‘Distressing’ level of discrimination still faced by people with psychosis, survey finds
Mental Health Reform
by Stephen Sheil
2w ago
Shine, Mental Health Reform and the HSE National Clinical Programme for Early Intervention in Psychosis launches its third annual survey of individuals with lived experience of psychosis and their supporters A distressing level of discrimination is still faced by individuals with psychosis. That’s the finding of the Shine, Mental Health Reform and the HSE National Clinical Programme for Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) 2023 survey. The 2023 survey findings were released today to mark World Schizophrenia Day and launch the 2024 survey for people with lived experience of psychosis and t ..read more
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Mental Health Reform Welcomes Prioritisation of Mental Health Bill on Government Legislative Programme
Mental Health Reform
by Stephen Sheil
2M ago
Mental Health Reform, the national coalition for mental health, has today welcomed the inclusion of the Mental Health Bill in the Government’s Summer Legislative Programme. The Bill has been selected for priority publication and will be among the top legislative priorities for the Government in the coming months. Fiona Coyle, CEO, Mental Health Reform commented: “We welcome the important step taken by the Government to prioritise Ireland’s new mental health law. There is an urgent need to reform the Mental Health Act, 2001 to protect the rights of people receiving in-patient mental health car ..read more
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Neglect of prisoners with mental health difficulties exposes a prison system that is unfit for purpose
Mental Health Reform
by Stephen Sheil
3M ago
People with serious mental health difficulties are being incarcerated and neglected in a prison system that is unfit for purpose, according to a new report launched today by the Office of the Inspector of Prisons. The report reveals alarming deficiencies in the Irish prison system’s mental health services including critically low staffing numbers, poor living conditions and excessively long waiting lists. Findings show that people with complex mental health needs have been exposed to the risk of ill-treatment and harm due to severe deficits in care. Fiona Coyle, CEO, Mental Health Reform said ..read more
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Meet our Newest Board Member, Ciara Glynn
Mental Health Reform
by Stephen Sheil
4M ago
We sat down with the newest member of the MHR Board, Ciara Glynn, to find out a little bit more about her life and work. As the newest board member, can you tell us a little about your work in the Irish mental health sector? I’m a peer support worker and I was part of the first cohort of peer support workers, which is a new graded staff, that was employed by the HSE in 2017. I have been working in the HSE on a community mental health team for almost 7 years now. I would say there are two parts to my role as I see it: peer support and advocacy. One part is the work that I do with people and t ..read more
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Mental Health Reform urges Government to increase national mental health budget
Mental Health Reform
by Stephen Sheil
4M ago
Mental Health Reform, the national coalition for mental health, has expressed disappointment with the Government’s response to questions on mental health funding from the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Today marks the second day of Ireland’s fourth periodic review in which the Committee assessed the state’s compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural rights. Commenting on today’s proceedings, Fiona Coyle, CEO, Mental Health Reform said:  “The Government’s statement today on mental health funding is not a true reflection of the challe ..read more
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Christmas eCards 2023
Mental Health Reform
by Niamh O'Connor
5M ago
Spread Joy this Christmas with a Christmas eCard To celebrate the festive season, we’ve created a selection of Christmas eCards for you to send to your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours and, customers. They’re a great way to reduce paper use, so why not spread some joy this year with a Christmas eCard? By sending an eCard, you will be supporting Mental Health Reform to advocate for better mental health services in Ireland. Mental health services in Ireland have been underfunded and stretched to breaking point for many years. Thousands of people, including children, are struggling to ..read more
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Holiday eCards 2023
Mental Health Reform
by Niamh O'Connor
7M ago
Spread Joy this Christmas with a Holiday eCard To celebrate the festive season, we’ve created Holiday eCards for you to send to your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours and, customers. They’re a great way to reduce paper use, so why not spread some joy this year with a Holiday eCard? By sending an eCard, you will be supporting Mental Health Reform to advocate for better mental health services in Ireland. Mental health services in Ireland have been underfunded and stretched to breaking point for many years. Thousands of people, including children, are struggling to access the mental hea ..read more
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Action needed to address digital divide in mental health
Mental Health Reform
by Stephen Sheil
7M ago
Mental Health Reform in partnership with the HSE Mental Health Engagement and Recovery Office have today published a new report entitled ‘Digital Inclusion and Access to Mental Health Services.’ Digital mental health encompasses various services including online video therapy sessions, mental health apps, psychoeducation and online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) programmes. The report addresses the barriers and inequalities that create a “digital divide” which prevents disadvantaged socio-economic groups from accessing digital mental health services. The digital divide has a disproportio ..read more
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Mental health services will face increased pressures due to lack of new funding in Budget 2024
Mental Health Reform
by Stephen Sheil
7M ago
Mental Health Reform welcomes the allocation of an additional €75.2M for mental health in Budget 2024 but has expressed concern at the lack of funding for new mental health services.  The Government has allocated between €13M – €14M for the development of new measures in mental health. There has been no increase in development funding since last year despite inflationary pressures. Fiona Coyle, CEO, Mental Health Reform said: “The lack of new funding announced today will threaten the viability of mental health services in 2024. We believe that cost overruns in the health budget have jeop ..read more
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Over 60 leaders call on the Taoiseach to fund under-resourced mental health services
Mental Health Reform
by Niamh O'Connor
7M ago
Over 60 prominent leaders have signed an open letter calling on the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar to prioritise funding for the voluntary and community mental health sector in the upcoming budget. The letter, published by Mental Health Reform and its member organisations, urges the Government to invest an additional €115M in Ireland’s mental health services including €25M for voluntary and community providers to meet the growing demand for support. Read our letter to An Taoiseach.  The post Over 60 leaders call on the Taoiseach to fund under-resourced mental health services appeared first ..read more
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