Call for €32m Budget spend on youth mental health care

Investment in youth mental health care should be a Government priority in the autumn budget, a leading young people’s organisation has urged.

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) called for a €32 million spend on improving services for children and young adults with mental health difficulties in its costed pre-budget submission.

It is also asked for almost €50 million to be spent on halving long-term youth unemployment, €24 million to restore the full adult rate of jobseekers’ allowance for young people and €7.5 million to enhance youth work services.

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