Mental Health Policy Analysis

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The current policy framework for mental health in Ireland is called, ‘A Vision for Change (2006). This policy sets out a framework for mental health strategy in Ireland and emphasizes how a collaborative approach between Government, professionals, service users and carers is the best way forward. My rationale for choosing this policy is the fact that I have suffered from depression and a general anxiety disorder since the age of 14, and this will be the main subject of the essay. The intention is to define what a mental health issue actually is, how it can have an effect on the life of the client, and who is responsible for promoting and maintaining an individual’s mental health. It will discuss
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Each catchment area will have a full range of mental health services. While having multiple ranges within one facility is beneficial, the policy fails to note that in increasing the size of catchment areas, many clients will need to travel further distances to receive treatments. The cost of traveling to and from these locations may put extra financial pressure on many clients. Public transport infrastructure may also prove inadequate. For example, a person living in Baltinglass, County Wicklow would need to travel via bus to Dublin then, by train to Wicklow Town and walk approximately 2 kilometers to the Wicklow Primary Care Centre. If this person is experiencing psychosis or anxiety, this journey may prove…show more content…
It is recommended this team include the core skills of psychiatry, nursing, social work and clinical psychology (Ireland. Group, and Policy, 2006 p: 79). The Community Worker may be required to call to a client’s home. This requires the Community Worker to be respectful of the home, and insure the clients right to privacy. Activities such as shopping, taking them to appointments, developing/redeveloping everyday skills such as how to make a cup of tea or prepare and cook a meal safely all form part of the Community Worker’s role. Recommendation 12.1 (p: 105) underpins this and states that it is possible for all service users to achieve control over their lives and recover their self-esteem.

Recommendation 3.1 states that service users and carers should participate at all levels of the mental health system (p: 25). The service user should be encouraged in actively taking part in their own recovery. It should be noted that client participation varies from individual to individual, depending on their mental ability and where they are in their recovery journey. Community Workers can assist in this through advocating on behalf of the client, and assisting the client in self-advocacy and self-determination. Peer support should be encouraged, but not forced upon

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