Press Release

Minister Callely addresses the “Out and About” Conference

Mr. Ivor Callelly T.D., Minister for State at the Department of Health and Children today (13 November, 2002) addressed the conference on “The Anxiety of Loss – New Beginnings” hosted by the “Out and About” Association in conjunction with the Northern Area Health Board (NAHB) and St. Vincent´s Hospital, Fairview in Dublin.

The “Out and About” Association is a National self-help organization for suffers of agoraphobia and panic attacks.

“The power of self-help is a critical factor in any healing process. A sense of being able to share and discuss ones fears and emotions within an understanding environment is invaluable and of tremendous solace at a time of crisis.” the Minister said.

The Minister paid tribute to attendees from both the statutory and voluntary sectors. “An occasion such as this is testament to the importance of recognizing the effect of loss and on the importance of providing appropriate support mechanisms for people who experience anxiety and depression following the trauma of this loss”: the Minister added.

In his address, the Minister referred to the fact that every person will face some sorrow and disappointment in their lives. What the conference is focusing on today is the specific help we need to enable us to face our grief fully, and to recover and grow from the experience.

The Minister thanked all involved in the organisation of this conference and wished them continued success in their work.