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 follows the recent publication of the Sláintecare Implementation Strategy, which includes proposals for expanding community-based mental health services.


Discussion will focus 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 Government’s suicide prevention strategy and as the Department of Health reviews the Vision for Change strategy, with its focus on service quality and focus at a local level.


Delegates will consider 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.


They will also examine how best to tackle the challenges for improving early intervention, access to services and transitions in care, and addressing staffing issues into the future - as well as developments in professional regulation.


We expect further discussion on progress with concerns that have been raised  by the Mental Health Commission about systematic shortcomings, including inappropriate admission of children into adult mental health in-patient services.


 



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 Speakers

Aoife Ní Mhurchú

Head of HR, Sky Ireland

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

Dr 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