Letter of the week: Austerity hindering people's mental health

It was sad to once again read that someone has lost their life after a cliff fall.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 30 August, 2018, 12:46
Our writer fears austerity is adding to people's mental health problems.

There is no simple solution to this problem and I certainly don’t know what it is.

However, I do think more resources need to be directed into mental health care to help those who feel so desperate.

I am sure too these times of austerity will also be playing their part in the fact that more people decide to take their own life.

Janet Smyth

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