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Senator Freeman made Chair of Committee on the Future of Mental Healthcare, October 2017

Since being nominated to the Seanad, I have advocated for the creation of a Committee on Mental Healthcare in Ireland and was successful in getting Government agreement to its creation in my first year as Senator. This is the first Committee of its kind dedicated exclusively to mental healthcare in Ireland and the first of…

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Senator Freeman launches Public Consultation Committee Report on Children’s Mental Health in Ireland October 2017

In early 2017, I requested a Public Consultation Day in the Seanad to discuss the adequacy of mental health services in Ireland for children. I was granted the day and accordingly an invitation was sent out to the public inviting submissions from parents, service providers and lobby groups operating within the mental health service in Ireland.…

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Seanad Public Consultation Committee Report on Children's Mental Health Services

Urgent need for staffing in Children’s mental health services – Seanad Public Consultation Committee report

There is a chronic lack of standardised services and a lack of clarity surrounding the operation of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Ireland, particularly from the perspective of service users, according to a new report on Children’s Mental Health Services from the Seanad Public Consultation Committee. In order that the equity and…

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The Voice

I can’t remember the exact moment that I found out about the issues that face children with mental health difficulties. I don’t remember either when I first felt the rumblings of indignation. But now I am acutely aware of every single thing that affects children and, in particular, our most vulnerable children. What I do…

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“The Price on Changing Attitudes in Healthcare is More Cost Effective than High-in-the-sky pre-Budget Figures”

The first two weeks of Government is already witnessing TDs, Senators and lobby groups drafting pre-budget submissions in advance of the 15th October 2016. Once again, the term “ring-fencing” will be attached to huge figures alongside a scattergun approach to objectives and little reflection on the real worth of pre-budget submissions. Such high-in-the-sky approach in…

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