Mental Health Ireland’s Strategic Plan 2015-2017
In setting out our plans for the next few years, we have undertaken a searching analysis of the activities and initiatives in which we are involved across Ireland, against a backdrop of ongoing reductions in funding and changes in the way our statutory funders engage with voluntary sector organisations.
We take nothing for granted, and we recognise that funding for some of our work is going to be limited, and that the public expect to see not just good value for money, but also the highest standards of ethical probity from charities. In addition, the State is moving to a much more businesslike model of service commissioning, with defined quality standards and outputs required in return for contracted prices, and we need to be in a position to respond to those requirements.
Mental Health Ireland is up to these challenges. Fundamental to our strategy is the need for MHI to continue to add real value through high quality work in health promotion, education, training and research. We will also continue to enhance and strengthen the capacity of our volunteer network of our 98 local Mental Health Associations to support the recovery and social inclusion of people who experience mental health difficulties and the development of peer-led initiatives.
We are a committed presence across Ireland involving families, carers, professionals and service users promoting mental health and wellbeing in local communities.
Of course, in challenging times for charities and the wider economy, our core priority is to ensure that we are financially stable and that our business model is sound. This requires changes in the way we do things, and in some of the activities in which we engage, but in many ways these modifications will also reflect changing demands amongst our stakeholders and in society as a whole. And as an organisation which is predominantly funded by the Health Service Executive, we need to ensure that Mental Health Ireland complements and supports the statutory services and role of the HSE and other public agencies.
In many ways, the three-year period of this Strategic Plan will represent a turning point for Mental Health Ireland. As we approach our half-century in 2016, we will be a stronger organisation responding to changing demands, whilst maintaining our focus and our independence to meet the needs of our stakeholders with the same spirit that applied when we were founded in 1966.
In conclusion, I wish to thank the Board for its support and vision in developing this strategy; the highly-committed team of staff at Mental Health Ireland; the local Mental Health Associations across Ireland, who undertake such valuable work; our funders within the HSE and elsewhere; and everyone who has supported us over the years.
Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Ireland