AWARE welcomes the findings of the Bengoa report
AWARE, the national charity for people with depression in Northern Ireland has today welcomed the report from Professor Bengoa and the subsequent vision published by the Minister for Health Michelle O’Neill.
Minister O’Neill set out her vision, entitled, ‘Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together’ after considering the report led by Professor Rafael Bengoa. In her statement to the assembly, Minister O’Neill emphasised the importance of mental health and said that, 'For far too long mental health hasn’t had the attention it deserves and people with mental health issues need to be supported.'
Siobhan Doherty is the Chief Executive of AWARE. Siobhan said,
“I am delighted to hear the Minister’s support for improving mental health services in Northern Ireland and particularly her comments regarding the further support needed for perinatal mental health and inpatient services for mothers experiencing mental illness.
“AWARE has been actively promoting the need for specialist services in Northern Ireland such as a specialist mother and baby unit. There is currently no mother and baby unit on the island of Ireland which is concerning given that perinatal mental health illnesses are very common affecting more than 1 in 10 women at some point during the perinatal period. However, I welcome the comments from the Minister that there is a potential for all island developments in a number of areas including perinatal mental health.
“I would also like to thank the Minister for recognising the contribution and commitment of charities within the community and voluntary sector. Last year AWARE reached out to 30,000 people across Northern Ireland through education and support services. We will continue to do this to ensure that anyone with depression and mental illness are supported throughout their recovery.
“I look forward to receiving the Bamford Action plan review which the Minister said will be released over the next month. I hope that we can work collaboratively and positively to improve services for people experiencing depression throughout Northern Ireland.”AWARE | Bengoa | Bengoa report | Department of Health | Depression | Mental Health | Minister Michelle O'Neill | Perinatal Mental Health | Siobhan Doherty