Mental health champion for Northern Ireland announced

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By Jonathan McCambridge, PA

Professor Siobhan O’Neill has been appointed as Northern Ireland’s mental health champion.

She is the current interim mental health champion and a professor of mental health sciences at Ulster University.

Making the announcement, Health Minister Robin Swann said: “The mental health and wellbeing of our population is a priority which has been further highlighted during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Appointing a mental health champion is another key step to ensuring those suffering from mental ill health will have access to the services they need, when they need them.

“I recently announced a new 10-year mental health strategy setting out the future strategic direction of mental health services in Northern Ireland.”

Prof O’Neill said: “The 10-year mental health strategy is a positive step in improving mental health services and demonstrates why mental health must be a key priority for Northern Ireland.”

 

(Health Minister Robin Swann with Professor Siobhan OÕNeill who has been appointed as Northern Ireland's mental health champion.)

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