Press Release

Expert Group receives over 100 submissions on mental health issues

Professor Joyce O’Connor, Chairperson of the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy, today (23rd December 2003) revealed that over 100 submissions have been received by the Group so far in its public consultation process on the Government´s mental health policy.

The Expert Group, established last August by Minister of State Tim O´Malley T.D. , has a remit to prepare a comprehensive mental health policy framework for the next ten years, to recommend how the services might best be organised and delivered and to indicate the potential cost of its recommendations. The Group had requested submissions from interested organisations, individuals and the general public on the issues concerned.

“I am delighted with the public´s response to this first phase of our consultation process,” Professor O´Connor said. “Each submission received will be carefully read and considered by members of the Expert Group and will feed into the Group’s deliberations over the next few months.”

Professor O´Connor confirmed that further consultation with various stakeholders, including users of the mental health services, was planned for the New Year.