Govt Called To Provide Additional Funding For Mental Health Services

The Mental Health Reform is calling on the Government to provide a minimum of €35 million additional funding for mental health services.

Mental health activists from across Dublin have joined Mental Health Reform at Leinster House to launch a campaign for mental health funding in Budget 2016.

Shari McDaid, Director of Mental Health Reform, said: "Time is running out for this Government to honour its Programme for Government commitment on mental health supports in Ireland. With seven weeks until Budget Day in October, we are calling for at least €35 million in Budget 2016 towards improvement of comprehensive, community based mental health services. Despite some recent investment and developments, mental health funding still falls far short of what is needed. Staffing in May of this year was still 22% below recommended levels and services are struggling to cope with staff shortages.

"Government departments responsible for housing and social welfare must also put money into supports specifically for people with mental health difficulties. Secure housing is vital to mental wellbeing and the Department of Environment & Local Government must fund housing and related social supports for people recovering from a mental health difficulty."


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