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Hello and welcome to our last newsletter of 2013. Here's a quick round-up of our news and events:
Plans for January? 

The First Fortnight arts and mental health festival is on again this January, with arts, music, talk and theatre events taking place in Dublin and other locations during the first two weeks of the month.

Come along to Wood Quay Venue in Dublin 8 on Thursday 9th January at 6.30pm as broadcaster Marian Finucane chairs a public discussion on access to mental health services for people in a crisis.

Email info@mentalhealthreform.ie to book your place. It's free! More about the event
 

Members meet new National Director for Mental Health

This month, Mental Health Reform organised for many of our 39 member organisations to meet with the new National Director for Mental Health, Stephen Mulvany. 

We heard about the new Directorate's plans to develop a model of care and an implementation plan to deliver A Vision or Change. Stephen Mulvany also outlined plans to start tracking vital information about mental health services, as well as a commitment to look at measuring the social outcomes of mental health services - i.e. do people's lives improve?

Members got an opportunity to raise concerns, including how the HSE can deliver good quality mental health services with limited resources, the need for services to be accessible to the deaf community and ethnic minorities, and the need for people to be offered support beyond medication alone.

Christmas greetings from MHR!

Wishing you all a happy and peaceful Christmas and best wishes for 2014. Thank you for your continuing support. We look forward to working with you in 2014.

Our offices will be closed from 23rd December 2013 until 6th January 2014.

Support over the holiday period

If you need support over the holiday period, remember that the Samaritans are available to offer confidential support.

You can reach the Samaritans by phoning 1850 60 90 90 or by emailing jo@samaritans.org. 
HSE mental health funding delays will have human cost

On 18th December, the HSE published its National Service Plan for 2014, outlining planned spending and saving. We issued a press release expressing our frustration that mental health funding for 2014, and funds still due from 2013, will be delayed.

The reality is that if funding is delayed, there will be delays in appointing much-needed community mental health staff, including psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers. The knock-on effect will be that people in severe distress will have to wait longer for psychological therapy and other supports.

At the end of September 2013, 413 children had been waiting more than a year for a first appointment. The demand on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services is running at 13% above the expected level. Delays in delivering new staff and promised funds will have a human cost. Check out our Snapshot Analysis of the HSE Service Plan.
Thanks to our fundraisers

As 2014 draws to a close, we want to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped support our work by donating to Mental Health Reform.

So, thank you to CIT Choral Society for caroling for mental health, to Trinity College Student Union for raising money by selling candy canes, to the Institute of Art and Design in Dún Laoghaire for their mental health music evening, to Stephen Burke and his Movember moustache, and to Philip Reilly for his initiative Give Back Abroad.

If you have ideas for a fundraising event, please contact Lara on lkelly@mentalhealthreform.ie or donate whatever you can. Thanks for all the support in 2013!

Mental Health Reform

6-9 Trinity Street
Dublin 2
Phone: 01 6121422
Email info@mentalhealthreform.ie

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