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World Mental Health Day 2014


World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year. Its aims are –

The day provides an opportunity for all those working or interested in mental health issues to talk about their work, and what can be done to improve the experience and lives of people with mental health needs.

To celebrate World Mental Health Day (Friday 10 October 2014) the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and Public Health Agency (PHA) launched two new care pathways to improve services and information for those with a mental health condition and their families. The establishment of the Mental Health Recovery Colleges in each Health and Social Care Trust Northern Ireland was also announced.

Care Pathways

Mental Health Care Pathway – this care pathway is for people who require mental health care and support. It recognises that all treatment and care needs to be highly personalised and recovery orientated. It provides guidance on the steps of care to be delivered and is designed to enhance the quality of service experience and promote consistency of service delivery across Northern Ireland.

Personality Disorder Care Pathway – this care pathway outlines the mental health care available in Northern Ireland for people with a Personality Disorder, the steps involved in accessing that care, the types of interventions that may be offered, and what service users and their family carers can expect from the professionals providing care and treatment.

Both Care Pathways are available to view and download from our website at www.hscboard.hscni.net/mentalhealth/

Mental Health Recovery Colleges

These Recovery Colleges, in every Health and Social Care Trust, offer a fresh way of working that draws on the experiences and skills of people who have used mental health services and the staff who work in them.

The power of Recovery Colleges is two-fold.

Further information:

View the DHSSPS news release: Health Minister launches new Regional Mental Health Care Pathway – on the DHSSPS website.