Category Archives: Health

Defining mental health

A summary of good mental health, the main causes of illness and the benefits of taking action. The World Health Organization defines good mental health as a state of well-being in which...

Improving mental health on the ground

Peter Cheney considers the challenges of mental illness in Belfast and the community work being done to tackle the problem. Over the last five years, the economic crisis has added extra pressure...

Mental health standards

People with mental illness should expect a high quality of care and treatment from the Health Service, based on the service framework. agendaNi reviews its standards. Northern Ireland’s service framework for mental...

Suicide prevention insights

Policy proposals in Scotland and the Republic have identified training, responsible media reporting and a major increase in preventative funding as potential ways to reduce suicide. Northern Ireland’s immediate neighbours have traditionally...

Changing the system

John Compton shares his reflections about his term as the first Health and Social Care Board Chief Executive with Peter Cheney, including the importance of good communication. John Compton is retiring after...

TYC: privatising your Health Service

NIPSA Deputy General Secretary Alison Millar sets out its critique of Transforming Your Care and calls on MLAs to end the relationship between the Health Service and private sector providers. Transforming your...

Your local cancer champion

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland Chief Executive Roisin Foster outlines how the charity is helping people. The recently closed consultation on Transforming Your Care has certainly focused attention on how the future might...

A sensitive change process

Commissioner for Older People Claire Keatinge outlines some of the lessons learned from the handling of care home closures. More of us are living longer and healthier lives and this is very...