Press Release

Minister Lenihan Opens New Centre for Teen Counselling

Mr. Brian Lenihan T.D., Minister for State at the Department of Health and Children today (Monday 31st March 2003) opened the new centre for Teen Counselling in Ballybrack.

The Minister noted that Teen Counselling provide confidential emotional support for teenagers and their parents who are experiencing feelings of distress. “In developing these services‘Teen Counselling’ has provided a valuable opportunity for us to learn about the relationships which exist between children, adolescents and their parents and how these relationships can impact on the lives of young people. It also provides us all with a better understanding of the effects of preventing and coping with difficult situations” the Minister said.

In his address, the Minister referred to the fact that adolescence is traditionally viewed as a time of profound change when young people make the transition to adult status. “This transition is not easy and for many young people is accompanied by levels of self-doubt, fear and stress. An important aspect of coping with this change will be to promote self-esteem and self-confidence and to ensure that all young people develop personal and social skills” the Minister added.

The Minister referred to the steady progress being made in developing a specialised service for child and adolescent psychiatric services. He noted that additional funding of€1.640m was provided in 2003 to continue this work.

The Minister thanked the staff of Teen Counselling for their dedicated work and wished them continued success.