Richard Boyd Barrett will be calling for alternatives to medication and coercion in mental health

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People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett will be speaking at 6.30pm at a sold-out debate this evening as part of the annual First Fortnight arts and mental health festival, where political parties will be asked to state their plans for mental health, if elected. The evening will be chaired by broadcaster and historian John Bowman.

The debate will take place at the Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices.

People Before Profit’s Mental Health Policy calls for  alternatives to medication and coercion in mental health.

Richard Boyd Barrett said, “It is essential that policy on mental health has an integrated approach and eradicating homelessness, poverty and reversing cuts in health and education will be vital to improve the lives of people with mental health problems.

It is also time to look at alternatives to medication and coercion and look at strategies that involve people in decisions about their own health and well-being ”.