Dr. Stephen Bradley
Stephen Bradley is the Head of Training and Development for Hope Training, now based in Roscommon. His desire is to develop a stronger link between faith and mental health. He was previously a Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at University College of Cork. He brings experience gained through over twenty years in clinical practice in the UK; having worked with clients of all ages at one time or another. However, his particular concern is with the issues confronting younger clients (approx. 15-25yrs) facing ‘mental health issues’.
He is a passionate believer in research and development that is grounded in the ‘real world’ and in encouraging mental health nurses at all levels to become involved in research and practice development.
At a time of immense change, and challenge, for mental health services in Ireland, he is also interested in issues around how to encourage and support communities to become more ‘mental health friendly’. To this end he is undertaking to develop a body of work that investigates the interface between Christian faith community and mental health/wellbeing; to make recommendations for best practice development and progress supporting educational/training programmes/activities.
He has been working for the last seven years with Hope Trust, Co. Roscommon in developing workshops that aim to equip individuals and community groups to be better able to ‘care’ for family, friends and neighbours.
He is married to Carol, has two daughters and one granddaughter