Mental Health Champion welcomes the announcement of the new Regional Mental Health Service for NI

Health Minister Robin Swann on World Mental Health Day has announced new arrangements for a Regional Mental Health Service in Northern Ireland. The establishment of the new Service is one of the key enabling actions contained within the Mental Health Strategy published in June 2021.

Welcoming the announcement, Mental Health Champion, Professor Siobhan O'Neill, said: 

“The creation of a Regional Mental Health Service is one of the most important actions in our Mental Health Strategy, and I warmly welcome today’s announcement. In addition to delivering consistency of access to specialist mental health treatments and services across all parts of Northern Ireland, the new Regional Service encompasses the community and voluntary sector, who have played a key role in the delivery of services across the region.

“The Service also includes mechanisms to ensure that the views of those with lived experience of poor mental health are heard, and that services are co-designed with service users. These key features will be central to the success of the Service in meeting the needs of our population. I look forward to working closely with the Collaborative Board, and engaging with service users and other stakeholders, to monitor the rollout of the Service, and to ensure that the commitments outlined in the model for the Service are delivered in full.”

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