Members attending the MHR AGM 2016
The recently appointed mental health minister has said she is committed to promoting positive mental health.
Addressing the Mental Health Reform (MHR) AGM on Wednesday 06 July last, Minister Helen McEntee Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for mental health, said the two main objectives in her new role were to promote the importance of a national conversation to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health difficulties and to ensure mental health services are in place for those who need them.
“For me the vision for mental health and as Minister, is to get to a stage where it is ok to talk about it,” Minister McEntee said.
My job is to get the conversation moving and to make sure that it is underpinned by the services, she added.
Minister McEntee said the review of A Vision for Change and the establishment of the National Taskforce on Youth mental health were among the key priorities identified by the new government in its partnership agreement.
Minister McEntee also said that the new Government was committed to increasing funding for mental health year on year.
In conclusion the Minister said she looked forward to working with all those represented at the AGM and would ask MHR members for their advice, expertise and support in her new role.