Mary Minihane, in today’s Irish Times, covers our Millward Browne Survey among TDs in relation to mental health.
Mental Health Reform are holding two public consultations on Community Mental Health Services in Dublin and Cork. Please help us spread the word.
Cork – 22nd November @ 6.30 in Bru Columbanus
Dublin – 01st December @ 6.30 in Woodquay Venue, Dublin City Council Offices
The Government has today announced that it will replace the Central Mental Hospital which dates from 1850 with an appropriate modern facility for treating and caring for patients with mental illness.
Michael D Higgins looks set to be the ninth president of Ireland. He also won the poll for the best plan for mental health on this site which saw him win over 26% of the vote.
The convenors of the cross party Oireachtas Group on Mental Health, to whom Mental Health Reform and Amnesty International Ireland provide secretariat services, have today, World Mental Health Day, 10 October, launched the first ever cross party budget submission in the history of the state to call for the mental health spend to be protected in Budget 2012.
Jim Glennon, former Dublin North TD and regular rugby commentator on radio and TV has just signed our petition to fight for mental health. Follow in his footsteps by signing our petition!
We just got an email from Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, Brendan Howlin TD in response to our budget submission. Let us know what you think!
Together with PWDI we are holding a series of national meetings aimed to develop a shared understanding among citizens about good quality, community-based mental health services, and the role these play in promoting good mental health.
Orla’s letter to the Editor in the Irish Examiner calls on the Government to preserve mental health staffing levels at Budget 2011 levels. “What we must get away from is the notion that we cannot afford to have good mental health services. We cannot afford to have poor mental health services: Mental health difficulties cost the Irish economy around 2%, (approx €2.5 billion), of GNP annually.”
Read Mental Health Reform Director Orla Barry’s piece for thejournal.ie on the use of seclusion in mental health services here.