October 2011

Ireland's 1st International Conference on Addiction & Behavioural Health

Ireland's first International Conference and Exhibition on behavioural health including addiction is taking place from 10th -12th November 2011. World-leading International and local speakers will be presenting on and discussing the latest neurological developments and effective treatments for the various aspects of addiction and recovery, including Sex and Eating Addictions, Gambling, Trauma, Anxiety and Depression, Addiction and Family, Alcohol and Drug Addiction and Internet and Video Games Addiction.

Parental Substance Misuse: Impact on Children

We attended a very interesting seminar on Parental Substance Misuse: Addressing its Impact on Children. It was jointly hosted by the NACD, the Health Service Executive (HSE) and Alcohol Action Ireland.

An overview is linked below as well as a link to Róisín Shortall, Minister of State with responsibility for Primary Care at the Department of Health, giving the opening address:



Songs for a Winters Evening

Soprano Mary Flynn and Friends are planning a wonderful evening of Music & Song in aid of The RISE Foundation and St. Francis Hospice Blanchardstown. It's taking place on Friday, October 21st at 8pm in St. Mochta's Church, Porterstown.

Tickets €15 are available from the parish office or contact Sally (085)286 9380 or Mary (087)258 5398.

An evening of Fashion & Fun For RISE

A Charity Fashion Show is being organised by a wonderful group of people in aid of The RISE Foundation. It's taking place on Friday, November 4th @ 7:30pm in the Swan Lane Venue, Ardboyne Hotel, Navan, Co. Meath.

Tickets are available at €20 each from Marian on 0868572022.

Please come along if you can as it should be a really great event!

Places Available on Residential Family Programme (Oct. 23rd - 28th)

Due to cancellations, we have 2 places left on our 5-day Residential Family Programme on Rathlin Island (Co. Antrim). It take place from Sunday, October 23rd to Friday 28th.

So if you or someone you know has been impacted by a loved ones addiction and are looking for professional help and support in a caring environment, please click on the Family Programmes section for further details or call the RISE office on (01)764 5131.

Online Gambling Addiction Hitting Irish Women

Gambling has traditionally been a male dominated area, but this is changing with the growth in popularity of online gambling among Irish women. Online gambling addiction is a consequence and a growing problem that destroys lives - and it's increasingly affecting women as the linked article below highlights.


Best Will in the World Week (Oct. 17th - 21st)

During this week, My Legacy are encouraging members of the general public to visit a local participating solicitor to have a will drawn up or changed and to consider leaving a legacy to their favourite charity. See link below for further details.


Ironman Sidney - Impossible is Nothing!!!

At 19 years of age Sidney broke his 2 legs and was told by doctors he would never walk again. At 27 Sidney ran his first 26.2 mile marathon. And at 50, after running 40 marathons, Sidney completed his first Ironman in France last year...but NOT his last!

Sidney is currently training very hard as he has just 1 month to go before he competes in the Ironman Florida. He is very kindly doing it to raise much needed funds for RISE.

PLEASE sponsor him through his fundraising page on mycharity.ie linked below.

Radical steps urged to tackle drink abuse...

"Most of the local drugs task forces will tell you that alcohol is doing far more damage to families and communities than illegal drugs...not to minimise the devastating impact of the drugs crisis." - Róisín Shortall (Minister of State, Department of Health)