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Before Budget Day, thousands of people signed a petition calling for increased funding for community-based mental health services. In Tuesday's Budget press conference, Minister Kathleen Lynch confirmed that €35 million will be available in 2016. It will be spent on primary care and specialist mental health services.

We welcomed this commitment and said that delivery of the promised funds is crucial. Shari McDaid, pictured above delivering the petition to Minister Kathleen Lynch, said: 

"These funds need to be spent to make a real difference to mental health care in Ireland. Despite the allocation of €125 million since this Government came to power in 2011, numbers of staff have only gone up by just over 2%, or 212 posts. We are simply not seeing the promised increase in staffing, and people with mental health difficulties are feeling the impact in difficulties getting access to crisis supports and holistic therapies.”

Thank you from all of us in MHR

We'd like to thank the thousands of people who signed the petition and supported the Invest in my mental health campaign. Thanks also to those who joined us at visits to TDs' constituency clinics during the campaign.

Your support strengthens the movement for better mental health care in Ireland. 

Thank you!
MHR Snapshot Analysis 

Mental Health Reform has published a Snapshot Analysis of Budget 2016 looking at the impact of the Budget on mental health services and related supports.

Highlights of the Budget include:
  • An additional €35 million for primary care and specialist mental health services
  • Expanding the Counselling in Primary Care (CIPC) service - children under 18 will be able to use the service, as well as adults. This is a positive step in improving early intervention.
  • Free GP Care will also be extended to all children under 12, subject to negotiations with doctors’ representatives. This can improve early identification of emotional and behavioural difficulties in children.
  • Additional funding for therapies for children, including speech and language and occupational therapy at primary care level. 
  • Counselling supports for parents where their new born child is diagnosed with additional needs, as part of the new National Maternity Strategy.
Silent - Coming soon ...

We are delighted to announce a special fundraising performance of Pat Kinevane's powerful one man show, Silent, in aid of Mental Health Reform on Friday 4th December 2015 at 6.30 pm in the Unitarian Church on Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.

Tickets: €20 / €15
Online ticketing will be available soon. In the meantime, contact for further enquiries.
Mental Health Reform 

Coleraine House
Coleraine Street
Dublin 7

(01) 874 9468
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