Louth has lowest spend per capita on Mental Health Services

Figures provided to Sinn Féin

Donard McCabe

Reporter:

Donard McCabe

Louth has lowest spend per capita on Mental Health Services

Louth has lowest spend per capita on Mental Health Services

Information provided to Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams, reveals that Louth has the lowest spend per capita on Mental Health services.

Commenting on the recent response to one of a series of questions put to the Minister for Health, Deputy Adams stated:

"I have consistently raised the fact that Mental Health services in Louth are not meeting the needs of our communities. This latest response in a series of questions to the Minister for Health shows clearly that government are not providing the funding needed to do this.

“While progress has been made in providing a state of the art Mental Health facility in Drogheda, we still have no CAMHS services for children and adolescents , nor any fit for purpose community Mental Health services in Dundalk.

“A HSE profile shows that 16% of people in Louth reported as having a long lasting psychological condition.

"Louth also has a higher than average admission rate to hospital for anxiety and depression. Yet access to services are determined by geography and not on the basis of need."