Budget 2014: Mental health services to get €35m boost
MENTAL health services are expected to get a €35m boost in the Budget despite the pressures to cut costs in the health service.
It is understood that there will be an additional €35m to improve mental health services - repeating the €35m provided in each of the last two Budgets.
This is against a backdrop of a Budget which is expected to contain huge cuts to the overall health service budget.
But there has been a big focus on the need to boost mental health services due to the increase in the number of suicides during the recession.
So far, the additional €70m provided over the last two Budgets has been used to hire 900 staff for community mental health teams.
TDs such as Fine Gael's Dan Neville have been campaigning for this funding boost to be continued.