As the General Election draws nearer, it's time to ask candidates to make mental health a priority. Click on the link to see how you can be part of the Our state of mind campaign.
There is one thing that all political parties and candidates agree on – that’s the need to improve our mental health services. Mental health difficulties touch people of all ages and backgrounds, but services are struggling and what is needed is effective action.
The Our state of mind campaign is asking you to remind every candidate you meet to make mental health a priority and to seek five key improvements:
- a nationwide school programme to build good mental health
- easy access to counselling
- access to 24/7 crisis supports
- a right to advocacy support
- a right to make one’s own decisions about mental health treatment through advance healthcare directives
What you can do
1. Give a Mental Note to candidates and canvassers when they call to your door as a reminder to prioritise mental health reform. You can order your Mental Note pack from Mental Health Reform.
2. Tell candidates and canvassers why mental health matters to you. Talk about the one Mental Health Reform recommendation that means the most to you.
3. Share the campaign with every candidate in your constituency. Share it on your own social media using the hashtag #Ourstateofmind
4. Come to our candidates' debates on mental health in Castlebar on 14th December 12-2pm and in Dublin on 13th January 6.30-8.30pm to have your say and to hear what the various parties' plans are for mental health, if elected.
Thanks for your support!
Best wishes from all the MHR team.
Mental Health Reform
(01) 874 9468