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In this month's newsletter, we're inviting you to join us at the First Fortnight arts & mental health festival in January, as well as updating you on our latest news. Thanks for your ongoing support! 
Shari, Lara and all the Mental Health Reform team.
MHR meets with Minister Lynch and National Director Stephen Mulvany 
In November, Mental Health Reform met with Minister Kathleen Lynch and with the new National Director for Mental Health, Stephen Mulvany.
In our meeting with Minister Lynch we raised a number of issues of concern, including: 
  • the slow progress in appointing the 477 community mental health staff promised for this year; 
  • the difficulty people are having in accessing mental health services when in a crisis
  • and funding to support people with mental health difficulties to move into independent living.
  • We asked Minister Lynch to ensure that the HSE reports regularly on access to psychological therapies.
If you have had difficulty in the past when trying to access services in crisis let us know. We want to give Minister Lynch a fuller picture of the current difficulties. 

In our meeting with the National Director for Mental Health, Stephen Mulvany, we discussed how to track the outcomes of mental health services, such as whether people's lives are getting better or whether they are in education or employment. We asked him to report regularly on the waiting lists for access to psychological therapies, as this is something that people consistently raise with us at our public meetings.

Meet our fundraisers 

We're delighted to highlight two of our fundraisers who are going to great efforts to raise funds for our work:
Philip Reilly has set up Give Back Abroad, which is encouraging Irish people living abroad to support mental health initiatives back home. Mental Health Reform and Headstrong have been chosen to benefit from this fundraising.
Meanwhile, Stephen Burke is cultivating a moustache for mental health as part of Movember!
Thanks to both of our featured fundraisers. If you would like to do a fundraiser for Mental Health Reform, contact Lara at
MHR in the news 

In the last month, Mental Health Reform has been getting our message about the need to reform Ireland's mental health services onto the airwaves. MHR's Shari McDaid was on TV3's Tonight with Vincent Browne (available for a limited time on the TV3 website) with Minister for Mental Health Kathleen Lynch. Shari challenged the Minister on the very slow progress so far in appointing the community mental health teams promised by the Government in last year's Budget.
Shari was also on Newstalk's Global Village talking about the idea of recovery from mental health difficulties. As always, we'd be happy to hear what you think of what we had to say. You can contact us on Twitter (@MHReform), on Facebook ( and by email to
Save the date - an invitation
As part of the First Fortnight arts & mental health festival in January 2014, Mental Health Reform will host an evening of discussion called "No Room at the Inn". Chaired by broadcaster Marian Finucane, our panellists will speak about access to crisis mental health services. Save the date: Thursday 9th January, 6.30pm, Wood Quay Venue, Dublin 8. Free admission, RSVP to Lara: We'd love to have you there.

MHR and children's mental health 

This summer, Mental Health Reform took over the chairing of the Children's Mental Health Coalition from Amnesty International Ireland. We are looking forward to working with the 50+ members of the coalition to push for improvements in mental health support for children and adolescents, including those in the care and youth justice systems. The coalition will meet with Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald in December.

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