‘All-Ireland mental health strategy needed’ – Fearon

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Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has called for an all Ireland approach to mental health. fearon21The South Armagh representative said only an all Ireland strategy could tackle ‘the scourge of self harm and suicide’. She was speaking as the party carried out a series of meetings with community groups north and south to build support for such a move. “Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has said she will be making mental health a key focus of her time in office and has also vowed that her vision for health will not be bound by the border,” she said. “These are very welcome comments and I know that our all-Ireland Spokesperson on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Mary Lou McDonald, has been pushing for an all Ireland approach to these issues in the Dáil. “Mental health and suicide know no boundaries of class or political allegiance. As a community, we need to work together and learn from each other and support each other in the work that lies ahead. The challenges are considerable but we have the talent and energy in the community to make a huge difference.
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Annie newry times box ad“We need a joined up mental health strategy and we need proper resourcing, fresh thinking and political will to make the change. Fearon added, “These changes affect every community in every town, in every village and every city right across Ireland, so individuals and families who have struggled with mental health or loss by suicide must remember they are not on their own.”
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