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World Suicide Prevention Day: Budget 2017 must invest in mental health services - Mary Lou McDonald TD

10 September, 2016 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Speaking on World Suicide Prevention Day today Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has said people of all generations and backgrounds need to work to challenge stigma and silence in our communities to help prevent tragedies.

Deputy McDonald said the test of the government’s commitment to mental health services will be seen in the upcoming budget.

Teachta McDonald said:

“I want to take this opportunity on World Suicide Prevention Day to encourage people to speak up and reach out to their loved ones and friends. It’s important we all work together to mind our mental health and look after one another. We cannot be truly healthy without our mental health.

“The test of the government’s commitment to mental health services will be seen in the upcoming budget.  We must see proper investment in this sector.  There must be year round, twenty-four hour access to services for people who need it and that requires investment.

“Sinn Fein will be rolling out a number of initiatives on this issue in the coming months including a conference on dual diagnosis which I will be hosting in Dublin later this month.  We will also be training our staff in suicide prevention practices.

“It is something that people in politics need to take very seriously and I hope to see a very positive move in this direction by the government in the upcoming budget.

“People of all generations and backgrounds need to work to challenge the stigma and silence in our communities to help prevent tragedies.”

ENDS

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