Consultation on Service Framework for Mental Health and Wellbeing launched.


A new service framework to set out standards for mental health services has been launched for public consultation today by the Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey.

The Framework sets out standards for mental health services in relation to the prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, care, and rehabilitation of individuals and communities who currently have, or are at greater risk of developing mental illness.

The Minister said: “Mental health problems are among the most common forms of ill health and disability in our society. It is estimated that approximately 280,000 people, or one in six of the population in Northern Ireland are affected. It is one of the biggest challenges we face. It places a very heavy burden on the individual, families and carers, and wider society.

“In Northern Ireland, we have a 25% greater need for mental health services; however, we spend 25% less on such services. Given the economic deficit we are currently experiencing, our spend on mental health services will still be less compared to the rest of the UK.

“This Service Framework is designed to help protect and improve the quality of mental health services
for those people by shaping and guiding the design and delivery of services for the future.

“I would encourage everyone with an interest in mental health to express their views.”

The Service Framework for Mental Health consultation documents, as well as information on how you can respond, can be found at

The consultation will close on 18 March 2011, at which time all responses will be considered and the Service Framework for Mental Health and Wellbeing will be finalised for launch later in 2011.

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