Mental Health in the General Election

The General Election on the 8th of February 2020 must be a General Election in which mental health is given priority. Ireland’s mental health services are in a state of crisis and have suffered from years of significant under-investment, staffing shortages and access difficulties.

Mental Health Reform have launched the General Election 2020 Manifesto and call on candidates to pledge, if elected, to implement in full these essential changes for our mental health services.

  • We need substantial investment in Ireland’s mental health services: Ireland’s mental health budget must move from 6% of the overall health budget at least 10% of the overall health budget.
  • Ireland’s mental health services are not accessible 24/7: Crisis mental health services need to be accessible to every community in Ireland, for people of all ages.
  • Ireland’s mental health law does not give adequate protect people’s rights when they are in hospital for mental health treatment: The draft legislation to update the Mental Health Act, 2001, must be published in full and the law must be updated.

You can find more information on the Mental Health Reform website

You can support the campaign by asking your candidates how they will support better mental health service if elected:

  • What are your plans to increase investment in mental health?
  • Will you prioritise making mental health services available 24/7? How?
  • How will you progress the update of Ireland’s mental health laws?

You can also support the campaign online: 

  • Like and share our posts on social media
  • Tag your local candidates in our social media posts
  • Ask candidates how they plan to make mental health a priority
  • Donate to help make our voice louder


Let’s make mental health a priority in the General Election 2020!