Dr Tony Bates

Mindful Nation Ireland

Dr Tony Bates is a Clinical Psychologist. He was Head of Psychology for 30 years in St James’s Hospital Dublin and established and directed the MSc Cognitive Psychotherapy in TCD until 2006. He founded Jigsaw (The National Centre for Youth Mental Health) in 2006 to serve young people and their mental health needs. He was CEO until his retirement in 2018. Tony has been active in shaping and writing government policy since 2006. He was made honorary Professor of Psychology in UCD in September 2018 as a tribute to his contribution to the field. He trained as a mindfulness teacher in University of North Wales, Bangor in 2001 and has been active since in disseminating Mindfulness in Ireland. Tony now lives on a cliff outside Grange, north of Sligo, where he writes, consults and looks after over 100 wild birds, a wild fox, a badger and a tribe of wild rabbits. Father of three, grandfather of four.