International Day of Families 2020

Today is International Day of Families 2020.

This is marked globally to promote awareness of issues that relate to and affect families.

Today we reiterate the importance of ensuring that Ireland’s mental health policies, services and supports provide the best possible care for all people and all of their families across the country.

In 2019, Mental Health Reform published the reports from the national consultation with family members, friends and carers/ supporters of mental health service users.

Some of the key highlights from this report include:

  • 65.6% reported that they had not received information on what to do in a crisis.
  • 71.7% of participants were dissatisfied with the extent to which the HSE Mental Health Services had considered their support needs.
  • Individual counselling was the most common support access by participants, with approximately one in four (26.6%) accessing it in the last two years.

You can read the My Voice Matters: Family, Friends and Carer/ Supports report here.


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