Celebrating Resilience and Change was the title of iCAAD Dublin 2019. We truly saw that happen last Tuesday at the iconic location, Croke Park in Dublin Centre. Almost 200 people attended the event which highlighted from the very offset something that was palpable throughout the whole day - there is an eagerness, a motivation for learning, sharing and understanding around this topic in Ireland. Each participant and speaker alike brought something unique and individual to the day through their open-mindedness, understanding of their own sectors and willingness to listen and learn. It was a humbling experience.

Each presentation brought it’s own insight and perspective on Resilience and Change, from Judy Crane with her statement - “We are not bad people trying to be good, we're wounded people trying to heal”, to Alex Bunting who transfixed the audience with his shocking statistics from Northern Ireland, brought a different, and necessary understanding to the word “resilience”, but also highlighted a vital point of real importance - this conference joined key people from Northern Ireland, Southern Ireland and mainland Uk together, all with the common goal to strive for change, but change isn’t possible without communication. He talked of a wall of silence. People suffering silently, but also looking at the silence between services, between countries and across borders. Communication is the key to change.

This is one of the things we are so passionate about at iCAAD - connection and communication amongst each other and between services. We want to help join the dots. Every single one of our presenters and delegates is helping do that.

The experiential workshops that took place in the afternoon, facilitated by experts in their fields, was where this idea of connection and communication culminated. Together, led by the incredible facilitators every nuance and possible interpretation of a case was explored. Courageous conversations were had, and most importantly collaborations and new relationships were formed.

We were so grateful to Paddy Creedon, David Brown, Oisín McConville and Dan Griffin the Directors of Imago Interventions International for co-hosting the event and making the day run so smoothly and work so well and also to Judy Crane from The Guest House Ocala, Dan Griffin from Imago and Janet Prindle from High Watch for flying all the way over from the states to share their expertise with us. Thanks to all of our Global Partners, without whom we couldn't achieve any of this. Finally a big thank you to each and every one of our speakers: Senator Francis Black; Dr Joe Barry; Alex Bunting; Professor Catherine Comiskey; Judy Crane; Mary Curtis; Aoife Dermody; Dan Griffin; Sean Harty; Dr Colleen M. Kelly; Janet Brindle and Marion Rackard.

We are a platform for expanding knowledge, connecting people, exchanging ideas, advancing wellbeing and for the prevention and treatment of Behavioural, Mental, and Emotional Health issues. I believe that our event in Dublin achieved this, and more. Thank you so much to everyone who came, participated and made it all possible.

A blog by Araminta Jonsson.