World Mental Health Day 2015: Two new information resources launched

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Friday, October 9th, 2015
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The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Health and Social Care Board today launched two new information resources for people accessing mental health services in Northern Ireland. WMHDThe first of these resources, ‘Your Guide to Mental Health Services’, provides people with information on what to expect from their Mental Health Services. ‘Your Guide to Mental Health Services’, in pocket-sized format, is a summary of the ‘You in Mind Regional Mental Health Care Pathway’ which was launched on World Mental Health Day 2014. It has been designed by, and for, people with lived experience and their families across Northern Ireland. Explaining the key steps involved when mental health care is required, the leaflet will be provided to every person referred to secondary Mental Health Services. The launch today recognises World Mental Health Day which is observed on 10th October every year. The day provides an opportunity for all those working or interested in mental health issues to talk about their work, and what can be done to improve the experience and lives of people with mental health needs. Welcoming the launch, Fionnuala McAndrew, Director of Social Services and Children, HSCB, said, “The focus of this year’s World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health problems can live with dignity. “With this in mind, we wish to acknowledge the value we place on working alongside people with lived experience of mental health treatment and care. By co-producing Mental Health Services which are more personalised and person-focused we can improve the experience of people with mental health problems. She added, “The resources launched today have been jointly developed by people with lived experience, carers and professionals involved in commissioning and providing care.” Both ‘Your Guide to Mental Health Services’ and ‘You In Mind – Talking Yourself Well’ are available in electronic and hard copy versions. To access electronic versions download from the Health and Social Care Board website at www.hscboard.hscni.net/mentalhealth.

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