Mental Health Reform Welcomes Prioritisation of Mental Health Bill on Government Legislative Programme

Mental Health Reform, the national coalition for mental health, has today welcomed the inclusion of the Mental Health Bill in the Government’s Summer Legislative Programme. The Bill has been selected for priority publication and will be among the top legislative priorities for the Government in the coming months. Fiona Coyle, CEO, Mental Health Reform commented: … Read more

Neglect of prisoners with mental health difficulties exposes a prison system that is unfit for purpose

People with serious mental health difficulties are being incarcerated and neglected in a prison system that is unfit for purpose, according to a new report launched today by the Office of the Inspector of Prisons. The report reveals alarming deficiencies in the Irish prison system’s mental health services including critically low staffing numbers, poor living … Read more

Meet our Newest Board Member, Ciara Glynn

We sat down with the newest member of the MHR Board, Ciara Glynn, to find out a little bit more about her life and work. As the newest board member, can you tell us a little about your work in the Irish mental health sector? I’m a peer support worker and I was part of … Read more

Mental Health Reform urges Government to increase national mental health budget

Mental Health Reform, the national coalition for mental health, has expressed disappointment with the Government’s response to questions on mental health funding from the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Today marks the second day of Ireland’s fourth periodic review in which the Committee assessed the state’s compliance with the International Covenant on … Read more

Action needed to address digital divide in mental health

Mental Health Reform in partnership with the HSE Mental Health Engagement and Recovery Office have today published a new report entitled ‘Digital Inclusion and Access to Mental Health Services.’ Digital mental health encompasses various services including online video therapy sessions, mental health apps, psychoeducation and online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) programmes. The report addresses the … Read more

Mental health services will face increased pressures due to lack of new funding in Budget 2024

Mental Health Reform welcomes the allocation of an additional €75.2M for mental health in Budget 2024 but has expressed concern at the lack of funding for new mental health services.  The Government has allocated between €13M – €14M for the development of new measures in mental health. There has been no increase in development funding … Read more

Government inaction could damage public trust in mental health services

Mental Health Reform calls for an additional €25M for voluntary and community providers in Budget 2024 to address crisis in youth mental health Mental Health Reform has criticised the Government for its complacent response to the crisis in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). The Mental Health Commission’s recent reports for each of the … Read more

Mental Health Reform Calls on Government to Show Greater Urgency in Response to CAMHS Report

Mental Health Reform welcomes Minister Mary Butler’s response to the Mental Health Commission’s Independent Review of CAMHS and her on-going commitment to reform youth mental health services. The coalition, however, has expressed disappointment at the lack of response from the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, coalition partners and senior government Ministers including the Minister for Health, Stephen … Read more

Mental Health Commission Report Reveals Systemic Deficits in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Mental Health Reform, Ireland’s leading national coalition for mental health, is today responding to the Mental Health Commission’s Independent Review of the provision of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in the State. The report reviews CAMHS in the HSE’s nine community healthcare organisations (CHOs) across Ireland. “This report is a stark reflection of … Read more


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