Kildare South TD and Minister Martin Heydon has highlighted that an additional €20 million has been made available by Government for mental health services and community and voluntary groups, including those across Kildare, as part of the revised Covid plan.
Minister Heydon explained that “in announcing the updated plan for managing our way through the pandemic, ‘The Path Ahead’, the Government has confirmed the allocation of an extra €10 million to meet the increase need for mental health services as well as an additional €10m for local community and voluntary groups.
“This is a clear recognition of the serious impact of the Covid restrictions on the mental health and wellbeing of our people, in addition to the challenges to our physical and economic wellbeing.
“Auxiliary mental health supports will continue to be offered remotely to ensure those in isolation can access assistance when needed. We will ensure access for people and families in need to online information, digital counselling and the roll out of a national 24/7 crisis textline. It is so important people can gain access to the supports they need immediately.”
Minister Heydon added that a further top-up of €10 million will also be made available to enable critical services “to continue being delivered to vulnerable groups in our communities. The community and voluntary sector has been an integral part of the response to the pandemic and many groups and organisations have played a vital role in keeping communities going at this difficult time.”