Our new website will bring standards of mental health care into sharper focus31 March 2021
The new Mental Health Commission (MHC) website, which we launched earlier this morning, will bring standards of Irish mental health care into sharper focus and shine a brighter light on the strengths and weaknesses of services.
The new site will demonstrate how we work to promote, encourage and foster high standards and good practices in the delivery of Irish mental health care. In fact, it has largely been developed to better inform the public - particularly key stakeholder groups such as mental health service users - about the critical work of the MHC, as well as its remit, functions, and its people.
The launch of the new website coincides with the unveiling of a new MHC visual identity, which includes a new logo that reflects how individual human rights are at the very heart of our work and functions.
We worked closely with service users and service user groups over the past 12 months in the development of the new site and identity, as well as seeking the views of various other stakeholders.
“When we launched our current strategy in 2019, we made a commitment to raise awareness of the MHC and promote confidence in our role to protect people’s rights,” said our Chief Executive, John Farrelly.
“We see the development of the website as a huge step towards helping everyone understand, appreciate and value the critical work that we do to uphold standards and help services provide the best-quality care for people suffering from mental health difficulties.
“I also warmly welcome the introduction of our refreshed visual identity. We felt it was important to reflect in our new logo that we are a person-directed and person-centred organisation; and that an individual’s human rights would always be acknowledged and respected.”
The new website has been designed to provide straightforward information in an accessible way so that it is useful to people from all backgrounds. It serves to do this by using plain English, avoiding as much jargon as possible, and providing key information in several languages.
Another key objective in the development process was to make the site as inclusive as possible and users will find a significant volume of information on the site to support and assist people of various ages and backgrounds who may come into contact with mental health services. This includes young people, people with intellectual disabilities, LGBTQ people, and ethnic minority groups.
A new section on the site will allow users to search easily for information on individual inpatient mental health centres, including the centre’s location, the type of care it provides, and the results of recent inspections reports.
There is also an urgent help and advice page, information on careers with the MHC, how to process a concern about an individual centre, and information on the range of guidance and standards that the MHC uses to recommend or prescribe courses of action for services.
If you would like to pass on any thoughts or observations on the new website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.