E-action – two weeks and counting

It is now two weeks since we asked you to email your local TDs to urge them to check the plan for community mental health services in your area over the summer, and to ensure that the promised new staff are in place by September. So far, 425 emails have been sent to politicians all … Read more

Mental Health Reform welcomes Independent Monitoring Group’s 6th annual report on A Vision for Change

Mental Health Reform welcomes the launch today (Tuesday 17th July) of the 6th Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Group (IMG) for A Vision for Change, which analyses progress towards the implementation of the Government’s mental health policy. Commenting on the report, Orla Barry, Director of Mental Health Reform, said: “We are now into the … Read more

“Mental health services must not be sacrificed”

Mental Health Reform’s Chairman Eddie Molloy argues in this week’s Irish Independent that mental health services must not be sacrificed to shore up the HSE deficit: “DURING a recent RTE radio programme, former supreme court judge Catherine McGuinness remarked on the report on the deaths of children in the care of the State that nearly … Read more

Mental Health Reform calls for clarification on mental health budget

Mental Health Reform is calling for clarification on the future of the mental health budget, following reports in today’s Irish Times that the €35 million earmarked for development of community mental health services could be used to shore up deficits in that area.   Director of Mental Health Reform, Orla Barry, commented on the reports, … Read more

Media attention focuses on funding for community mental health

Members and supporters of Mental Health Reform will be well aware of the Government’s commitment of €35 million in funding for mental health services in 2012, including €24 million for adult and child Community Mental Health Teams. The establishment of these teams, across the country, has long been called for by mental health campaigners, and … Read more

Mental Health Reform in the news about staffing

This week, Mental Health Reform has been calling for clarity from the Government and from the HSE on the staffing of Community Mental Health Teams. MHR Director, Orla Barry, was on Wednesday’s RTE 9 o’clock news, expressing concern at reports of funding for community mental health being diverted to meet budget overruns within the inpatient … Read more

Mental Health Reform in today’s Irish Times

Mental health group welcomes reforms EOIN BURKE-KENNEDY CAMPAIGN GROUP Mental Health Reform has welcomed Minister for Health James Reilly’s decision to proceed with establishing a new structure for the HSE. It will include a new directorate of mental health. Under the heads of a Bill approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday, the HSE board will … Read more

Mental Health Reform welcomes decision to recruit Director for Mental Health

Press Release Mental Health Reform welcomes the decision by Minister for Health Dr. James Reilly to proceed with the establishment of a new Directorate structure for the HSE, including the recruitment of a Director for Mental Health. This decision comes on foot of today’s approval by the Government of the Heads of Bill, which will … Read more

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