Press Release

Minister Addresses HSE South Conference ‘Young Minds – Children’s Right to Mental Health’

Mr. Tim O’Malley T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health & Children today (Friday 6th October 2006) addressed the HSE South Conference ‘Young Minds – Children’s Right to Mental Health’ in Clonmel.

“The health of young people is vital to the creating and continuance of healthy societies. The transition from childhood to adulthood is a period during which the individual lays down the foundations for future life, and thus a positive orientation to the future is one of the cornerstones of good health” the Minister said.

The Minister welcomed the launch of the “The Clonmel Project– Mental Health Service needs of Child and Adolescents in the South East.

This research project conducted by Maeve Martin, Principal Psychologist with the HSE South in Clonmel, and Professor Alan Carr of UCD’s School of Psychology, is the largest study of its kind to be undertaken in Ireland. “The identification of the mental health needs of children and adolescents and the ways in which these needs can be appropriately addressed is invaluable work. Such data is vital for planning and delivering successful mental health services” the Minister said.

The Minister referred to the Report of the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy “A Vision for Change”, which sets out an exciting vision of the future for mental health care in this country and a framework for action to implement this vision over the next 7 to 10 years. “I would like to stress the Government’s commitment to the development of mental health services for children and adolescents. As Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Mental Health, it is my intention to ensure that psychiatric services for children and adolescents, both in-patient and community based, will continue to be prioritised in the coming years” added the Minister.

The Minister acknowledged the very important work performed by the HSE South towards mental wellbeing for children and adolescents and wished them continued success in their work.

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