Thursday, 4 October 2012

Mental Health Petition - Tell All Your Friends!

Please pass on the following information to all your friends. It is about you and your present and future wellbeing. Tweet it, facebook it, scribble it down on paper. Just make sure you pass the message on. Here goes…

‘Don’t Drop The Ball Campaign’
This afternoon campaigners from Mental Health Reform will be at Smokeys to inform students about their new campaign ‘Don’t Drop the ball on Mental Health’ and asking everybody to support the online petition at .

The campaign was launched on Monday by former Ireland and Munster rugby star Alan Quinlan and Mental Health Reform’s Director Orla Barry, who urged the Government to continue investing in community mental health services and not to drop the ball on mental health in next year’s Budget.  

Orla Barry commented: “the current Government promised to invest €35 million every year in developing community mental health services, yet little of this money has been spent in 2012. We are asking them to keep their word and invest a full €35 million in 2013.”

“The mental health of Ireland’s population is under severe strain and our mental health services are in an important time of transition towards modern, community-based services. Further cuts to the mental health budget risk undermining work already done and safety within our existing services”, Ms. Barry concluded.

At the launch, Quinlan called on the public to support the campaign: “I know from my own experience how important it is that people get the help they need, in their local communities.  With the right support, people will have the chance to recover their mental health and live their lives to the fullest. We need to show that there is public support out there for this issue. Join the campaign on".

If you see any of the campaigners on campus give them a big céad míle fáilte, have a chat, sign the petition and ask what can you do to help.

Looking for ideas on how you can look after you and your friends mental health? Here's four things worth checking out:
Walk & Talk for World Mental Health Day
Mind Body & Soul
Health Connect Volunteers
D'Mess Talk Tonight - It'll be epic!


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