Sinn Féin MLA Pádraig Delargy has welcomed confirmation that Finance Minister Conor Murphy has included money to fund the first three years of the Mental health Strategy within the draft budget.
The Foyle MLA commented: “Mental Health services have historically been severely underfunded by the Department of Health, with many families and communities struggling to access an overstretched, overworked service.
“I welcome confirmation that the Finance Minister has proposed to fund the first three years for health, including funding for the mental health strategy within the draft budget.
“The funding covering the first three years of the mental health budget will cover investment into CAMHS, addiction and crisis services.
“It is vital that the Minister of Health champions investing in mental health services and projects within his Department, especially as Conor Murphy has followed through with his promise to prioritise health in the multiyear budget.
“I will be raising the issue of full funding for the substance use and suicide prevention strategies with the Health Minister and Department officials in the N