Mental Health Reform is asking people in Tipperary to support an eight week pre-budget campaign calling on the Government to ‘Do What Works’ for mental health, by investing in measures that are known to be both effective and cost-effective for improving mental health.
Orla Barry, director of Mental Health Reform, said: “The need for investment in community mental health services in Tipperary becomes clear when we consider that provisional suicide figures for the county were above the national average in 2011, while the per-capita spend on mental health decreased between 2010 and 2011.”
“We know what works for mental health. We need to have mental health services based in the community, with a range of multidisciplinary staff who offer a range of treatment options. People need easy access to mental health support through their GP and access to talking therapies. People with a mental health difficulty need support to get into and maintain employment and secure accommodation. These are things that work for people’s mental health,” said Ms Barry.
“While we have had promises in the last two Budgets that the government would invest €35 million each year in community mental health services, the follow through on these promises has been frustratingly slow. We now need a firm commitment in Budget 2014 that the €35m promised in the Programme for Government will be delivered and spent in a timely manner in 2014,” Ms Barry said.
The petition, which runs until Budget Day on October 15, 2013, can be accessed via www.mentalhealthreform.ie/petition2013 and will be sent to the Taoiseach, Minister for Finance, Minister for Health, Minister of State for Mental Health and Minister of State for Primary Care ahead of Budget Day.