Press Release

Minister O’Malley Addresses Eastern Vocational Enterprises Ltd Conference

Mr. Tim O’Malley T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health & Children today (Wednesday 5th April 2006) addressed the Annual Conference of the Eastern Vocational Enterprises Ltd (EVE) Conference in Dublin.

EVE is a subsidiary company of the Health Service Executive which provides a network of training and employment services for people who experience mental health difficulties in Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare.

The theme of the conference is “Partnership and Empowerment in Mental Health Services” – developing meaningful partnerships in recovery-oriented services. “A comprehensive mental health care system requires that services at all levels – from community support groups, to voluntary groups, to primary care, to specialist mental health services – work in an integrated, coordinated fashion for the benefit of all people with mental health difficulties” the Minister said.

The Minister noted the recently-published Report of the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy “A Vision for Change” which proposes a holistic view of mental illness and recommends an integrated multidisciplinary approach to addressing the biological, psychological and social factors that contribute to mental health problems. “A person-centred treatment approach which addresses each of these elements through an integrated care plan, reflecting best practice, and most importantly evolved and agreed with both service users and their carers is proposed by the Group” added the Minister.

The Minister thanked the Eastern Vocational Enterprises Ltd for their work to date “Education and training is the cornerstone to advancement in the understanding of mental illness and improvements in methods of care. Heightening awareness will assist in eliminating many of the prejudices and misconceptions that surround mental illness” the Minister added.