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Great to be involved in the latest episode of #WhereTheresAWill, alongside @ShariMcDaid @DrJohnHillery @IrishPsychiatry @MentalHealthIrl. Fascinating listen on the politics and policies of our mental health system. Check out the Podcast in the link below! #EndTheStigma https://t.co/Ou5OWkKvvi

Very sorry not to be in the Seanad this evening to support the Occupied Territories Bill. Unfortunately am very unwell, but I fully support the bill and commend Sen @frances_black for her work on this issue. 👏 https://t.co/EimisuzOOL
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Delighted to speak with @TodaySOR today about the Occupied Territories Bill, why Ireland must oppose injustice in #Palestine & new legal opinion showing we can. Bill returns to Seanad next Weds 28th, time to take a stand! 🇵🇸🇮🇪 Listen back: https://t.co/bKsCqhnzPz #SettlementGoods https://t.co/BrK2nnvuHt

It was a pleasure to attend the launch of Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention. I have the utmost respect for the LTSP volunteers, who risk their own lives to patrol the banks of the River Shannon & provide support to those in suicidal distress. #Limerick should be so proud. https://t.co/fukxSQv3I0 SenJoanFreeman photo

Privileged to be included in Noel Murphy's work alongside all 53 female Oireachtas members. Commemorating 100 yrs of women's suffrage and recognising the record number of women in our houses of legislation. Brilliant to see numbers increasing but still a long way to go! #Vótáil100 https://t.co/tNTIZ7ev6u SenJoanFreeman photo

Wishing all the team at @solacehouseinc, New York, a very #HappyThanksgiving. Hope you all have a wonderful day! https://t.co/Gi6fCMoeyc SenJoanFreeman photo

Happy 30th birthday @ISPCCChildline! Brilliant performance from the students of St. James NS Samba band. #WorldChildrensDay https://t.co/9rhRm1SKpS

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Joan Freeman
Joan Freeman
Delighted to be involved in the latest episode of Where There's A Will by A Lust For Life.

A Lust For Life is an extraordinary charity that is actively campaigning for society to talk more openly about mental health. In this episode, we delved into policies and politics of the mental health system in Ireland.

Have a listen to the full podcast in the link below - https://itunes.apple.com/ie/podcast/where-theres-a-will/id1441313134?mt=2

(Video via A Lust For Life)
Joan Freeman
Joan Freeman
Joan Freeman
Great night at the launch of Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention.

I have the utmost respect for the LTSP volunteers, who risk their own lives to patrol the banks of the River Shannon and provide support to those in suicidal distress. Their courage, compassion and empathy serve as an inspiration to us all.

Thank you to Celine, Stephen, Colin and Declan for the warm welcome. It was a pleasure to be involved in this very special night.
Joan Freeman
Joan Freeman
It's a privilege to be included in Noel Murphy's painting alongside all 53 female Oireachtas members. The artwork was commissioned to mark the record number of women in our houses of legislation and to commemorate the centenary of women acquiring the right to vote and be elected to Parliament.

Gender balance in politics is necessary for a good, healthy society and its brilliant to see numbers increasing, but we still have a massive way to go.

How do we encourage more women to enter into politics?
Joan Freeman
Joan Freeman
The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Future of Mental Health Care recently finished up and published its final report on what it believes must be done to ensure the provision of a comprehensive mental healthcare service in Ireland.

As Chairperson of the Committee, I asked Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar on whether he will confirm the creation of a permanent mental health care committee.

And, I ask you all to voice your support for this.

Ireland must be more ambitious. We are closing hospital wards rather than expanding services. At any given time, we have approximately 50 beds for acutely mentally ill children when more than 2,800 children are on waiting lists needing a timely service. The latest figures show that, at the end of August, 6,340 children were on a waiting list for primary care psychology.

A permanent committee will ensure that the budget and services for mental health will not disappear, but rather the committee will continue to make practical recommendations, backed by experts, to steer us towards a mental health service that is fit for purpose.
Joan Freeman
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