Friday, January 15, 2016

Mental health and well-being should be key issue for all political parties

Pictured above with Director of Mental Health Reform, Dr Shari McDaid, at the 'if elected' debate this week, Regina said that mental health and well-being must be a key issue for all political parties, as they finalise their manifestos ahead of the next General Election
Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty says that mental health and well-being must be a key issue for all political parties, as they finalise their manifestos ahead of the next General Election.

“This week I was very pleased to represent Fine Gael in an election debate hosted by Mental Health Reform. Mental Health Reform is the national coalition on mental health. The debate took place in the context of their campaign entitled ‘Our state of mind’. The campaign is aimed at keeping mental health on the political agenda ahead of the General Election.
“When I first got elected I was asked what committee I would prefer to work with I chose Health and Children, partly because of my interest in Mental Health and well-being and the services in the sector.  

“I volunteered to represent Fine Gael on the cross party committee for Mental Health and it has been a real pleasure to work alongside my colleagues on the committee over the past 5 years to put together a joint policy platform of what we would like to see delivered in this area.

“Fine Gael’s plans in this area will be outlined in our party manifesto. But my immediate priorities are to work to ensure we continue to resource our primary care mental health team to help reduce reliance on acute services and to continue to improve supports and responses for those who are in crisis. 

“Fine Gael has a long term plan to keep the recovery going. Our plan will deliver more new jobs, spread right across the country. This growth in employment will lead to affordable, sustainable improvements in services, such as those in the mental health sector. More people in work creates the resources to cut taxes for working people and invest in better services in areas such as mental health.

“The Government has achieved much in this area and we are planning to do much more. It is an issue we will be addressing for years to come, because our mental health and well-being is central to having happy lives.”

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