Mental Health

The Mental Health Operations team has responsibility for all mental health services including:

  • Area-based mental health services including approved in-patient residential centres and all community-based teams
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health, General Adult, Psychiatry of Later Life
  • National Forensic Mental Health Service
  • National Counselling Service.

Mental health operations

The Mental Health Operations team is led by Mr Jim Ryan, Assistant National Director, Head of Operations, Quality and Service Improvement

Jim oversees day to day operational management of mental health services including continuous improvement programmes and management of service plan deliverables. In exercising day-to-day operational authority on behalf of the national director, Jim ensures that regular contact is maintained with CHOs and that only issues requiring national input are dealt with by the national team. In doing so, the overriding imperative is to ensure that local services are supported and facilitated to make their own decisions within the overall governance process and nationally set parameters.

Jim also oversees the development and supports the implementation of comprehensive frameworks in the areas of quality, service user safety, risk and incident management, standards and compliance within the mental health service.



Sharing the Vision - A Mental Health Policy for Everyone

‘Sharing the Vision - A Mental Health Policy for Everyone’ is Ireland’s national mental health policy. It was published in June 2020.

It is a policy framework for the continued development and enhancement of mental health services in Ireland from 2020 to 2030. It replaces the previous policy, ‘A Vision for Change’.

Read more about Sharing the Vision and the implementation plan