Mental Health in Ireland

Mental Health in Ireland

One of the most popular outcomes of Fuller Democracy was improving mental health services in Ireland. I estimate the running costs of a good, free-to-user mental health service in Ireland to be approximately 122 million Euro per annum (based on per capita equivalency to German spending). Compared to most items in the national budget, this is not that much money, especially as we are already spending ca. 30 million Euro, meaning that the gap is less than 100 million Euro. Not only that, a good mental health service will at least partially pay for itself, because it reduces incapacity to work, (e.g. due to depression); helps deal with, or better yet, prevent, addiction (not just to hard drugs, but e.g. cigarettes), which also saves money in the long run; gives people the tools they need to help them attain higher levels of education than they otherwise would have; reduces violence, etc., etc.