We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

24/7 supports

What's your mental health life saver? This group wants to know

The Mental Health Reform are calling for community mental health services to be available around the clock, seven days a week.

FOLLOWING THE DEATH of Hollywood actor Robin Williams the issue of mental health has been pushed to the fore.

Highlighting that mental health services are under resourced in Ireland, the national coalition Mental Health Reform have launched an new public campaign calling on the Government to ensure that community mental health services have the funding they need to provide around the clock crisis support across the country.

Seven day a week supports

Mental Health Reform Director Shari McDaid said: 

Lives could be saved if mental health services were available and accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But services are under-resourced and having difficulty meeting growing demand. At the end of last year, the HSE was down more than 1,000 full-time posts from March 2009 levels and  staffing levels were still a quarter below the levels set in the Government’s mental health policy A Vision for Change.

To highlight their campaign, they are asking the public to tell them what their “mental health life saver” is and are encouraging people to take to social media using #MentalHealthLifeSaver.

Here are some of the responses so far:

What’s your #MentalHealthLifeSaver

Read: Robin Williams remembered: All his most beloved roles in one place

Read: People are leaving tributes to Robin Williams outside the Mork and Mindy house

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.