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€1m of new funding from the Department of Health

By: William Thavenot

Updated: 13 December 2021

€1m of new funding from the Department of Health

MyMind Funding Announcement


MyMind announces €1m of new funding from the Department of Health to provide targeted and free mental health support in Ireland.


MyMind is pleased to announce today, Monday 13 December, a significant new investment of €1m from the Department of Health, to provide free mental health support to certain groups who may not otherwise have access to mental health services. While eligibility will not be overly restrictive, the new funding will provide for up to 16,500 free counselling sessions in 2022 specifically for, by way of example, those from low-income households, those who have been significantly affected by Covid-19, or the survivors of the mother and baby homes.


Capitalising on MyMind’s existing platform and network of over 150 fully trained and qualified counsellors, this announcement will mean those seeking mental health support, and who meet the eligibility criteria, will have immediate access to support, with no waiting lists or need for a GP referral, with appointments available either face-to-face or virtually.


MyMind has been in operation since 2006, with its blended healthcare model’s success proven over 15 years, helping over 35,000 individuals across more than 210,000 appointments in this period. This funding will allow MyMind to continue delivering on its primary charitable objective, to provide accessible and affordable mental health support for all.


Following the announcement, MyMind CEO Krystian Fikert said:


I am proud that MyMind is once again joining with the Department of Health to offer free mental health support to some of those who need it most, yet may not be able to afford it. According to the World Health Organisation, 1 in 4 people in Ireland will need mental health support in their lives. With the extreme pressures on society at the moment, particularly as a result of Covid-19, this funding announcement is both timely and much needed to help improve the mental health of the nation.


MyMind is well placed to help in this regard. In 2021 we worked with the HSE in providing free mental health support to many people impacted by Covid-19 and through this new funding, we are delighted to be able to continue the free provision of mental health support to some of those most in need.


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