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Welcome to our round up of news this December. A big thank you to everyone who supported our pre-budget campaign and signed the Don't Drop the Ball on Mental Health petition. We gathered a total of 10,000 signatures in October and November, and Mental Health Reform's Director Orla Barry presented them to Minister for Mental Health Kathleen Lynch ahead of Budget Day on 5th December. The petition called for continued investment in community mental health services, including the ring-fencing of €35 million for community mental health in 2013. This was a Programme for Government commitment, and 10,000 people joined us to remind the Government of their promise.

We are happy to report that the pressure paid off and that the commitment to €35 million in 2013 was restated on Budget Day, with Minister Lynch confirming that this was an additional €35 million for mental health. However, MHR has asked the Government for an assurance that the existing mental health budget is protected and that this additional €35 million will result in a net increase in mental health staffing and services in 2013. We are still concerned about the moratorium on staff recruitment and the impact of retirements, which disproportionately impacted on mental health in 2012. You can read our press statement on the Budget here. You can also read our snapshot analysis of Budget 2013, specifically on mental health and related services.
Silent - Mental Health Reform and First Fortnight

Mental Health Reform is delighted to be working with First Fortnight, Ireland's mental health arts festival, in association with Pat Kinevane's play Silent in January 2013. The play runs for 3 nights in Temple Bar's Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin, from Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th January.

Mental Health Reform will host a post-show discussion on Thursday 10th on the topic of Mental health on the margins. MHR's Orla Barry will MC and will be joined by guest speakers Pat Kinevane, Jim Walsh and Sr. Stan.

We hope that you can join us, and recommend getting tickets early for this fantastic performance. 

First Fortnight runs in Dublin from 2nd to 12th January, and you'll find plenty to do and see among the programme of short films, theatre, discussion, visual art, music and poetry.
Audio shorts on mental health

If you haven't yet had a chance to listen to our audio shorts on mental health, check them out here. You'll hear different voices, across regions and generations, telling their stories and making their case for investment in mental health services.

The audio shorts have been aired on RTE's Drivetime, Limerick's Live 95 FM, Near FM and many other community radio stations around Ireland. Our thanks to Victoria Enright of VE Productions for working with Mental Health Reform and our participants to make the shorts.

Happy Christmas from MHR

All of us in Mental Health Reform would like to wish our members, Board and supporters a very happy Christmas. Thank you for your support in 2012, and we look forward to working with you in 2013!

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