Shine welcomes the publication of the results of two national consultations carried out by Mental Health Reform. The My Voice Matters national consultation looks at people’s experiences of using mental health services in Ireland. The consultation also focuses on the experiences of family, friends and carers of mental health service users. This is the first national, large scale survey in recent years to examine the direct experiences of people who access both community and in-patient mental health services.
The findings from the surveys were mixed, with a number of beneficial services unavailable to both people with self experience and families, friends and carers. These services included; information, support and advice, talking therapy, access to specific services, out of hours / crisis support services and Peer support.
Recommendations from the results of the consultation need to be implemented through the development of a time-lined action plan in 2019. The Minister with responsibility for mental health should ensure accountability in the implementation of these recommendations though ongoing monitoring and evaluation.
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