About Us

Cork Mental Health Housing Association

Actively supports and empowers persons with a mental health difficulty through the promotion and provision of high quality housing services.

Cork Mental Health Foundation

Aims to promote positive mental health, to support people with mental health difficulties and to create awareness and understanding of mental health.

Our History

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1962

Cork Mental Health Association Was Founded to advocate for people with mental health difficulties.

July 1990
1990

Opened our first independent living house in the community of Ballincollig.

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1996

Reflecting Through Art Exhibition Launched

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1997

President Mary Robinson officially opened our offices in Penrose Wharf.

1996-1999
1996-1999

Solus Nua 1996-1999

After 3 years in development, our first 14-bed residential unit in Mallow was officially opened by Micheál Martin

96’ - Breaking of the ground

99’ - Official opening

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 2006

Changed name to Cork Mental Health Housing Association with the mission of addressing Housing development and management for people with mental health difficulties.

2010 - 2019
 2010 - 2019

13 more properties and supporting 4 more properties with tenancy support!

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July 2018

Aurora Charity Shop opened.

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2019

The Next Step Project.

JITP 2023
July 2021

Joy in the Park Launched

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October 2021

Clonakilty Resource Centre Opened.

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2022

Celebrated 60 Years.

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November 2022

Mental Health Tenancy Sustainment Officer role was established, providing another new service to the people of Cork

April 2023 Hub Opening
April 2023

The Hub - Fermoy opened.

June 2023

Bridge Street Community Cafe Launched.

July 2023
July 2023

Solace Cafe opened.

October 2023
October 2023

The Next Step and Solace Cafe officially opened their new premise: 22 O’Sullivan’s Quay Cork.

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March 2024

Solace Cafe officially launched.

Cork Mental Health Association was founded in 1962 to advocate for those with mental health difficulties and has grown and developed over the years into the organisation we see today.

In October 2006 Cork Mental Health Association changed its name to Cork Mental Health Housing Association, which deals with all housing development and management matters. A new company, Cork Mental Health Foundation, was set up to address the education and fundraising business of the former Cork Mental Health Association.

Cork Mental Health Housing Association is a voluntary organisation, which actively supports and empowers persons with a mental health difficutly through the promotion and provision of high quality housing services. Cork Mental Health Foundation is also a voluntary organisation whose aims are to promote positive mental health, to support people with mental health difficulties and to create awareness and understanding of mental health.

The Foundation provides numerous educational projects which you can get more information on in our Education section of this website. The Foundation also gives presentations, as requested, to community, voluntary and statutory groups in the area of mental health promotion.

Cork Mental Health Housing Association supports people with mental health difficulties through building and managing Social Housing Projects in Cork City & County. Currently we have 35 properties supporting over 110 residents. You can get more detail on our housing projects in the housing section of our website.

Both Cork Mental Health Housing Association and Cork Mental Health Foundation rely heavily on our volunteers to support us in carrying out our work and we acknowledge their commitment and support in giving of their time so generously.

Meet The Team

Mr. Brendan McCarthy
Chief Executive Officer
brendan@corkmentalhealth.com

Ms. Olive Kelly
Housing Officer
olive@corkmentalhealth.com

Ms. Elaine Manley
Office Manager
admin@corkmentalhealth.com

Ms. Maura Duffy
Accounts Administrator
accounts@corkmentalhealth.com

Ms. Susan Crowley
Education & Community Officer
susan@corkmentalhealth.com | 085 7161960

Ms. Aisling Keane

Mental Health Promotion Officer
aisling@corkmentalhealth.com | 083 0919833

Ms. Yvonne Farmer
Mental Health Tenancy Sustainment Officer
tso@corkmentalhealth.com | 083 1776266

Ms. Breda Richardson
Operations Manager
Solace Cafe
breda.solace@corkmentalhealth.com | 083 4800312

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Meet The Board

Chairperson – Ms. Adrienne Adams

Vice Chairperson – Ms. Mags Creed

Hon Treasurer- Mr. John Daly

Hon Secretary – Mr. Vincent Murphy

Other Board members

Mr. Willie McAuiliffe

Ms. Sabrina Mackey

Ms. Margaret Keohane

Ms. Carol Kiely

Ms. Caroline Hayes

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