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We're delighted to be able to give you an update on our Don't Drop the Ball on Mental Health campaign, along with a brief roundup of our other news.

Former rugby star Alan Quinlan launches the campaign with MHR volunteer Róisín O'Doherty
Don't Drop the Ball campaign

We launched the Don't Drop the Ball on Mental Health campaign on 1st October, to urge the Government to keep their promise to invest in community mental health services. Since then, the response to the campaign from the public has been fantastic and we have far surpassed last year's total of 6,000 signatures. We've held 30 petition days all across the country. 

With your continuing help, we will keep lobbying the Government right up until Budget Day on 5th December, and beyond. If you haven't yet had a chance to sign the petition, you can do so here, and please spread the word to your contacts. There are now less than 2 weeks until Budget Day - let's keep the pressure on.
Signed the petition already? Tell your local TD!

It's great that you have signed the petition to the Taoiseach and Ministers Noonan, Reilly and Lynch, but don't let it end there. Please keep the pressure on all of our politicians to prioritise mental health before Budget Day on 5th December. You can email you local TD here and ask them to champion mental health in the upcoming budget discussions. 

Bringing our concerns before the Oireachtas

As part of our pre-budget campaign, Mental Health Reform had the opportunity 2 weeks ago to address the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Finance and the Joint Committee on Health and Children. MHR's Shari McDaid brought our pre-budget submission to both Committees and highlighted our concerns and recommendations in terms of next year's Budget. You can read the transcripts of our contribution to the Finance Committee here and to the Health Committee here.  
Listen to our audio shorts on mental health

Mental Health Reform wanted to ensure that the voices of people living with a mental health difficulty and their family members and carers were heard loud and clear during any discussion of the mental health budget. We worked with experienced radio producer Victoria Enright to bring these voices together, across generations and regions, to tell a story about mental health in Ireland today. Our thanks to all of our participants for sharing their stories with us, and to Victoria, for her time and commitment to this project. Listen here

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