Fianna Fáil TD for Mental Health James Browne says the decision to establish a new joint Oireachtas Committee on Mental Health is a positive development which will help drive reform in Ireland’s mental health services.

Deputy Browne wrote to former Taoiseach Enda Kenny last April requesting the establishment of such a committee to facilitate discussions and debate relating to Ireland’s mental health services.

The Dáil is set to formally establish the committee tomorrow afternoon.

Deputy Browne said, “This is a hugely positive development which will help put mental health at the top of the political agenda. Ireland continues to face significant challenges when it comes to the provision of mental health services. We have known for many years now that major reform is needed to make these services fit for purpose.

“Many of the recommendations contained in the ‘Vision for Change’ policy framework remain to be implemented. This new committee will provide a forum to drive forward the reform plan for our mental health services. It will also play a key role in monitoring the implementation of the recommendations contained in the ‘Vision for Change’ document.

“It’s positive to see people from across the political spectrum coming together to support the call for a new joint Oireachtas Committee on Mental Health. I’m hopeful that this spirit of co-operation will continue on the committee itself and ultimately pave the way for implementing fundamental reforms in our mental health services.”