The Social Democrats have promised to reform mental health services in the country in order to put users and their families first.

The party said services are currently offered on a "piecemeal" basis, which has created a disorganised system with many gaps.

If in government the party said it would fully implement the Sláintecare proposals, which includes increasing the mental health allocation of the health budget from 6% to 10%.

The Social Democrats said it would ensure "effective and timely" primary and community mental health services were available across the country, while it would also improve the funding and organisation of acute and in-patient services.

Meanwhile the party says it would improve education on mental health, while also launching evidence-based prevention strategies.