Mental Health Reform campaign "Invest in my mental health"
Mental Health Reform, the national coalition on mental health, launched a campaign for mental health funding in Budget 2016. The campaign, called “Invest in my mental health”, calls on the Government to provide a minimum of €35 million additional funding for mental health services.
Speaking at the campaign launch Shari McDaid, Director of Mental Health Reform, said: “Time is running out for this Government to honour its Programme for Government commitment on mental health supports in Ireland. With seven weeks until Budget Day in October, we are calling for at least €35 million in Budget 2016 towards improvement of comprehensive, community based mental health services. Despite some recent investment and developments, mental health funding still falls far short of what is needed. Staffing in May of this year was still 22% below recommended levels and services are struggling to cope with staff shortages.”
- You can download the petition sheet below (and attached) for people who want to sign offline.
- Petition download link: https://www.
mentalhealthreform.ie/wp- content/uploads/2015/08/ Petition-2015.pdf
- Return the petition to us by so we can deliver it to Government before Budget Day.
- You can support the campaign by adding the campaign logo, a megaphone, to your Twitter and Facebook profile picture, both organisational and personal accounts.
- Download the megaphone 'Twibbon' here in very easy steps: http://twibbon.com/
- Use the hashtag #MentalHealthMegaphone
when tweeting about the campaign.
- We want to give people a chance to send their own message to Government. Here's how:
- Download the blank megaphone (https://www.
mentalhealthreform.ie/wp-) content/uploads/2015/08/Blank- megaphone.pdf
- Print it and write your message on mental health funding to Government
- Take a selfie and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or @MHReform with the hashtag # MentalHealthMegaphone
- Find your selfie on the online gallery https://www.
Survey on the use of Valporate/Epilim on women
Are you a Women currently taking the medication Valproate (Epilim)?
Shine is currently taking part in research conducted by F.A.C.S. ( Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome group.) F.A.C.S. aims to advocate for better information from the Department of Health and related agencies of the possible side effects to expectant mothers of medications which contain valproate. F.A.C.S. would like women who are currently taking valproate (Epilim) to complete the survey. The survey is anonymous and confidential and will inform F.A.C.S. of current information sharing on the medication Valproate (Epilim). For Further information please contact Susan Mc Feely, Shine Regional Development Officer on 01 860 1620. To complete survey please click on Link below.
EUFAMI Caring for Carer's Survey Results for Ireland
In 2014, an international survey was carried out by EUFAMI to get a clearer picture of the experiences of family caregivers for persons with a severe mental illness.
Please see below the individual country report for Ireland containing specific outcomes and results from Irish caregivers.
Also available to download is a factsheet about the survey and an infographic containing relevant results from Ireland.
A special interactive website has been launched with all of the resulsts of the survey, including the overall survey report and the country reports: www.caringformentalhealth.org
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