County Wexford meeting on mental health services
A public meeting on mental health services in the county takes place in the Horse and Hound, Ballinaboola this Friday May 20.
Speaking ahead of the 'We Do Mind' meeting, which is being organised by campaigner Jane Johnstone, Deputy Mick Wallace said it was 'obvious that the last government didn't show a great deal of interest in mental health issues' and it was vital that communities came together to save lives.
'Jane Johnstone is the driving force behind We Do Mind, which is one part a public awareness meeting to let people know what supports are being provided by voluntary groups and organisations in Wexford, and one part a conference, where these hard- working groups get to meet each other and look at how to tackle any deficiencies we may have in mental health supports.
'So it's a case of what do we have in Wexford and what do we need?' Wallace said in a statement.
The meeting will include speakers from voluntary groups who are working in the area of mental health in Wexford and nationally. It's also planned to take questions from the public, who may require help and support.
'In a perfect world we wouldn't have to do this, but obviously we don't live in a perfect world. We can give out about the Government and the HSE ignoring the mental health issue, the lack of an acute mental health service in Wexford, our county's high suicide rate, severe cuts to the mental health budget, but at the end of the day, as a community, we simply need to take action in order to save lives,' said the deputy.
Among the organisations who have been invited to participate in We Do Mind are: Console, Cura, Wexford Rape Crisis Centre, It's Good 2 Talk, Family Life Service, Wexford Local Development Traveller Community Health Program, County Wexford Community Based Drugs Initative, The Cornmarket Project, Aiseiri, Open Minds, New Me, New Ross, Aware, The Collective Sensory Group, Gorey Family Resource Centre, South End Community Group, Maudlintown, Taghmon Family Resource Centre, Barnados, Youth New Ross, Maryville Mental Health Centre, Eolas Soilear, Wexford Marinewatch, Wexford's Fight for Acute Mental Health Mental Health Service (campaign), FDYS and Cycle against Suicide . If any other group which works in the area of Mental Health are interested in participating they should contact Jane Johnstone on 086 3717753.