Mayor welcomes mental health champion appointment
24 June 2020
News that Ulster University academic Professor Siobhan O'Neill has been appointed mental health champion for Northern Ireland has been warmly welcomed by the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council.
Mayor Cllr Brian Tierney congratulating Professor O’Neill on her interim appointment, said he was confident she would place mental health issues to the very top of the health policy agenda.
He said: “I am delighted that Professor O’Neill’s expertise and commitment has been acknowledged and I firmly believe she will be a strong voice for mental health. It is important that mental health is placed high on the Government’s agenda and I am confident that Siobhan in this role will do just that to ensure delivery of a mental health strategy.”
"Prof O’Neill is a tireless advocate for mental health awareness and she works closely with the community and voluntary sector which is important in communicating the views of people of ground and making sure their concerns and opinions are heard.
".I want to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to Siobhan in this role and advise her that she has my full support and that of Council in doing all she can to successfully tackle the issues we face around mental health.”
The Mayor also acknowledged the important role played by Prof O’Neill in the establishment of a Crisis Intervention Service in Derry and said he was delighted to have someone from the North West being a strong voice for mental health in Northern Ireland.