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With 4 weeks until the Local Elections on 23rd May, we've joined forces with the Union of Students in Ireland to ask candidates to commit to 4 key actions on mental health - welcome to the 4MentalHealth campaign!

Shari McDaid, MHR Director, with USI Deputy President and VP Welfare Denise McCarthy  

4MentalHealth - making mental health a priority in the Local Elections

Local councillors can promote good mental health and ensure social inclusion of people with mental health difficulties. On 23rd May, you will be asked to vote in the Local Elections 2014. Make your vote work 4MentalHealth. 

Contact your candidates and let them know that you care about mental health.

We're asking candidates to sign up to 4 key actions to support mental health locally, if elected:
  1. Demand improved community-based mental health services locally for children and adults, and the implementation of the current mental health policy A Vision for Change.
  2. Commit to funding for local community mental health groups that support recovery from mental health difficulties.
  3. Ensure that there is effective communication between local authorities and community mental health teams, in order to prevent homelessness.
  4. Pass a Council resolution stating that in its work, the Council will seek to promote mental health and well-being among the whole local population.
One in seven adults in Ireland will have experienced a mental health difficulty in the last year. Please support the 4MentalHealth campaign and support mental health locally.
Join the conversation #4MentalHealth

Help us to get mental health on the agenda for the Local Elections. If you've already emailed your local candidates, why not tweet your candidates as well?

We've put together a handy list of suggested tweets you could send, here. You'll find your local candidates for each City and County Council, here.

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