Sinn Féin meet with Department of Health to discuss mental health services in rural areas
A Sinn Féin delegation today met with the head official in the Department of Health to discuss mental health services in Fermanagh and other rural areas.
Assembly members Jemma Dolan Órlaithí Flynn along with Cllr Debbie Coyle welcomed the meeting and stressed the need for coordinated working between government agencies as well as community and voluntary organisations.
Jemma Dolan MLA said:
"Mental Health services in Fermanagh and other rural areas have unique challenges and with no acute inpatient beds in Fermanagh it is important that services are available for people in crisis. We raised this issue today with the Health Department."
Órlaithí Flynn MLA, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Mental health also pressed for the delivery of the Protect Life 2 suicide prevention strategy.
"Greater cross departmental cooperation is needed to tackle poor mental health and it was encouraging to hear of the ongoing work with the Department of Education in particular on resilience,” she commented.
"A key area of development and partnership will be the safe spaces pilots for Derry and Belfast. We got an update on the progress for these pilots and will be pushing for further delivery of these services."