Mr McNulty said plans to start reforming Northern Ireland’s mental health services would make a huge difference for those in need of treatment.
And he called on the Ministry of Health and Mr Swann to keep their commitments.
However, Mr McNulty noted that the funding was not yet in place, with the minister saying an investment of £ 1.2bn would be needed over the next 10 years.
“Funding needs to be secured to allow for a complete overhaul of the way we deal with this issue; you can’t put a price on good mental health, ”says McNulty.
“It has been clear for some time that the way our health services deal with mental health is far from good enough.
“Too many people have not been able to access treatment when they needed it.
“Others languish on waiting lists for months and years hoping to be able to talk to someone.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the situation, with more and more people suffering from mental health issues as a result of the upheaval in their lives.
“I hope today’s announcement will be followed by tangible results, which will promote good mental health for everyone while providing services and facilities to those in difficulty,” added MP Newry.