Saturday 24 February 2018

Letters: A reform platform that ignores mental health

Lucinda Creighton addresses the Reform Alliance conference in the RDS last week. Picture: GERRY MOONEY.
Lucinda Creighton addresses the Reform Alliance conference in the RDS last week. Picture: GERRY MOONEY.

* I attended the Reform Alliance conference in Dublin. However, I was disappointed that the topic of mental health wasn't even mentioned by any of the speakers during the health discussion debate, in light of what I consider epidemic levels of suicide in this country.

However, I was given the opportunity to put forward my reform when the discussion was opened up to the floor. I proposed the establishment of a separate ministry with responsibility for mental health and suicide prevention.

I also believe there should be a new body set up, focusing on research into and prevention of suicide. Dealing with the latter, a quick search in Google reveals the plethora of organisations providing help in this area. Leaving aside the obvious duplication of services, how is someone to know which organisation is best suited to help them?

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