The Behavioural Science and Policy Group is hosting a virtual policy workshop on

The Role of Mental Health in Public Policy

March 3 2021, 2pm to 5pm


The rapid rise in mental health issues in Ireland due to Covid-19 necessitates a deeper understanding of how mental health intersects with policy design and implementation. The event will bring together academics and practitioners to discuss :

  •  the implications of growing mental health issues on policy design in the areas of labour market, financial, education and health policies
  •  the impact of public policy design itself on the mental health of individuals
  •  the role of behavioural science in public policy to address inequalities that individuals with mental health issues experience


Participation is free but you’ll have to register to participate.

Register for this meeting by clicking here:–rrj0uEtwpRebfXnMwKx3uF8DjEIzi

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The preliminary schedule is below:

14:00 – 14:05: Introduction


14:05 – 14:30: Professor Liam Delaney (LSE) on “Mental Health and Labour Market Policies”


14:30 – 14.55: Dr. Sharon Walsh (NUI Galway) on “Mental Health Services Design in Higher Education in Ireland


14.55 – 15:20: Dr. Anne Nolan (ESRI) on the “Risk and Protective Factors for Mental Health of Children and Adolescents in Ireland”


15:20 – 15:45: Karen Arulsamy (UCD) on “The Impact of Automatic Enrolment on the Mental Health Gap in Pension Participation”


15.45 – 16.00: Break


16.00 – 17.00: Panel Discussion (Further details will be provided soon)