A recent public survey commissioned by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) shows that the COVID-19 Pandemic continues to have a negative impact on our mental health.
The survey reveals a worrying increase in adults experiencing mental health issues. three in every ten of those surveyed revealed that they often felt stressed, (compared with 11% in 2019), 23% often felt anxious (compared with 8% in 2019), and 18% often felt lonely/isolated (4% in 2019).
Commenting on the results Lisa Molloy, CEO of the IACP says: “These results are shocking, but not surprising, there will need to be increased government support for Counselling and Psychotherapy in Budget 2022.”
This week, the IACP launched its Pre-Budget Submission 2022, in which it calls for Tax relief to be fully extended to counselling and psychotherapy, as a qualifying health expense, in Budget 2022, and the application of exemption of VAT, now rated at 13.5% on earnings over €37,500 for counsellors and psychotherapists from 2022.
IACP Cathaoirleach Bernie Hackett explained: “Our requests are about equity, our members are not being treated by the government as equals to other allied health professionals, these requests will increase access to counselling and psychotherapy services to the taxpayer”.
The IACP is also calling on their members and supporters of Counselling and Psychotherapy to write to their representatives in the Oireachtas via an advocacy platform, details of which can be found at: https://iacp.agitate.ie/act/irish-association-for-counselling-and-psychotherapy-pre-budg/
IACP’s pre-budget submission can be found at iacp.ie/iacp-pre-budget-submission-2022