The Mental Health Commission is an independent statutory body, which was established in April 2002 under the provisions of the Mental Health Act, 2001.
The Mental Health Act 2001 specifies the principal functions of the Commission which are to promote, encourage, and foster the establishment and maintenance of high standards and good practices in the delivery of mental health services and to take all reasonable steps to protect the interests of persons detained in approved centres (Section 33 (1)).
The Commission’s mandate incorporates the broad spectrum of mental health services including general adult mental health services, mental health services for children and adolescents, older people, people with learning disabilities and forensic mental health services.
Guiding Val ues and
Principles of the Mental
The guiding principles and core values of an organisation define its ethos and culture.
Accountability and Integrity: The Commission is committed to expressing these values by operating at all times with probity and in a transparent manner.
Dignity and Respect: The Commission respects the dignity of those in contact with us and responds with courtesy and consideration.
Confidentiality: The Commission pledges to handle confidential and personal information with the highest level of professionalism and to take due care not to release or disclose information outside the course of that necessary to fulfil our legal and professional requirements:
Empowerment: The Commission recognises that empowerment lies through the provision of