Copyright © Kevin Cooper Photoline NUJ: Paula Bradley MLA Chair of the Health Committee, speaking at campaign “More Dough Needed” to the steps of Parliament Buildings on Thursday 15 September 2016 with Deputy Chair of the Health Committee, Paula Bradley MLA and Gary Middleton MLA with MLAs. Mental health rights campaigners from different parts of the north including Belfast, Derry, Draperstown and Cookstown took their campaign to the steps of Parliament Buildings on Thursday 15 September 2016, along with MLAs and mental health charities, to call on the Minister of Health Michelle O’Neill MLA to increase funding for mental health services, as part of their #MoreDoughNeeded campaign. The Mental Health Rights Campaign group gave an Open Letter to the Health Minister calling for funding of mental health services in line with need. While mental health accounts for approximately 25% of health cases it currently receives only 8.5% of the health budget. The open letter was also supported by many MLAs including the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Health Committee, Paula Bradley MLA and Gary Middleton MLA as well as the Chair of the All Party Group on Mental Health Mark H Durkan MLA, who all attendance the #MoreDoughNeeded event. Campaigners held Unfair Share Cake 3 foot cake, individual cup cakes and an A1 size copy of the open letter. Mental Health Rights Campaigners told the Health Minister ‘more dough needed’.
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