Coalition Conversations “The Community Context: Learnings from Samaritans Ireland”

We are delighted to present the third edition in the Coalition Conversations series, “The Community Context: Learnings from Samaritans Ireland” As we are confronted with COVID-19 and what are worrying times, the support provided by the community and voluntary sector has never been more important. This new way of living and the uncertainty we face will … Read more Coalition Conversations “The Community Context: Learnings from Samaritans Ireland”

People with mental health difficulties must have their rights respected

Mental Health Reform, the national coalition on mental health, is today reacting with concern to the Mental Health Commission’s annual report for 2019. “The Mental Health Commission’s annual report marks another year where we have failed to make a meaningful impact on the delivery of fundamental improvements in mental health services in Ireland. Behind every … Read more People with mental health difficulties must have their rights respected

Survey shows huge demand for increased mental health resources in response to COVID-19

Today, Mental Health Reform present research that demonstrates significant public demand for greater action from Government and its agencies to respond to the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The research was the result of a collaboration between Mental Health Reform and the COVID-19 Psychological Research Consortium (C19PRC), a group of mental health researchers … Read more Survey shows huge demand for increased mental health resources in response to COVID-19

Government approval of Ireland’s new mental health policy

Mental Health Reform, the national coalition on mental health, today welcomes the Government’s approval of Ireland’s new mental health policy, ‘Sharing the Vision – a Mental Health Policy for Everyone’ for the period 2020-2030. Speaking this morning, CEO for Mental Health Reform, Fiona Coyle said “We welcome the important step taken by the Government last … Read more Government approval of Ireland’s new mental health policy

Call on Government for immediate publication of national mental health policy

Mental Health Reform, the national coalition on mental health, has today called on the Government to immediately publish the refreshed national mental health policy, A Vision for Change, to allow for fully informed programme for Government talks and so cohesive post-COVID-19 mental health planning can begin. CEO of Mental Health Reform, Fiona Coyle, said, “It is clear to … Read more Call on Government for immediate publication of national mental health policy

Call for Special Committee on COVID-19 Response to make mental health a priority

Today, the Special Committee on COVID-19 Response will meet. Mental Health Reform has leveraged strong cross-party support for need to immediately publish new the refresh of A Vision for Change. Publishing A Vision for Change, the national mental health policy, is essential part of making mental health a priority in Government response to COVID-19 and … Read more Call for Special Committee on COVID-19 Response to make mental health a priority

Mental Health Reform raises concerns with Minister Harris

Today, Mental Health Reform met with Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD. During the teleconference, we raised the concerns of our 75 member organisations working in mental health services and supports, how the pandemic is placing significant burden on peoples mental health, and the need to publish the refresh of the national policy for mental … Read more Mental Health Reform raises concerns with Minister Harris

Light a candle of HOPE

On May 4th, the team behind the Walk of HOPE invited everyone to light a candle as a sign of support, strength and solidarity with all those who have experienced mental health difficulties, their supporters and mental health workers. The Walk of HOPE was set up by a group of mothers who had lost members … Read more Light a candle of HOPE

Request put to Government for Human Rights Impact Assessment

Mental Health Reform, alongside rights and representative organisations, wrote to An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to request a Human Rights Impact Assessment before a review of current restrictions in response to COVID-19, due to take place on 5 May. The State should also collect and publish statistics and information on communities most affected by COVID-19 and … Read more Request put to Government for Human Rights Impact Assessment

€25M from Budget 2019 have not yet been released by the Department of Health

Recent reports show that €25M from Budget 2019 have not yet been released by the Department of Health for mental health services and supports. Given increase in demand for mental health services, such as a 40% increase in demand for CAMHS in recent years and there are just 68 more staff in the HSE than … Read more €25M from Budget 2019 have not yet been released by the Department of Health

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