Post. He was Oireachtas Columnist of the Year Award winner last year.



Simon Grehan, coordinator of WebwiseSimon Grehan

Coordinator of Webwise, the internet safety initiative of the Professional Development Service for Teachers. Webwise promotes the safer more effective use of the internet by children in Ireland. Simon is actively involved both in researching children’s use of the internet, tracking emerging technologies and raising awareness of the risks associated with their use. Simon is a partner in the EU Kids Online Research Network and has published research on children’s online behaviour and the emerging risks for Irish children on the Internet. He was a member of the anti-bullying working group established by the Department of Education and Skills and was commissioned by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment to write a short course on Digital Media Literacy as part of the new Junior Cycle framework.