Mental Health

mental healthServices for people with a mental illness have been transformed in recent years.

The Bamford Review of mental health and learning disability was the catalyst for the reform and modernisation of these services, and Transforming Your Care will help drive the Bamford vision forward into the future.

The Bamford vision is that people with a mental illness should be treated in the community, close to their families and friends, unless there is a clinical reason for not doing so.

Likewise, inpatient hospital care should only be required for acute care which cannot be provided in the community or where someone needs to be detained for their/or others’ safety.

As a result, the focus and future planning of mental health service development is on earlier intervention, safe effective assessment and acute care services in home treatment and modern hospitals.

We are also moving people out of long-term hospital care into community-based settings (this is known as “resettlement”).


What are the Trusts Doing?

Trusts are focussing on:

  • Promoting mental health and wellbeing.
  • Developing services that are “recovery orientated” which will allow individuals to take control and build socially inclusive, connected lives that are satisfying, fulfilling and enjoyable – even if they continue to experience symptoms related to mental ill-health.
  • Moving away from a reliance on drugs and medication towards providing people with access to psychological and cognitive behavioural or “talking” therapies.
  • Working with the Health and Social Care Board and Public Health Agency to roll out the Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC) programme (embedding recovery-focused practice throughout all mental health services in line with the Bamford vision).
  • Delivering joined up services (e.g. how mental health services and GPs and other primary care providers/hospitals can get better at earlier intervention).
  • Moving all people from long stay hospital wards to community based living arrangements by March 2015 (this is known as “resettlement”).
  • Developing 6 in-patient acute mental health units for those aged 18+;Enhancing the support available for carers including Self Directed Support and Supported Living.
  • Developing and improving the range of short breaks and age appropriate day opportunities available to people with learning mental health needs.

Please watch the video below to see how the Southern Health and Social Care Trust have been promoting Day Opportunities for a number of years.

Who can give me advice?

The following people should be able to give you advice on mental health:

  • Your GP
  • Your Community Mental Health Team (this may include social workers, community mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors and community support workers)
  • Key Workers
  • Social Workers
  • Approved Social Workers

You may wish to speak to them about general issues related to mental health or some of the more specific topics:

  • Addictions
  • Care Management
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Dementia
  • Memory clinics
  • One point of referral
  • Self Harm
  • Trauma

You may also wish to visit your Health and Social Care Trust’s website to read about some of these topics.

Useful Links

NI Direct (information page on mental health)
Mental Health and Wellbeing Reports
Mental Health Services available in the Belfast Trust
 CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Northern Ireland)

Related Pages

Support for Carers
Day Opportunities
Learning Disability
Self Directed Support
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