Here is something which we all love to talk about in recent times, our country’s mental health. With the most shocking and well-known statistic of 1 in every 4 people will suffer from some sort of mental health issue, we need to do more.
As we all know mental health difficulties are so common these days that it is expected that we do all we can to help and prevent things from progressing. With another distressing statistic claiming that 10 people will die from suicide this week in Ireland, we should be doing all we can to prevent these things from occurring.
The Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has announced plans to cut the mental health budget announced in October by 1/3 or €12 million in order to allocate it to other areas of the health service.
Another blow for our mental health crisis, obviously the government do not realise how essential these programmes are to their public and their lack of understanding and sympathy to those who suffer and will now have to suffer in silence due to these cutbacks.
The media have spoken over and over again about these issues but is the government really listening?
With a €35 million budget about to be cut into a third of that, it puts services out of reach for those who need them most. Not everyone can afford to go private and see a therapist or psychologist that can cost anywhere between €50-€100 per session.
Again mental health awareness has been spread and talked about much more in today’s society and thankfully we are becoming more in tune with it but to continue to cut back on funding for something that affects nearly a quarter of the nation is just madness.