February 2018 Update

Here is a quick update on what Mental Health Reform has been up to over the last couple of months. We hope you enjoy! 

News from the Oireachtas

Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Mental Healthcare
On February 13th, the Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Mental Healthcare heard from some service users about their experience of mental health services in Ireland. Service users included representatives from Pavee Point and Roma Centre, the Migrants Rights Council of Ireland and Belongto. You can listen back to the proceedings here.
Mental Health (Amendment) Bill 2017
On February 14th, Mental Health Reform went to watch the Mental Health (Amendment) Bill 2017 successfully pass through Committee Stage in the Seanad. The Bill will now proceed to Report Stage, having already passed all stages in the Dáil. This means that the Bill is very close to becoming law. The Bill seeks to strengthen people's rights when they are in hospital for their mental health. You can view the full debate transcript here.


In January, Mental Health Reform took part in the First Fortnight Festival by hosting the event, #InOurHourOfNeed. The event was aimed at developing innovative solutions to providing mental health services outside of office hours. People had the opportunity to discuss a number of different scenarios and develop appropriate responses. Speakers at the event included representatives from Pieta House, Dublin Simon and the HSE.

Our Recent Publications

Integrating Employment and Mental Health Services (IEMHS)
On the 8th February, Mental Health Reform launched Steps into Work, a report that outlined the results of our IEMHS project. THe IEMHS project piloted a model of evidence based support employment, know as Individual Placement and Support (IPS). IPS integrates local employment services with local mental health teams in order to secure employment for people with mental health difficulties. The project was successful in supporting 33 individuals into employment. You can read more here.
My Voice Matters
There are just two days left for you to complete the My Voice Matters national survey on people's experience of mental health services. This survey is the first, fully anonymous survey that aims to collect peoples experience of mental health services in Ireland. You can take part in the survey by clicking here.

Our Amazing Supporters

The Mighty Mile
We want to say a huge thank you again for the incredible support we received from the guys at The Might Mile. It was unbelievable so see so many people push their bodies to the limit, all in the aid of supporting improvements in mental health services in Ireland. We so look forward to working together again in the future!
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