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Next steps for mental health policy in Northern Ireland - the Mental Health Strategy, improving service provision, new ways of working and the future of CAMHS services in NI

Morning, Tuesday, 8th March 2022


This conference will examine the way forward for mental health provision in Northern Ireland.


It will be an opportunity to discuss the Mental Health Strategy 2021-2031, which sets out the future direction of mental health services in Northern Ireland for the next decade, including a key focus on ensuring long-term improvements in mental health outcomes.


Areas for discussion include:

  • the Strategy - including:
    • ambitions and scope - in the context of the overall priorities for mental health provision in Northern Ireland
    • implementation - service reorganisation, funding, cost-effective provision, meeting demand, and achieving equity in access across different regions
  • new ways of working - research and innovation, use of data, digital mental health services, and workforce training and wellbeing
  • children and young people - service coordination and the role of educational settings, early intervention, support for families, and transitions to adult services
  • COVID - tackling the continuing impact of the pandemic on mental health, and meeting demand moving forward
  • patient and public engagement - improving access to services, and encouraging people to seek support

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Professor Siobhan O’Neill, Mental Health Champion for Northern Ireland; and Professor of Mental Health Sciences, Ulster University; and a senior speaker confirmed from the Department of Health.


The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the Department of Health; and the Department of Justice.



Keynote Speaker

Professor Siobhan O’Neill

Interim Mental Health Champion for Northern Ireland; and Professor of Mental Health Sciences, Ulster University

Chair

Colm Gildernew MLA

Chair, Committee for Health

Speakers

Matthew Taylor

Co-Founder and Director, Pure Mental NI

Dr Karen Galway

Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, Queens University Belfast

David Babington

Chief Executive, Action Mental Health

Dr Richard Wilson

Northern Ireland Chair, Royal College of Psychiatrists

Professor Chérie Armour

Director of Research and Professor of Psychological Trauma & Mental Health, Queen’s University Belfast

Dr Shari McDaid

Head of Evidence and Impact (Scotland and Northern Ireland), Mental Health Foundation

Marina McCully

Head of Service Development, AWARE

Maria O’Kane

Interim Director of Mental Health & Disability Services, Southern Health and Social Care Trust

Senior speaker confirmed from the Department of Health

Dr Dominic McSherry

Reader in Psychology, Ulster University

Michele Janes

Head of Barnardo's NI, Barnardo’s NI

Clare Moore

Equality and Social Policy Officer, ICTUNI