The number of young people seeking help for mental health issues has increased four-fold over just two years, according to a leading support group.
Michelle Kerrigan, chief executive of Grow, said between 2010 and the end of 2012, the number of 18- to 35-year-olds attending its meetings around the country went from 4pc to 17pc.
The rise in people seeking help is due to greater awareness of mental well-being and the bravery of high-profile people who have spoken about their own problems, reducing the stigma around mental health difficulties, she pointed out.
"While the Government has made promises in the last two Budgets to invest €35m each year in community mental health services, to date there has been little or no follow-through," she said.
Speaking ahead of World Mental Health Day tomorrow, she issued a call on the Government to finally commit to delivering the €35m promised in the Programme for Government. For more details on Grow and its activities see www.grow.ie