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Lack of mental health services in Tipperary reaching crisis levels – McDonald

1 September, 2016 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

 Sinn Féin vice president and all Ireland spokesperson on Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Mary Lou McDonald TD said that due to cuts to mental health service funding, that demand has increased to crisis levels.

Deputy McDonald spoke after meeting with mental health groups in Tipperary Town last night.

Deputy McDonald said:

“As part of an ongoing all Ireland outreach initiative, I met with stakeholders concerned with mental health and suicide awareness from various parts of Tipperary last night.  Listening to their testimonies and concerns I was struck at how these concerns are replicated in other parts of the country I have visited both north and south.  

“The common complaint coming from such meetings is the lack of availability and the reduction of mental health services.  People who are vulnerable and in need of these services are finding it increasingly difficult to cope.  Demand for these limited services can only be described as being at a crisis level.

“The Minister for Health Simon Harris is more than aware that demand for mental health services are at a critical point.  He needs to address the lack of resources available in places like Tipperary urgently, and help those who are struggling to cope with mental health issues by properly resourcing our mental health services.”

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