Policy Forum for Ireland

Priorities for mental health care in Ireland: promoting awareness and ensuring effective access pathways in adult care and the future for child mental health services

Morning, Wednesday, 24th October 2018

Central Dublin

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This timely seminar will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders to examine priorities for mental health care in Ireland.


It will include discussion on the Government’s priorities for mental health policy - including improving access to services and support for those in crisis as well as promoting youth mental health through the education system.


The seminar is also timed to examine the next steps in the delivery of the Connecting for Life - Ireland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide 2015-2020, and as the Department of Health reviews the 2006 ‘A Vision for Change’ strategy.


Further sessions will examine the recommendations from the National Youth Mental Health Task Force Report 2017 and the Seanad report on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service - including early intervention, access to services, transitions in care and how to tackle future staffing issues. The agenda will also discuss potential solutions to the challenges facing the delivery of an improved mental health service for young people.


Planned sessions will look at possible measures for raising awareness of mental health issues in the workplace, along with priorities for tackling stigma, developing effective care pathways and ensuring patient participation in care. Those attending will also consider the way ahead for strengthening standards of mental health services, particularly in light of the approval by the Oireachtas of the regulations designating the professions of counsellor and psychotherapist under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.


 



Guest of Honour

Jim Daly TD

Minister of State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People

Guest of Honour

Jim Daly TD

Minister of State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People

Keynote Speaker

Senator Joan Freeman

Chairperson, Joint Committee on the Future of Mental Health Care

Chairs

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD

Member, Joint Committee on the Future of Mental Health Care

Seán Crowe TD

Member, Joint Committee on the Future of Mental Health Care

Speakers

Dr Susan Finnerty

Inspector of Mental Health Services, Mental Health Commission

Dr Amanda Burke

Executive Clinical Director, Galway/Roscommon Mental Health Services

Dr Miriam Kennedy

Director, Communication and Public Education, The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland and Consultant Psychiatrist, General Adult and Later Life Psychiatry, Highfield Healthcare

Patsy McCaughey

Deputy Principal and Educational Psychologist, The High School, Dublin

Joseph Duffy

Chief Executive Officer, Jigsaw

Dr Shari McDaid

Director, Mental Health Reform

John Saunders

Chief Executive Officer, Shine and Director, See Change - The National Stigma Reduction Programme

Cindy O’Shea

Irish Regional Director, Samaritans

Lisa Molloy

Chief Executive Officer, Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Barbara Brennan

Mental Health Consultant

Dr Brian Osborne

Director, Mental Health Programme, ICGP