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Mental Health and Social Care Directorate

We lead on mental health policy and on the delivery of the mental health aspects of the Programme for Government and the Mental Health Strategy 2017 to 2027.

We are responsible for: 

  • prioritising mental health and ensuring the delivery of high quality services 
  • considering the effects mental health has on other areas of a person’s life, including their physical health and social circumstances 
  • ensuring appropriate access to services by working closely with key stakeholders such as NHS Boards, Integrated Joint Boards and the third sector
  • monitoring the delivery of action 15 of the Mental Health Strategy - the commitment to deliver 800 additional mental health workers in key settings
  • promoting public health from a mental health perspective including through the Suicide Prevention Action Plan
  • restricted patients
  • reviewing mental health legislation and forensic mental health services
  • all aspects of mental health policy for children and young people
  • leading on perinatal and infant mental health
  • implementing the autism, learning disability and dementia strategies 
  • ensuring that the social care sector is able to provide compassionate, high quality care on a fair and sustainable basis
  • developing and implementing dementia policy and delivery of the 2017 to 2020 National Dementia Strategy

Who we are

Cabinet Secretary and Ministers