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Click here to read the origin story of The Reuven Field Foundation

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What we do

Learn about our fundraising efforts and how we put your donations to work

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Who we are

Meet the founding team and board of directors

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WHY THIS MATTERS

Over 40% of Irish adults have a mental health difficulty (source), which is in line with other developed nations around the world, however, decades of underfunding have resulted in chronic shortages of mental health services across the state. Just 5.1% of the 2023 annual health budget is spent on mental health services (€1.2 bn of €23.4 bn budget – source), while the World Health Organisation recommends a minimum of 12% (source) for developed nations.

This underfunding has continued into 2024 with just 5% of the annual budget invested, despite calls from Mental Health Reform Ireland to increase this to a minimum of 10% (source)

This shortage in funds has unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, affected the most vulnerable members of society the most. The Mental Health Commission published reports in 2023 that showcased around 4,000 people on waiting lists to receive mental health care across the state (source), with suicidal children waiting over 50 days to speak to a mental health professional (source).

This lack of funding is leading to devastating outcomes for children and families across the country, and putting unbearable strain on our wonderful mental health professionals and teams. The trauma experienced often leads to far more costly downstream issues such as addiction, homelessness, domestic violence, anti social behaviour and absenteeism to name a few. These issues are complex and very difficult to address, but early intervention with proper mental health services would dramatically reduce the cost to the state and society. This is why The Reuven Field Foundation has been set up with the mission to Make Mental Health Services Accessible to All.

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OUR FIRST PROJECT

In 2023 we raised €80,000 to fund one year’s operations of a Rural Mobile Mental Health Unit that provided care to recently housed homeless people who had been granted a tenancy by Peter McVerry Trust, a well established national housing and homelessness charity. These vulnerable individuals needed healthcare for a mental health difficulty but had been housed in a rural area that does not have transport links to key services that are located in urban centres.

On September 1st 2023 we hired the first member of this Mobile Mental Health Unit, a Clinical Nurse Specialist (Mental Health Nurse), who traveled to visit 70 individuals and families with identified mental health difficulties. This CNS was able to refer 46 individuals for specialist treatment and services and 40 of those patients had successful outcomes or made positive progress.

You can download a detailed impact report here PMVT RMMHU 2023-2024. This report has been provided to the HSE as a case study to demonstrate the need and impact of investment in community based mental health services, and we urgently call on the government to increase investment in mental health services, particularly in rural areas around Ireland.

Mobile Mental Health Unit

Year 1 Donations : €80,000 / €80,000 Target Achieved!

In our first year of operations we set a target of €80,000 to employ a Clinical Nurse Specialist (Mental Health Nurse) and provide them with a vehicle so they can reach vulnerable individuals and families. We have reached our goal for 2023 and will be publishing details of our year 2 project shortly

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