Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Ceisteanna (546)

Holly Cairns


546. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Health if representatives from a college were invited to the launch of Sharing the Vision - a Mental Health Policy for Everyone; and if not, the reason therefor. [13506/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The revised policy, Sharing the Vision – A Mental Health Policy for Everyone, was launched on Wednesday 17 June, by Minister for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly. 

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 and the final draft was agreed by cabinet Social Policy Committee in December 2019.

Once a date was confirmed, an invitation was issued to all email contacts on an Eventbrite stakeholder consultation list the evening before the launch as this list would reach over 300 individuals and organisations who had registered for mental health events previously. The list may have missed several organisations who were not on previous Eventbrite invitations. The lack of invitation is unfortunate, but the department was bound by an extremely tight turn-around time. Many individuals associated with the member organisations named would have received an invitation.