Policy Forum for Ireland

Priorities for mental health care in Ireland: promoting awareness and ensuring effective access pathways in adult care and the future for child mental health services

November 2018

This timely seminar will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders to examine priorities for mental health care in Ireland.

It follows the recent publication of the Sláintecare Implementation Strategy, which includes proposals for expanding community-based mental health services.

Discussion will focus on the Government’s priorities for mental health policy - including improving access to services and support for those in crisis, as well as promoting youth mental health through the education system.

The seminar is also timed to examine the next steps in the delivery of the Government’s suicide prevention strategy and as the Department of Health reviews the Vision for Change strategy, with its focus on service quality and focus at a local level.

Delegates will consider possible measures for raising awareness of mental health issues in the workplace, along with priorities for tackling stigma, developing effective care pathways and ensuring patient participation in care.

They will also examine how best to tackle the challenges for improving early intervention, access to services and transitions in care, and addressing staffing issues into the future - as well as developments in professional regulation.

We expect further discussion on progress with concerns that have been raised  by the Mental Health Commission about systematic shortcomings, including inappropriate admission of children into adult mental health in-patient services.


Price: €125 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Ireland seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates