The Irish Mental Health Strategy 2021-2031 sets out 35 actions under three overarching themes. The first – promoting mental wellbeing, resilience and good mental health across society – is key to ensure that we reduce the stigma around mental health, provide early intervention and prevention and provide support across the lifespan and to those caring for people with mental ill health. The second – providing the right support at the right time – covers a range of service improvements, including improvements in child and adolescent mental health services, integration of old age psychiatry and psychology into mainstream mental health services, community mental health and in-patient services and specialist services. This theme outlines a number of service improvements that ensure better access to support when it is needed, putting the person’s needs at the centre. The third theme – new ways of working – sets out the changes that will support the improvements needed across the systems, including a single mental health service, data and outcomes, workforce planning and research.
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