TASC Newsletter 20 March 2023

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FEPS TASC Launch EU Mental Health Report

Mental health is an intrinsic human right and an invaluable resource for the European community. This policy study reflects on the current provision of mental health services in France, Ireland and Poland.

The authors review EU policy, to date, on developing a mental health strategy for the union and, for each case study country, outline mental health provision and the policy context to inform the findings from interviews with representatives of its mental health sector.

Read the full report here

Policy brief

This policy brief analyses the current provision of mental health services in France, Ireland and Poland. In light of these findings, it considers the need for an EU-wide strategy for mental health.

Mental health is recognised both as an intrinsic human right and as an invaluable resource by the EU

Read the policy brief here


Mental health services are characterised by under-investment

Gerry Mitchell
Mental health services are characterised by under-investment
Mental health services are characterised by under-investment, a focus on hospital treatments and a lack of primary and community services; workforce crises and barriers to access that include stigma. They fail to acknowledge the social determinants of mental health or address mental health inequalities.
As such, they lack resilience and do not have the capacity to respond to the rise in demand resulting from the increasing prevalence of mental health conditions. This crisis existed long before Covid. Read the article here
TASC Shared Island Online Event
28 March 11am

TASC will host its third panel discussion as part of the Shared Island series on Tuesday, March 28th, from 11am to 12 noon. This discussion focuses on climate policy on the island of Ireland in the context of the absence of power-sharing in Northern Ireland. Panellists in this discussion include Professor John BarryIan Marshall and Clare Bailey. They will discuss how climate action in Northern Ireland will be impacted by the continued absence of an Executive alongside the role of the Shared Island Unit in supporting cooperation between communities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the area of climate.

Please register for the online event here on Eventbrite

Auto-enrollment Pension Scheme Assessment - 28 March 11am
Pension Event

This event aims to provide a forum to discuss the government’s draft legislation on auto-enrolment to a new state-run pension scheme for workers who are not already members of an occupational or private pension scheme. At present, very large sections of our population will be without adequate incomes in retirement unless further provision is made for good supplementary pensions.

Speakers: Kevin Cardiff, Tim DugganRosheen CallenderColm Fagan, John FitzgeraldDr. Donal de ButleirDr. Laura Bambrick

Please register here on Eventbrite

Currently sold out - Event will be recorded

Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2, 28 March - 11am to 1pm 


Financial Resilience Training Launch

Photo by Naoise Culhane Photography Ltd.

TASC, the Think-tank for Action on Social Change has launched a three-year programme on financial resilience training throughout the country to help communities better tackle the cost-of-living crisis. The programme is funded by Aviva Ireland. It will be delivered through frontline charity services and community groups nationally through an interactive and educational financial inclusion and training programme.

The overall aim of the programme is to upskill individuals and households to better manage their finances. The free training will be provided to up to 50 charity staff members and 100 community participants each year, resulting in a positive impact on their families and the wider communities.

Visite the website here - www.frt.ie

Media enquiries should be directed to:

Shana Cohen
Email: scohen@tasc.ie
Tel: +353 1 6169050

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