Recent strategic direction for mental health in Northern Ireland has been reliant on the Bamford Review which published its reports between 2005 and 2007. The Review and its subsequent action plans were widely accepted to be a catalyst for the development of improved mental health and learning disability services in Northern Ireland, albeit with the recognition that some needs and gaps within services remained. It is now essential that the good work undertaken by statutory Health and Social Care organisations, independent contractors and the voluntary and community sector to progress the Bamford recommendations is consolidated and built upon. The co-produced Mental Health Action Plan published on 19 May 2020 by the Health Minister, Robin Swann MLA, set out a number of short term service improvements, but also laid the foundations for longer term strategic change. The first action set out in the Action Plan is to ‘co-produce a sustainable mental health strategy based on the needs of people, created through cross Departmental, cross sectoral and multidisciplinary co-production’.
This draft Strategy has been co-produced together with a broad range of stakeholders, including people with lived experience, carers, the interim Mental Health Champion, health and social care professionals, academics, the voluntary and community sector, other government departments and professional bodies.
You are encouraged to share your views on the draft Strategy using the online questionnaire available on the Citizen Space website, which can be accessed via the link below, or by submitting an email or hard copy response.
An Easy Read and Children and Young People friendly versions of the draft Strategy will be made available in January 2021.
The Mental Health Strategy Consultation Privacy Statement is also available on the Department of Health website.
Please note the closing date for responses is 17.00 on Friday 26 March 2021.