‘Don’t Drop the Ball on Mental Health’

Posted On: October 23, 2012

‘Don’t Drop the Ball on Mental Health’

http://mentalhealthreform.ie/petition2012.php

As an active member of Mental Health Reform the Irish Refugee Council is concerned about gaps in mental health services for members of minority groups including asylum seekers and refugees.

Mental Health Reform is currently running a campaign called ‘Don’t Drop the Ball on Mental Health’ and is asking people to sign a petition to try to ensure that on Budget Day 2012 the Government keep their promise to invest in community mental services. If you wish to sign the petition below please click here

“Dear Taoiseach, Minister for Finance, Minister for Health and Minister for Mental Health,

I urge you to keep the promise you made in the Programme for Government to “vastly improve access to modern mental health services in the community”. Don’t drop the ball on mental health.

You promised to invest €35 million every year in developing community mental health services, yet little of this money has been spent in 2012. Please keep your word and invest a full €35 million in 2013.

The mental health of Ireland’s population is under severe strain, with unemployment and income inequality persisting. Our mental health services are in a time of transition towards modern, community-based services. Further cuts to the mental health budget risk undermining work already done and safety within our existing services.

Don’t drop the ball on mental health. Keep your promise and invest in services for our communities.”

http://mentalhealthreform.ie/petition2012.php