Please sign this petition to protect mental health funding - Mental Health Reform

April 21st, 2016

Mental Health Reform is happy to share this petition which was posted by Aisling Riordan.

If you believe that mental health funding should not be used to prop up other areas of the health service please sign this petition:

Mental Health Reform believes that it is unacceptable that funding for mental health continues to prop up other areas of the health service.

According to media reports  €12 million of the €35 million ring-fenced for development of mental health care in budget 2016 is being diverted to other areas of the health service.

This is the second time already this year that mental health funding has been unfairly targeted. While other areas of the health service received additional funds to deal with pressures, mental health did not.

Commenting on the news the Director of Mental Health Reform Dr Shari McDaid said the diversion of any mental health funding was unacceptable and should not be tolerated.

“Ring-fenced funding for mental health should not be viewed as a pot of money to prop up other areas of the health service. It doesn’t show parity of esteem between mental and physical health and proves that we still have a struggle on our hands to ensure mental health is taken seriously and given the priority it deserves,” said Dr McDaid.

Please read our full statement on the need to protect mental health funding here : 

    27 comments so far!

  • Lusi
    21st April 2016 at 1:09 pm


  • Shona o Brien
    21st April 2016 at 1:15 pm

    I reject the notion of reduce this mental health budget!

  • Sergei Dunaev
    21st April 2016 at 1:25 pm

    We need the mental health fund 50% psychiatric 50% psychotherapy in Ireland, not just occupied by psychiatrists for acute psychosis. We need modern and adaptive structure for service. Dr. Sergei Dunaev,MD, Psychiatrist.

  • Rachel Hamilton
    21st April 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Funding for mental health services should be used for just that. This money has been designated for mental health services. It is not a spare kitty for other departments to dip into! For too long, mental health was not taken seriously enough by this country. Do not trivialise it again by making its funding transferable to “more important” areas. Mental health is of vital importance!!!

  • June Shannon
    21st April 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Thanks Rachel we agree that mental health is of vital importance and appreciate your support.
    Regards June at Mental Health Reform

  • Emily Glen
    21st April 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Ring-fenced funding for mental health should not be viewed as a pot of money to prop up other areas of the health service. Mental health funding is too important.

  • June Shannon
    21st April 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Hi Emily thanks a million for your support.
    Mental Health Reform agrees that mental health funding should not be used to prop up other areas of the health service.
    regards June at Mental Health Reform

  • Patrick Bennett
    21st April 2016 at 1:44 pm

    I as a service user and irish citizen am totally disgusted at this move and demand that it be reversed!!!

  • Lesley
    21st April 2016 at 2:44 pm

    This totally infuriates me – I’m sick of saying it , no one hears people who have to deal with mental health issues – its the reason we have such a high rate of suicide in this country . It’s a taboo subject , we are only told what they need us to know . It’s not classed as a disability , but u are disabled if you can’t live in peace with yourself , if u can’t get out the front door with anxiety , if you no longer can go to work .No proper services , no outreach for people who ask for help – even what use to be voluntary walk in services in some areas , you need appointment now . If it’s not physically noticeable it’s not there & that surround us every day from the government , our friends , our colleges . Depression & associated illness that need mental health resources / is silently killing people of all walks of life .

    We need to March & demand the right for any one affected .

  • Erica Roche
    21st April 2016 at 3:02 pm

    This is not acceptable!! They will be wondering in a year or two when the stats of suicide rise again how it happened!! It will be their fault for pulling money that could go towards vital resources in rhe mental health sector!!

  • Alan Quinn Byrne
    21st April 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Healthcare is a right not a privilege !!! Government must realise this and meet our obligations under international human rights law

  • Tara Dowling
    21st April 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Mental health care in Ireland is barely supporting the people who need it due to already sparce funding. please don’t just pass it on to other areas as though people with mental health issues don’t matter. Don’t kick them when they’re down please.

  • Dawn Vaderaa
    21st April 2016 at 4:23 pm

    I honestly thought our current health minister had a bit more cop on. I’m very disappointed at this news. Access to mental health services in Cork is disgraceful.

  • Beverly Hemingway
    21st April 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Need more a and new guidelines for rehabilitation and treatment

  • Carmel
    21st April 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Until we have TD’s that have themselves or have had someone close to them that have had mental health issues that require treatment then they will never take it seriously as an illness. Most of them don’t seem to realise that there is no health without mental health.

  • Alma McQuade, the IACAT
    21st April 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Services are already under pressure. How can further cuts be justified?

  • Helen
    21st April 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Mental health problems actually exist, and the mentality of this country has to change because it’s not going away

  • Ruth Dixon
    21st April 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Disgusting just as a brave Irish lad speaks out about his struggle with depression. ..great timing Leo. ..what a kick in the teeth to him and all sufferers

  • Deirdre Doyle
    21st April 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Do not further impoverish the health of the people as regards mental health!

  • Kathleen Keane
    25th April 2016 at 11:42 pm

    A new core subject should be introduced into all schools. Social and emotional education as a new core subject in primary and secondary education.Funding for education of teachers on this new subject is whats needed. Money well spent in safeguarding the mental health of our future generations.

  • Patricia Vernon
    26th April 2016 at 12:16 pm

    It is unacceptable that funding for mental health is used for other areas of the health service.

  • Nicola Keane
    27th April 2016 at 9:56 am

    Mental Health desperately needs this money. Dont have the death of thousands of people on your hands because you decided that the money was best suited somewhere else.

  • Charlotte Gregson
    27th April 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Mental health matters.

  • Geraldine Morley
    27th April 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Please do not cut the Mental Health budget
    The system is lacking as it is and definitely needs improvement not a cut. Please start to recognise that people with a mental health problem need just as much help as those who have a physical one

  • Colette Coughlan
    27th April 2016 at 4:57 pm

    This country has major mental health issues at all ages and cannot afford to have funds diverted. Who. Has deemed that mental health is less important?

  • mary white
    28th April 2016 at 11:36 am

    Doctors and nurses working in the public mental health services in Ireland are the unsung heroes of our health service. They are overwhelmed with their work load and in many, many areas there is no access to private mental health services.

  • Margaret Hall
    5th May 2016 at 10:08 am

    Because you cant see it, does not mean it isn’t there, only those who have suffered will fully understand! Do not cut the Mental Health Budget!!

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