HSE must follow through on Bereavement Counselling services – Smyth

Niamh Smyth TD– No services available for families in Cavan and Monaghan –

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has called on the Minister for Health to ensure that the HSE continues discussions with Pieta House to establish a bereavement counselling service for families in Cavan and Monaghan.

Deputy Smyth has expressed her frustration that the Cavan-Monaghan Connecting for Life Strategy, which was launched over a year ago, has still not been fully implemented.

“Bereavement services are an important part of any well rounded health strategy, but shockingly there are no such services available in either Cavan or Monaghan.  While I appreciate that the Mental Health Service undertook discussions with Pieta House to establish an outreach bereavement counselling service for Cavan and Monaghan, I am disappointed that very little progress has been made”, explained Deputy Smyth.

“I understand from correspondence that Pieta House put forward a fully costed submission to the HSE to establish a full service hub at a cost of €233,000, however the HSE appears to want to provide a service rather than a full hub, and have allocated €80,000 for the programme.

“I am calling on Minister Harris to ensure that the HSE continues its engagement with Pieta House to see what compromise could be reached.  These services are so important for so many families across the two counties, particularly for children who have lost somebody close to them.  It is vitally important that these services are provided and I am urging all parties in these discussions to continue talks until a successful conclusion can be reached.”

Please find my Parliamentary Question on this matter here – Pieta House 30.07.18