Many exciting things have been happening for HeadSpace. The launch on May 11th was a resounding success, with poetry readings from some of our contributors, music from the Howayas and a talk on the history of madness from a lecturer from University College Dublin. We got a great crowd and received fantastic feedback on every aspect of the magazine. Photos from the launch are here. We received some positive press coverage including from the Laois Nationalist, Carlow Nationalist, Near FM and Dublin City FM, and Orla Price, Lisa Burke and myself were honoured to be featured on Dil Wickremsinge’s show Global Village (listen back here, we start about 5 minutes in).
HeadSpace is now online at www.headspace-magazine.com, where you can read more about the magazine and ideas behind it, donate to support it, and even read an online version of the magazine for free. We now have free copies in psychiatric wards at St James Hospital, Dublin, and Midlands Regional Hospital Portaloise, and copies are also available in Tara House, a mental health support service in Wexford, and Roslyn Park School. We are in talks with several other facilities nationwide about expanding our distribution to their service users.
Last month we received the very exciting and welcome news that we have received a grant from Rehab Ireland and we are busy at work planning how to maximise this opportunity. We will be putting out a call for submissions for Issue 2 very soon – watch this space! Don’t forget to like our facebook page to keep up with the latest news!