Thousands call for Government to invest in Ireland’s mental healthMental Health Reform, the national coalition on mental health, was today (08/10/2015) joined by representatives of its 54 member organisations to deliver thousands of petition signatures to Minister of State for Primary and Social Care Kathleen Lynch TD, calling for increased investment in mental health and related social services in Budget 2016. The petition is part of the coalition’s Invest in my mental health campaign, which saw over 6,500 people sign up and which included local visits to TD clinics across the country. Pictured at the launch were Minister Kathleen Lynch & Shari McDaid, MHR’s Director.
Pictured at the launch of Scrappy But Happy 5 were Justin Cannon, Ray Fitzgerald & Billy Weekes of Dublin Simon Community. Scrappy But Happy 5 is the fifth collection of artwork, creative writing, and decorative and visual arts produced by people accessing Dublin Simon Community services. The development of the publication gives people with the experience of homelessness and social exclusion a much valued voice and a sense of pride in seeing their work in print. The variety of pieces are a mix of humour, poignancy, joy and sincerity reflecting the individuality of each contributor. The project is part of the Dublin Simon Community’s Learning and Development service, which aims to provide education, training and personal development to foster wellbeing, independence and progression options such as further education, volunteering and employment. The book was launched by Lynn Ruane, President of the Student Union in Trinity College Dublin.