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Northern Ireland: update on mental health action plan and care networks

23 July 2021

Health minister Robin Swann reports that ‘substantial progress’ has been made in the 12 months since the Northern Ireland Mental Health Action Plan was published.

In his update, the minister highlighted key achievements including the creation of a mental health champion, approval of the business case and securing of £4.7m funding for the development of a specialist perinatal mental health community service model, the establishment of the CAMHS and Forensic Mental Health Managed Care Networks, and the launch of a Mental Health Innovation Fund.

He said that the progress made was a ‘considerable achievement’, given the pressures of Covid.

He added: ‘The progress that has been made is due in no small part to the drive and dedication of so many people working tirelessly to improve services.’

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