Deputy Murphy supports Mental Health

By Dan Walsh

Wexford Independent TD Verona Murphy, along with her colleagues in The Regional Independent Group of TDs, have secured cross party support for their motion on Mental Health which was brought to the Dail floor on Wednesday morning.


Speaking from Leinster House Deputy Murphy said “Referrals for mental health services have significantly increased during the pandemic. The pandemic continues to have a profound impact on people; increasing social isolation, loneliness, anxiety, depression and undermining the social and cultural supports that we all rely on. The Government needs to stop talking about what they intend to do and put action to their promises. The mental health system was not adequately prepared to cope with the significant increase in demand experienced over the last few months”.

Ms. Murphy added; “The Covid-19 pandemic is impacting profoundly on the mental health of our population regardless of age. It is having detrimental effects on young and older people and support services available to them.  Over 2,000 young people are awaiting appointments for CAMHS. Our own CAMHS unit in County Wexford remains without a child psychologist and dietician and I will be working hard and demanding that these vital positions are filled without further delay.” 

Concluding, Deputy Murphy said; “The Government’s response to the pandemic cannot continue to deny or delay access to people who urgently require mental health supports. We need to apply a whole-of-society approach to promote, protect and care for mental health, as mental health actions need to be considered essential components of the continued national response of COVID-19.

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