Bradshaw urges participation in mental health strategy consultation

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has urged participation in a new consultation on a mental health strategy for Northern Ireland. Health Minister Robin Swann has launched the consultation on the ten-year strategy designed to improve mental health and well-being here. It contains 29 actions for change, including the creation of a single mental health […]

Gray: Good mental health should never be taken for granted

Mid and East Antrim Council is to assess how best it can provide mental health and wellbeing support, after a proposal put forward by Alliance Councillor Lauren Gray received unanimous support. Speaking at Monday night’s full Council meeting, the Carrickfergus representative urged the Council to act now to address the growing mental health pandemic, adding […]

Bradshaw welcomes specific commitments on suicide prevention

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed the specific commitments made by the Health Minister on World Suicide Prevention Day. Robin Swann announced a series of funding boosts for suicide intervention and well-being services. Ms Bradshaw said it was important to show actions and not just words to tackle suicide. “The funding for Derry […]

Kelly says suicide awareness training must be available to all

Alliance Councillor Michelle Kelly has said suicide awareness training must be an available resource for citizens, staff and elected representatives alike, as she called on Belfast City Council to be a civic leader in the area. The East Belfast Councillor will bring a motion to this Wednesday’s Council meeting aiming at putting the relevant training […]

Bradshaw welcomes publication of Mental Health Action Plan

lliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed the publication of the Mental Health Action Plan by the Department of Health. The plan contains 38 actions, including a commitment to produce a mental health strategy and actions for dealing with the response to the COVID-19 crisis. “Never has such an action plan, setting out commitments […]

Mental Well-Being & Resilience Working Group a positive step – Bradshaw

Alliance Health Spokesperson, Paula Bradshaw MLA, has welcomed the Executive’s establishment of a Mental Well-Being & Resilience Working Group as a clear sign that mental well-being is a priority, cross-cutting issue. The South Belfast MLA stated: “The Mental Well-Being & Resilience Working Group is a positive step, not just because it rightly establishes the issue […]

Mental health issues need to be at the centre of school days – Armstrong

Alliance Strangford MLA, Kellie Armstrong, has said that children’s mental health issues need to be recognised and at the centre of the school day. Ms Armstrong was speaking at the launch of a report on a conference held in October 2019 to discuss mental health issues affecting children who attend integrated schools. The report was […]