The General Election on the 8th of February 2020 must be a General Election in which mental health is given priority. Ireland’s mental health services are in a state of crisis and have suffered from years of significant under-investment, staffing shortages and access difficulties.
Mental Health Reform today launch our General Election 2020 Manifesto and call on candidates to pledge, if elected, to implement in full these essential changes for our mental health services.
- We need substantial investment in Ireland’s mental health services: Ireland’s mental health budget must move from 6% of the overall health budget at least 10% of the overall health budget.
- Ireland’s mental health services are not accessible 24/7: Crisis mental health services need to be accessible to every community in Ireland, for people of all ages.
- Ireland’s mental health law does not give adequate protect people’s rights when they are in hospital for mental health treatment: The draft legislation to update the Mental Health Act, 2001, must be published in full and the law must be updated.
Find out more about the manifesto, key asks and how to get involved by clicking here.