Mental Health Reform welcomes sanction for recruitment of 114 Assistant Psychologists in Primary Care
Mental Health Reform has today welcomed the announcement that Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee, has sanctioned the recruitment of 114 Assistant Psychologists for primary care teams across Ireland.
Speaking about the announcement, Director of Mental Health Reform, Dr. Shari McDaid, said, “We are very pleased that the Minister has made this announcement and we look forward to the HSE beginning the recruitment process as quickly as possible. The addition of 114 Assistant Psychologists in the primary care system is a positive step towards providing earlier access to mental health support for children and adolescents. Mental Health Reform has advocated for increasing capacity in primary care to provide early intervention and reduce unnecessary referrals to specialist mental health services. Building a strong primary care mental health service will make the whole healthcare system work better. ”