Terms of Reference

1. Taskforce Objectives

To provide national leadership around youth mental health and wellbeing issues in Ireland to enhance how the public, private and voluntary and community sectors work together to improve:

  • Social mores for talking about mental health as openly as physical or dental health
  • Awareness of services and supports
  • Accessibility to services and supports at different times and in different areas
  • Alignment of services and supports across different providers (public organisations, private organisations, community organisations, voluntary organisations, etc.)

2. Taskforce Terms of Reference and Deliverables

2.1. To design a series of policy interventions to improve Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing so as:

  • to improve national emotional literacy, reduce stigma and build understanding of positive mental health. (This should be anchored around building a positive national dialogue with and between young people about positive mental health.)
  • to raise awareness of available information, supports and services to equip young people with knowledge, understanding and information about how to maintain positive mental health and where to go if they need support. (This should build on existing resources including #littlethings and www.yourmentalhealth.ie.)
  • to improve alignment of services across different providers at community level with a view to improving accessibility.
  • to build capacity in local communities, ideally in cooperation with the Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSCs), so that change is community led and can be driven, embedded and sustained in participating communities, within these existing structures. (In particular, consideration should be given to a process for identifying and supporting a small number of ‘leader’ towns to demonstrate approaches.)

2.2. To work with the youth mental health and wellbeing pathfinder project team to ensure a whole-of-Government approach to developing proposals in the context of current Government policy.

2.3. To lead early and constructive engagement with key change agents namely:

  • Young People
  • Voluntary Groups
  • Local Communities and Community Groups
  • Mental Health Clinicians and Practitioners
  • Education Sector
  • Local Government Sector
  • Mental Health Services (public and private sectors)
  • Other individuals or groups that are identified during the process.

2.4. To identify and support alignment between interventions and relevant existing multi agency approaches such as

  • Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC), the key structure identified by Government to plan and co-ordinate services for children and young people in every county in Ireland
  • Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures the national policy framework for children and young people, and
  • Healthy Ireland, the national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Ireland.