Mental health issues are on the increase in Ireland, debilitating more and more people, placing greater strain on health services and costing the country up to €3bn annually. However, neither funding nor political commitment are being given to adequately address mental health issues. By Justin Frewen and Anna Frewen.
Mental health is a significant medical issue in Ireland. Studies have shown that a quarter of the population will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. And between 20-25% of health-related disabilities come under the category of mental ill health.