Making Ireland a leader in mental health services

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, has said comprehensive mental health policies are needed in new Government.

Deputy Farrell said, “We need a whole of government approach to mental health in Ireland and I am pleased that the Programme for Government has set out an extensive range of initiatives to develop our existing approach to mental health.”

“Included within the Programme for Government are commitments to increase the number of Authorised Officers to support families, integrate services with NGOs and improve our assessment procedures, in order to make sure people are getting the appropriate services.”

Deputy Farrell continued, “I believe that we can and should become an international model for mental health care. The opening of the new National Forensic Mental Hospital in Portrane, Fingal, will provide a state-of-the-art service that will improve the care given to patients.”

“For too long, as a nation, we have overlooked metal health. This has led to the growth in stigma and silence, which has caused untold suffering. However, I believe we should set ourselves an ambitious goal of becoming a global leader in mental health care.”

“Launching extensive and long-lasting programmes such as educational awareness, increased access to services and improved care pathways, all in conjunction with stakeholders and non-governmental organisations can lead to a dramatically improved approach.”

Deputy Farrell added, “Shining a light on these issues will send an important message to all our citizens and help propel us to a more open and compassionate society, one that I believe we all want to achieve.”

“Making mental health a community health issue has the potential to save many lives and leave a lasting improvement in operation for future generations.”