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13 Nov 2018

Empowerment – from Ideas to Actions

Mental Health Ireland’s three-year strategic plan

Built upon three complementary themes, Mental Health Irelands new three-year strategic plan prioritises Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing, Living Life Well and Organisational Fitness with Empowerment at the core.

Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD launched the three-year strategic plan at the weekend. Speaking at the launch Minister Harris said, “I want to congratulate Mental Health Ireland on a comprehensive and progressive three-year strategy. The three themes demonstrate Mental Health Irelands commitment to the communities and people they support, to the programmes and information they deliver and the members they work with”.

Minister Harris continued “The idea that any one of us can face a mental health challenge at any time and we can and will recover, and that mental illness is not a label that needs to be attached to us in a stigmatising way, shows the progress we have made. Mental Health Ireland were one of the first organisations to open up the conversation about mental health long before it was made easy and I want to wish the staff and volunteers success in their ongoing journey in the promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing”

Mental Health Ireland’s objectives in the Promotion of Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing are underpinned by a solid evidence base developed in Ireland and overseas. They will positively influence new policies and integrate existing policies that will shape a healthier Ireland and they will continue to lead in the Mental Health Promotion arena, nationally and internationally.

The Living Life Well objective incorporates, recovery, co-production, Peer-led initiatives in Education, Service Provision and Leadership. It seeks to create a platform for recovery within the context of genuine community integration and hope.

This strategy also sets out a plan to achieve Organisational Fitness, building on best practice, with new skills and training in order to have the confidence and competence to deliver. Mental Health Ireland will build a sustainable and resourced organisation whilst demonstrating and delivering exceptional governance and accountability to our funders, partners, members and supporters.

Martin Rogan, CEO of Mental Health Ireland said “Our new strategy is an invitation to become involved in something bigger, to be part of a dynamic movement that makes a real difference in people’s lives. This strategy will bring greater clarity to all of our roles within the organisation including our staff, volunteers and partners”.

The co-produced strategy was developed with volunteers and members, people who use services, their family members, mental health professionals, Board Members, funders, regulators, fellow NGOs, academics and researchers, intersectoral partners and International colleagues.

The strategy is fully aligned to national policy frameworks including Healthy Ireland, Sláintecare, a Vision for Change, Connection for Life and the National Framework for Recovery in Mental Health.

Mental Health Ireland places great importance on co-production and will continue to work closely with a number of partners in the coming three years including First Fortnight, Irish Men’s Sheds, and Social Farming Ireland. The development of new strategic partners where relevant to our programmes will be high on the agenda.

The strategy importantly acknowledges, recognises and celebrates the discreet and valuable work of Volunteers in Mental Health Associations throughout Ireland.

For further information

Jill O’Herlihy     Mental Health Ireland                  jill@mentalhealthireland.ie      087 795 7717

Download Mental Health Ireland’s strategic plan here

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