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Mental health group demands pledges on cash

CAMPAIGNERS for mental health services became the latest group to demand written guarantees that promises made to them will be delivered.

About 60 protesters from the organisation Mental Health Reform and other mental health campaigners gathered at Government Buildings yesterday.

The campaigners are concerned by reports the Coalition will use €35m pledged for community mental health services on the deficit in the HSE.

Junior minister Kathleen Lynch has said the majority of promised community mental health services positions would be in place by the end of the year.

But the group is concerned about the delay and uncertainty, Mental Health Reform director Orla Barry said.

"Once again, mental health is being seen as the easy target for budget cuts, because people experiencing mental health difficulties are sometimes not in a position to stand up and shout about it. It is wholly unacceptable that the Government's commitment is not being honoured," she said.

Irish Independent