Saturday 20 January 2018

Mental illness stigma persists

I refer to the article in last Saturday's Irish Independent by Mary Kenny entitled "Spending public money on mental health problems is not necessarily a good prescription".

May I suggest that her arguments are based on false assumptions and poor knowledge of mental ill-health and mental healthcare services.

Ireland has traditionally had a mental healthcare system based on institutional care, while it is at present in transformation to a modern community-based mental healthcare service where the emphasis is on supporting the person with the mental illness and the family in their own community.

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