Who we are

Mental Health Reform is the leading national coalition on mental health in Ireland. We have over 60 member organisations, representing a broad range of interests, like housing, disability, children’s rights, human rights, ethnic minorities and many others. Mental Health Reform provides a unified voice campaigning to drive progressive reform of mental health services and supports in Ireland.

What we do

  • Coordination & Policy Development:
    • We draw on the expertise and experience, and coordinate the views of our member organisations. 
    • We represent the sector in public forums.
    • We prepare policy submissions on behalf of our member organisations, informed by our Grassroots Forum and other advisory groups.
  • Research & Innovation:
    • We consult with with people who use services and family members, reporting their experiences to Government and its agencies.
    • We conduct research to identify unmet needs and good practice solutions. 
    • We support and demonstrate innovation in the way that mental health supports are provided. 
    • We develop good practice guidelines and policy recommendations based on consultation and research.  
  • Accountability & Advocacy:
    • We monitor progress on Government commitments and hold the Government and its agencies to account for delivery.
    • We mobilise our membership and wider supporter network to make publicly visible the support for a better mental health system. 

Through coordination and policy development, research and innovation, accountability and collective advocacy we will have a demonstrable impact on the system of supports that fosters people's mental health in Ireland.

Our Vision

An Ireland where everyone can access the support they need in their community to achieve their best possible mental health.

Our Mission

To be the unifying voice that drives progressive reform of mental health services and supports in Ireland.

Our Values

  • Best international standards and human rights norms: We will consistently invoke best international standards and human rights norms as the benchmark we expect all parties to aspire to and progressively deliver.
  • Equitable access to high quality mental health services: We promote a model of health and social care where everyone has equal access to affordable, sustainable and high quality, primary care and recovery oriented mental health services.
  • Empowerment of individuals and mobilisation of local communities: We operate from a conviction that the views and active participation of the person who experiences mental health difficulties and their support networks are pivotal to achieving best outcomes and that integrated services at local community level constitute the best enabling context.
  • Independence and integrity: Our authority stems from our independence. We campaign with integrity demonstrating respect for all stakeholders and without fear or favour.
  • Focus on value-added activity: Our focus is on activity that adds distinctive value to the work of the members and avoids duplication of their efforts.
  • Financial stewardship: We will operate efficiently, making best use of the resources entrusted to us.
  • Accountability: We will be accountable for our effectiveness to our members via the Board with timely, accurate and comprehensive information.
  • Authoritative voice: We will root our recommendations in consultation with stakeholders and in international and national evidence of good practice.
  • Principled pragmatism: We will hold true to our principles while working towards pragmatic steps forward in reform of the mental health system.
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