More must be done to help young people access mental health services- Cllr Máire Devine
Sinn Féin Cllr Máire Devine has called on the government to speed up investment into front line mental health services.
Speaking today Cllr Devine said:
“The youth suicide figures are stark and worrying.
“Irish females of 15 to 19 years of age have the highest rate of suicide in the EU, while Irish males of 15 to 19 years of age have the second highest rate of suicide in the EU.
“In our 2016 alternative budget we proposed to increase investment in mental health services by €29.16m
“Year after year the Government has failed to deliver on its mental health commitments. Despite a greater need for mental health services, there are 1,200 fewer mental health staff now than there were in 2006.
“It is imperative that access to mental health services is guaranteed on a 24 hour basis.
“Sinn Féin believe that the ‘A Vision for Change’ strategy for mental health must be implemented.
“We would address staffing-level shortcomings with a particular focus on staffing Child and Adolescent Mental Health teams, the provision of suicide critical assessment nurses and mental health intellectual disability posts and increasing access to the Counselling in Primary Care service.”