Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs

Youth Mental Health: Discussion

Mr. Jim Ryan:

It can be difficult, internationally, to see what one initiative can make a difference. It can be a combination or matrix response rather than a single initiative. The Deputy asked about the money spent in the HSE. I assure the Deputy that all the money allocated for mental health is being spent within mental health services. The Deputy mentioned recruitment challenges and the work of a previous committee, and those challenges remain. We have invested HSE funding in additional undergraduate and postgraduate nursing, and by September 2020, there should be an additional approximately 60 nurses per year. The number will go from 295 this year to 350 next year. That is because we have invested HSE mental health money in paying colleges to put through more undergraduate nurses as well as postgraduate students. We hope that will make a difference because we have many challenges in that regard.