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Senator Máire Devine urges Seanad to support youth Mental Health bill

4 October, 2018 - by Máire Devine

On Wednesday of next week Sinn Féin Seanad spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Máire Devine, will progress her bill on the capacity to consent to mental health treatment.

Senator Devine stated:

“It is fitting that this bill will be progressed through the Seanad during Mental Health Week. This bill is about giving 16 and 17 year old's the same respect for their capacity to consent as they already have for their physical health treatment.

“The bill is about de-stigmatising mental health treatment as something that is ‘other’ to any other medical intervention.

“It is about clarifying legally ‘capacity’ in terms of 16-18 year old's for the benefit of mental health practitioners. It is about saying to young people definitively that they have agency and that should be respected.

“The recent Youth Mental Health Taskforce report included this legislative change in its 2017 report.

“However this change was first recommended by the Expert Review of the Mental Health Act 2001 who called for this problem to be addressed.

“I thank my colleagues who co-signed this bill, and urge all Senators to support this important piece of legislation going forward.” 


Editor’s note:

Please see attached a briefing note on the Bill and the Bill itself.

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