Written answers

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Department of Health

A Vision for Change

Photo of Mark WardMark Ward (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein)
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494. To ask the Minister for Health if the updated document A Vision for Change will be published; the reason it has been delayed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10623/20]

Photo of Jim DalyJim Daly (Cork South West, Fine Gael)
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Ireland’s new mental health policy Sharing the Vision – a Mental Health Policy for Everyone 2020-2030 has been approved by Government and is due to be published on Wednesday 17 June. This policy was developed following a process of research into international innovation and best practice in mental health and an extensive national consultation of over 1,000 service users, family members, friends and carers and other stakeholders. Sharing the Vision comes at a time when Covid-19 has impacted so negatively on the nation’s mental health. It advocates protecting health and wellbeing, getting appropriate care quickly and seeks that services provided are quality assured and safe.

As the publication of new policy is a major undertaking for any government, the view initially held was to wait for a new government to be established in order to provide uniform support for the mental health policy.


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