€130,000 funding boost for Wexford's It's Good 2 Talk
WEXFORD's It's Good 2 Talk counselling service has been given a €130,000 Christmas present by the government.
Minister of State for Primary Care, Mental Health and Disability Kathleen Lynch said the money would come from the HSE via a service level agreement which is likely to remain in effect over coming years.
Cllr George Lawlor said the minister had been very impressed with the work being done by It's Good 2 Talk and the announcement of the funding follows a lot of work behind the scenes by Minister Brendan Howlin.
Cllr Davy Hynes, chair of the board of the counselling service, said he was delighted at the news.'It's been a long time that we have waited and lobbied for this so this is a major boost and will ensure the future of the service, Basically it has been hand to mouth for four years,' said Cllr Hynes, 'the service makes counselling affordable for people who wouldn't normally be able to afford it and has proved itself over the last four years.' Its Good 2 Talk describes itself as a non-profit, low-cost professional psychological therapy centre helping people live mentally healthier lives. It welcomes, listens and supports anyone in need, offering access to specialised listening therapies including counselling and psychotherapy. Despite having provided many thousands of counselling hours to people in difficulty, It's Good 2 Talk has, until now, received no government funding, and has survived through client donations and the fund raising efforts undertaken on its behalf.