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Funding for essential mental health services would be increased under a Sinn Féin government- Cllr Máire Devine

11 February, 2016 - by Máire Devine

Sinn Féin councillor and general election candidate in Dublin South West, Máire Devine has stated that a Sinn Féin led government would increase funding for essential mental health services.

 Speaking today Cllr Devine said:

“Our health system is in a state of chaos.

This is evident in the provision of mental health services across the state."

Cllr Devine, an experienced mental health nurse continued;

“Sinn Féin has a number of practical proposals in order to deal with the crisis in mental healthcare.

 “In government we would, increase mental health funding by €35m in our first year.

“We would also increase the number of child and adolescent mental health services teams.

“The rollout of Suicide Crisis Assessment Nurses would be completed and we would recruit mental health nurses to liaise specifically with homeless services.

“A Sinn Féin led government would also increase funding for counselling in primary care, which currently has long waiting lists, with an additional investment of €3.8m.”

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