Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (127)

Maureen O'Sullivan

Question:

127. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Health his plans for the €6 million that has been allocated to promote positive mental health; the organisations that will be receiving this money; if he will consider allocating some of the funds to the young people's facilities and services fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13997/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The budget for the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) in 2014 is €8.8 million, an increase of 8% on the funding available in 2013. The NOSP is planning to provide funding in the region of €6 million to statutory services and over 30 non-governmental organisations to carry out a wide array of work in communities across the country, focusing on promoting positive mental health and reducing suicide and self harm.

As the responsibility for allocating this funding rests with the NOSP, I have referred the question to that Office for attention for direct reply to the Deputy.