Politicians from all parties joined mental health activists, economists, trade unions and NGOs in launching a campaign this week to protect mental health serviced in the December budget.
While cuts have to be made, the reality is that mental health services have already been badly hit:
The mental health budget is at its lowest level in modern history.
Spending is down over 9 per cent in the last three years.
More than half the jobs cut last year by the HSE were in mental health, but it is a tiny fraction of the health workforce.
A campaign website has been set up at Warning: Serious Health Risk - Act now to protect mental health funding » Home Page where users can obtain more information, and can contact their local TDs.