The Government is to launch a €3 million mental health fund, to provide grants to community organisations to help combat loneliness.

The Minister of State for Mental Health Jim Daly has secured the funding, separate from the HSE's mental health budget, for community-based projects to help combat loneliness, which has been described as "an epidemic" by Erris-based GP and Senator Dr Keith Swanick.

This was one of the recommendations of the taskforce on loneliness, chaired by Senator Swanick and Sean Moynihan of the Alone charity.

Senator Swanick says community group will be able to submit applications for grants of between €5,000 and €100,000 for local projects based on mental wellbeing, and alleviating loneliness, and he's welcomed the allocation of €3 million, following on from the taskforce report....

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