‘Funding must be secured to transform mental health services’ – Newry MLA | Newry Times

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Monday, July 5th, 2021

SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty MLA has welcomed Health Minister Robin Swann’s new 10-Year Mental Health Strategy.


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Mr McNulty said the plans to begin the reform of Northern Ireland’s mental health services would make a huge difference for those requiring treatment.



And he called on the Department of Health and Mr Swann to follow through on their commitments.

However, Mr McNulty noted that the funding was not yet in place, with the Minister saying an investment of £1.2bn would be needed over the next 10 years.

“The funding must be guaranteed to allow a complete overhaul of the way we handle this issue; you cannot put a price on good mental health,” McNulty says.



“It has been clear for some time that the way our health services deal with mental health is nowhere near good enough.

“Too many people have been unable to access treatment when they need it.



“Others languish on waiting lists for months and years in the hope of being able to speak to someone.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the situation, with more and more people suffering from mental health issues as a result of the upheaval in their lives.


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“I hope today’s announcement will be followed by tangible results, which will promote good mental health for everyone while providing services and facilities for those who are struggling,” the Newry MLA adds.




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