The absolutely baffled reaction to the impending cuts to Ireland's mental health budget 4 years ago

The absolutely baffled reaction to the impending cuts to Ireland's mental health budget

"54 days since the election, probably 80 lives have been lost".

The Minister for Health has said that some funding for mental health services will be taken out of the 2016 budget, but will be transferred back in next year. Leo Varadkar has stated that money was set aside to provide 1,550 new staff for mental health services but that target was no longer realistic.

As many of you know, Ireland has one of the highest rates of suicide in the world and this decision by the government has provoked an angry outcry from concerned citizens.

Plenty of JOE readers were incense at the news and they were happy to express their disgust on our Facebook page.

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A petition has been set-up to prevent the reduction of the budget and you can sign it here.