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Mental health charity lists its fears over budget cuts

By Joanne Fleming

Action Mental Health has warned of the impact of impending Stormont budget restraints in its '12 Cuts of Christmas' festive message.

Aiming to provide an in-depth look into how its provision could be adversely affected by the cuts, it headed its list of concerns with a warning that those with mental health conditions will be less able to enter the workplace. The list of 12 also included warnings of an increase in economic inactivity and sickness rates in Northern Ireland.

David Babington, chief executive of Action Mental Health, said: "Annually we create massive dividends for the NI economy through helping thousands back into work and through alleviating hospitals through our preventative and recovery work programmes."

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