Policy Forum for Ireland

Next steps for improving mental health care in Ireland - prevention and access, workforce priorities, CAMHS and implementing A Vision for Change

Morning, Thursday, 14th May 2020

Central Dublin


This conference will examine developments in policy on improving mental health and wellbeing provision in Ireland.

It will be an opportunity to discuss the refresh of the A Vision for Change, Ireland’s policy framework for the delivery of mental health services, is timed to follow its expected  publication.


There will be a keynote address from a senior speaker from the Department of Health on government priorities for mental health and the implementation of the A Vision for Change refresh.

Further contributions

  • Dr Kevin Cullen, Co-Founder, Work Research Centre - on the future of eMental Health in Ireland, including the work done as a part of the eMen project;
  • Patricia Hayden, Principal, St Joseph’s Secondary School - on whole school approaches to guidance and Student Support Teams;
  • Michael McLoughlin, Youth Work Ireland - on the organisation’s work to help prevent mental health issues among children and adolescents; and
  • Kate Mitchell, Senior Policy and Research Officer, Mental Health Reform - on the priorities for the prevention of mental health problems.

The agenda

  • Next steps for mental health policy in Ireland - implementing the refreshed Vision for Change framework;
  • Improving prevention, intervention, and access to mental health services;
  • Priorities for mental health workforce - training, recruitment and retention, and developing an appropriate skill mix;
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services - improving early support, prevention and collaboration to deliver high quality services; and
  • Improving standards in the delivery of mental health services.

Keynote Speaker

Senior speaker confirmed from the Department of Health


Jim Ryan

Head of Operations, Quality and Service Improvement, HSE

Dr Kevin Cullen

Co-Founder, Work Research Centre

Kate Mitchell

Senior Policy and Research Officer, Mental Health Reform

Michael McLoughlin

Head of Advocacy and Communications, Youth Work Ireland

Patricia Hayden

Principal, St Joseph’s Secondary School

Dr Joseph Duffy

Chief Executive Officer, JIGSAW

Michael Hayes

Industrial Relations Officer, Psychiatric Nurses Association of Ireland

Dr Karen O’Connor

National Clinical Lead, Early Intervention Psychosis, HSE