Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry releases research paper calling for no further lockdowns to protect public sanity

THE government should avoid any future blockages and ensure that 15% of the overall health budget is allocated to mental health services, said Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry.

A new research paper compiled by Mr. MacSharry on the impact of the pandemic on people’s mental health has proposed several actions to tackle the impact on people’s well-being.

The Sligo-Leitrim TD said he had interviewed hundreds of general practitioners, gardaí, counselors, psychotherapists, coroners, charities and selected students and found an overwhelming opinion that Covid- 19 had a negative impact on mental health.

Almost 9 in 10 respondents to the survey said the state had not done enough to address the impacts of the pandemic on mental health.

Sligo-Leitrim TD’s research paper, co-authored with political science graduate Dylan McKenna-Murphy, recommends that the budget for funding mental health be increased to 15% of the overall annual health budget – an increase by compared to the 6.3% currently allocated.

He says funding for charities and section 39 organizations should be directly linked to results.

Future lockdowns should be avoided through the use of rapid test technology to avoid shutting down society and the economy, says the research paper by Mr MacSharry, a frequent critic of lockdowns.

The document was distributed to Minister of State for Mental Health Mary Butler and her colleagues in the parliamentary party Fianna Fáil.

It recommends expanding the availability of online mental health service resources.

It also calls for a greater focus on mental health and wellness education, an awareness campaign to target key groups affected by the pandemic and calls for the creation of a statutory body to regulate counselors. and psychotherapists.

“With the arrival of Covid-19 in the state, like many countries, we had difficulty in orienting ourselves. The preferred policy pursued was that of full / partial national lockdowns, to a fairly severe and lengthy extent when considered in an international context, ”writes MacSharry in the research paper.

“In fact, the propensity, ease and duration for which the blocks were used made Ireland almost unique in the world in this regard.”

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