Government must spell out detail of funding for mental health and suicide awareness services - Gerry Adams TD
Commenting on World Mental Health Day Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams TD said:
“Thursday was World Mental Health Day. Mental Health Services have long been undervalued and under resourced by the government. However, I welcome the decision by the government in Budget 2019 to allocate an additional €55 million to mental health services.
"These services provide essential supports for citizens with mental illness and in particular those at risk from suicide.
"I have written to the Minister for Health asking for a break-down on how he intends to spend this money. I want to especially know how much additional funding will go to crisis intervention services, to suicide awareness and prevention training, to Child and Adult Mental Health Services (CAMHS) teams and how many additional specialist staff and out of hours cover will be provided in 2019.
"Suicide prevention is especially important. Many families in Louth, and across the island of Ireland, have been affected by suicide and mental health issues.”