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Yes, it's that time of year again! We're starting to plan our big campaign of the year to try to protect mental health in next year's Budget. Budget Day is in October this year, so we have to work harder and earlier to get mental health on the agenda, and we need your help...



We're looking for volunteers to help us with our pre-budget campaign, from the end of August to the middle of October. We plan to have 30 petition days around the country. Can you help us out? As well as coming along to help our petition days around the country, we also need people to organise their own petition day, in their workplace, college or community. Contact Lara Kelly via lkelly@mentalhealthreform.ie or 01 6121422 to help out. Thank you!
Our Irish Times op ed 

In May, we had an opinion piece published in The Irish Times on the need to make sure the real changes outlined in the Government policy A Vision for Change are not forgotten about. "When a government policy is approaching its sell-by date and has not yet been fully implemented, there can be a temptation to consign it to a dusty shelf and think of it as yesterday's news". Read the full opinion piece.

Mental Health Commission vacancy

Deadline: 5pm Thursday 27th June. The Mental Health Commission has a number of vacancies for Assistant Inspectors of Mental Health Services, including a Service User vacancy. For more information on the positions, see the Commission's website.  

Mini marathon, massive thank you!

A big thank you to all of our mini marathon runners and fundraisers for your support for Mental Health Reform earlier this month. Your support helps us to keep on doing our work. If you are thinking of running a marathon, climbing a mountain or any other kind of challenge, please consider doing it to support Mental Health Reform. You can donate to us through our My Charity page online. Thank you again!

"Stagnant" mental health services

Earlier this month, Mental Health Reform expressed concern that the Inspector of mental health services has found that mental health services were ‘stagnant and perhaps have slipped backwards in 2012.’ The Inspector’s comments were published alongside the 2012 Annual Report of the Mental Health Commission. Read our full statement.
Two new member blogs

We're continuing our series of monthly member blogs, with blogs from May and June. In May, we heard from Tom about the value of peer support, while our June blog came to us from our member organisation, the Samaritans. Chairperson of Samaritans in Ireland Pio Fenton writes about their listening-ear service.

An update on our meetings

In the last two months, Mental Health Reform has held public consultation meetings in Dublin city centre, Wexford town, Castlebar and Balbriggan. The meetings are MHR's way of learning what is happening in mental health services locally. We then use this information in our policy submissions to Government and the HSE to promote improvements to mental health services.
Some common themes have emerged:
- the importance of the attitude of the professional involved, and how a hopeful or hopeless attitude can have a lasting effect on the person experiencing a mental health difficulty;
- the lack of out-of-hours support and the issue of people in crisis having to go to A&E for support;
- the lack of continuity of care and the difficulty of telling your story to a different doctor each time;
- the lack of support for family members;
- the fact that GPs often do not have the information to refer people on to the many support groups in the community;
- the issue of postcode lotteries and very different services being available to people, depending on what part of the country they live in.
If you would like to have your say on mental health services, you can share your experiences with us here.

MHR video 

Check out our 3 minute video explaining who we are and what we do.

New online:

Mental Health Reform has a new position paper online, on Improving the Complaints System for Mental Health Services. You can read the paper here, along with stories from people about their experiences of using mental health services and of wanting to make a complaint.
Mental Health Reform
6-9 Trinity Street
Dublin 2
(01) 6121422
info@mentalhealthreform.ie 
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