Health Minister launches consultation on new mental health strategy

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Tuesday, January 5th, 2021
Politics

Health Minister Robin Swann has launched a public consultation on a new, ten-year Mental Health Strategy for Northern Ireland.

 

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The draft Strategy sets out a new vision for mental health in Northern Ireland as well as 29 high-level actions designed to take forward significant strategic change over the next decade.

 

 

The Minister said, “I am delighted to publish my Department’s draft Mental Health Strategy today for consultation.

“Mental ill-health is a huge challenge for our society.

“Too many people struggle with being mentally unwell and too many people find it difficult to find the help and support they need when they need it.

“I am determined to change that, and this Strategy is a key step towards doing just that.”

 

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Key actions set out in the draft Strategy include a commitment to developing a year on year action plan for mental health promotion; greater investment in and further roll-out of psychological therapy hubs in primary care; better integration between the statutory and community and voluntary sectors; as well as the creation of a single mental health service to ensure regional consistency, quality and access across Northern Ireland.

Minister Robin Swann continued, “Since becoming Health Minister I have repeatedly noted that mental health is one of my top priorities.

“I have taken action by appointing Northern Ireland’s first-ever Mental Health Champion with cross-Departmental support, by making new financial resources available to mental health, and by publishing a Mental Health Action Plan, including a Covid-19 Mental Health Response Plan.

“Whilst good progress continues to be made on the implementation of the Action Plan, the additional and significant pressures associated with the pandemic have meant that some target dates have had to be a