RECESSION CITED AS FACTOR AS DEMAND INCREASES FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN NORTH-EAST

24 August 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Co Monaghan and other parts of the north-east are undergoing an increase in the demand for mental health services – and the current recession is being cited as a significant factor in this trend.
“Financial pressures and unemployment have caused a spiralling of conditions among those who have been suffering from mental health issues and we’ve noticed a big increase in the numbers of enquiries to our help groups so far this year,” Mary French, co-ordinator of GROW Ireland in the north-eastern region said this week.
GROW, a mental health and awareness group, is planning to increase its services in the area as a result of heightened demand – and feels that the recession has led to an increase in mental health issues in this region.
GROW is to start two new regional groups in the north east in September and will be launching an awareness programme in October. In addition, it has just appointed a new regional manager.
A new GROW group will meet weekly at Navan Town every Monday from the 24th of September at a reserved room in the Navan Library from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
A second new group will meet in Cavan town, with the likely location of the Bridgewater Centre. Times and dates have yet to be set and those interested in attending should log onto www.grow.ie
GROW will also be running a four week long Community Mental Health Programme in October which …

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