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MindWise hosted the Minister of State for Northern Ireland, Steve Baker, today at Inverary House.
Commenting on the meeting Anne Doherty, MindWise CEO, said "We are delighted to have welcomed the Minister to one of our flagship services, Inverary House. This exceptional homelessness hostel plays a pivotal role in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable people in our society."
"During this visit," Anne continued, "I took the opportunity to underline the pressing need for addressing the mental health funding deficit. In alignment with the Department of Health's 10-Year Mental Health Strategy, it was stressed to the Minister the significance of adhering to the World Health Organization's recommendation that 13% of the healthcare budget should be allocated to mental health services, as opposed to the approximate 5% currently allocated in Northern Ireland."
The far-reaching consequences arising from the absence of a functional Assembly, coupled with the loss of core funding were discussed in detail during the meeting. It was emphasised how these circumstances impact the lives of citizens, early intervention programs, preventive initiatives, the third sector, and its role as a vital community resource.
Anne extended MindWise's support for Minister Baker's ongoing commitment to forging a prosperous and united community in Northern Ireland. "We envision a community where human rights, equal opportunities, and community engagement are fully integrated into every facet of our lives. For those of us grappling with mental health challenges, it is imperative that further collaborative efforts across government are made to ensure we do not feel further marginalised from society. MindWise firmly believes that 'Mental Health is Everyone's Business,' and we are grateful for the Minister’s support in this regard."