Chartered Accountants Ireland launches expanded support service for members and students, CA Support

Oct 10, 2019

CA Support now offers a full suite of support services to assist members and students during their lifetime association with the Institute.

To tie-in with Mental Health Week, Chartered Accountants of Ireland have just launched a newly improved suite of support services to all members and students which focuses on a proactive approach to mental health and wellbeing. Professional counselling, wellness coaching and mental health and resilience building workshops have been added to the existing list of services members and students can avail of through this newly improved CA Support service.

The launch was marked by an event held at Chartered Accountant House, where Dr Eddie Murphy, Clinical Psychologist and better known as the psychologist on RTE’s Operation Transformation delivered an engaging talk addressing the stigma around mental health while promoting an holistic approach to overall wellbeing.

Speaking at the CA Support service launch, Chartered Accountants Ireland President, Conall O’Halloran, said: “We are all only too aware of the growing number of mental health challenges facing both the general population (1 in 4) and among our student populations (1 in 3).  We know that a career in accountancy can be extremely rewarding and fulfilling for many.  However, we know that for some the road bumps they encounter along the way can be significant and come at a huge personal cost, both in their careers and with their mental health.  Unfortunately, the reality is that we have one of the highest rates of mental health illness in Europe, so this service could not come sooner for our members and students.” 

One of the other key components to the newly expanded service, is the publishing of a brand new website, providing access to hundreds of pages of content tailored specifically for the accountancy profession. Articles cover a wide range of issues affecting members and students over the course of their career lifecycle on topics such as emotional health, family life, diversity and inclusion challenges, and retirement planning.

This new service is a re-imagining of the original hardship fund, where members’ generous donations were deployed to those in need within the organisation.  These days it is a registered charity with its own board of directors. 

Sinead Donovan, chair of the Board of CA Support, spoke of her passion for the new vision for the service: “We’ve come a long way since the old benevolent fund model which was founded in 1928. Now we are much more than this.  We have evolved into a truly holistic, wellbeing service that provides a host of practical and emotional supports to any member or student in times of crisis, whether that be illness, bereavement, relationship breakdown, job loss, exam stress, or any mental health challenges.  We are sending out the message to all that it’s ok to be not ok.”


Visit the new CASupport website at: www.charteredaccountants.ie/casupport.