Family Carers Ireland members were invited by the Department of Health to make a presentation on February 8th to the British Irish Council on the experiences of carers of people with mental health difficulties. Joan Higgins and Gina Delaney with FCI Policy and Public Affairs Manager Clare Duffy gave a presentation entitled ‘Experiences of Carers of People with Mental Health Difficulties’, and subsequently engaged in a discussion on the challenges facing carers for people with mental difficulties and the responses and initiatives that have helped address these. The meeting was attended by Minister of State for Health Helen McEntee and HSE Head of Service User, Family Member and Carer Engagement Liam Hennessy.
The British Irish Council was established under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement to promote the exchange of information and best practice across its member administrations (Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, United Kingdom, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey). The BIC has identified the issue of caregiving as a priority area for consideration within their work programme 2015 – 2017.