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Government must prioritise mental health services in upcoming budget - Sinn Féin

10 September, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly and Senators Máire Devine and Fintan Warfield today took part in a Sinn Féin initiative to raise awareness of mental health and suicide issues.

The event was organised by Sinn Féin Republican Youth to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.

Speaking at the GPO this morning Teachta O’Reilly said;

“Today we are supporting members of Sinn Fein Republican Youth who are holding an information stall to provide help and guidance to people who may be themselves or know of someone who is suffering with or concerned about their mental health.

“We are here primarily to provide information to people but we are also calling on the government to make tackling mental health issues a priority in the upcoming budget.

“Access to services is a particular area where we need to see services.  People must have access to the services they need as and when they need them and we hope the government will make the required investment to ensure they do.”

Senator Máire Devine Sinn Féin’s spokesperson in the Seanad added;

“We all have a part to play in creating a society where people feel comfortable to talk about their mental health. Everyone needs to know that it’s okay to not feel okay at times. When we work to be inclusive, respectful, open and caring as individuals and communities we can make a big difference all our lives.”

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