Tuesday 26 September 2017

Political parties treating mental health with lip service

Funds diverted: Acting Health Minister Leo Varadkar. Photo: Mark Condren
Funds diverted: Acting Health Minister Leo Varadkar. Photo: Mark Condren
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Watching the events last night in Dáil Éireann I felt a great sense of shame at the state of our political system. Just 64 out of 158 elective representations turned up to debate Leo Varadkar's recent diversion of €12m from mental health services.

I realised our political system has turned the term 'mental health' into a mere buzzword.

As a 20-year-old, I have personally seen the desperate need for increased funding in our mental health services. Ireland by its rural nature is a country pre-disposed to certain mental illness such as depression or anxiety. As a country, we should have a heightened awareness of our mental health to combat this.

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