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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

March 2022


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


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-19 - 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: Peter Toogood, Director of Mental Health, Department of Health; and Professor Siobhan O’Neill, Interim Mental Health Champion for Northern Ireland; and Professor of Mental Health Sciences, Ulster University.


The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside Members of the Legislative Assembly, and key policy officials who are due to attend from the Department of Health; the Department of Justice; the Northern Ireland Audit Office; and the Home Office.



This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles