Wednesday October 21, 2020

‘I didn’t feel safe any more’: charities prepare for a mental health crisis

As charities struggle to cope with an upsurge in mental health cases, will the extra €50 million promised in the budget be enough to close the gap?

Daniel Murray

Business Reporter

18th October, 2020
Fiona Coyle, chief executive of the Mental Health Reform: charities hit by Covid Picture: Fergal Phillips

Peter was 17 when he was first diagnosed with depression. Having spent years on and off medication and attending private counselling, he finally got his mental health condition under control, a positive development that proved difficult to maintain when the Covid-19 pandemic reached Ireland.

“When the outbreak arrived, I went to the darkest place I have ever been,” he told the Business Post.

Following the first lockdown in March, pay cuts, redundancy...

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