First Fortnight 2012: Announcing Ireland’s National Mental


Call out to artists, thinkers, voluntary groups, dreamers, actors, students and change-makers!


First Fortnight is an arts-based mental health awareness project that happens in the first two weeks of every year. Fresh from the success of a hugely successful event with Amnesty International Ireland in January 2011, First Fortnight and See Change need your help to make the project bigger, better and nationwide in the first two weeks of 2012.

Here at See Change, we’ve been looking at ways to emulate the massive success of the annual Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. We’re incredibly excited to be working with First Fortnight in 2011 & 2012 to lay the foundations for an annual, alternative and arts-based look at mental health and stigma.

To make this happen, we need your help. We want to use the partnership model to bring groups and communities together, to combine our efforts to make this a genuinely grass roots driven, national festival. So many incredible initiatives happen every year in Ireland in the area of mental health; we want to bring these together in the first fortnight of 2012, under the one banner, to help us put mental health firmly on the national agenda.

We want to work with groups and organisations – big and small – to hold a whole series of nationwide arts-based activities in the first fortnight of January 2012. You can help us make the first two weeks of 2012 – and every year – synonymous with mental health awareness and ending the stigma of mental health problems. Your event or project will be included in the national First Fortnight 2012 events programme, ensuring a higher profile and a bigger local and national impact.

We want to hear from everyone who thinks that Ireland needs to talk about mental health. That means voluntary groups, activists, artists, dreamers, thinkers, painters, actors, writers, students and anyone who wants to see change. Got an idea? Share it with us at
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More information

  • If you’re a See Change partner, and want to get involved in 2012, contact Mark at 01 860 1620

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