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Seanad: Mental Health (Amendment) Bill 2017: Committee Stage (14 Feb 2018)

“I welcome the Minister of State back to the House to discuss mental health in Ireland. I support Deputy Browne's Bill, which takes some very positive and necessary steps to address some of the shortcomings in our mental health system and puts in place some constructive measures to improve it. Action is needed because we have failed to do certain things. Mental health reform has been a very...”

Seanad: Mental Health (Amendment) Bill 2017: Committee Stage (14 Feb 2018)

“I wanted to highlight a letter I received about the response the Minister of State gave me, suggesting that I needed to watch my language because of the effect it might have on people accessing the system. The parents involved, who wrote that letter to me and which I highlighted to the Minister of State, were very upset by his response. They said that instead of watching my language, we...”

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Future of Mental Health Care: Medication and Talk Therapy: Discussion (7 Feb 2018)

“It seems there is consensus here that talk therapies should be an integral part of the mental health system, particularly at primary care level but also right up through the system. We are all agreed on that and that talking therapies are an alternative to medication. There is some consensus on whether we, as a nation, are over-medicated. There is some division on the question; I have a...”

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