Press Release

Minister O’Malley addresses the Mental Health Conference – Bridging the Gap

Mr. Tim O’Malley T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children today (Wednesday 16th February 2005) addressed the Mental Health Conference, Bridging the Gap, at South Ring Business Park, Cork. The theme of this conference was to showcase new initiatives that bridge the gap and meet the mental health needs of the Cork and Kerry region. The conference was also intended to bridge the gap and promote cross boundary working between primary care and the mental health service.

The Minister noted that the number of speakers presenting different perspectives on developments in mental health services provided an opportunity to acknowledge the importance and value of their work in the delivery of mental health services. “I wish to acknowledge that conference days like this are not only important but essential and provide an invaluable opportunity for all clinicians to acquire up to date information, share ideas and network in relation to meeting health care needs in a constantly changing environment,” the Minister said. Minister O’Malley referred to World Health Organisation estimates that one in four people will be affected by a mental health issue at some stage of his or her life. “This is why preventing mental disorders and promoting positive mental health is of immense interest” the Minister added.

The Minister stated that the Government is fully committed to furthering the process of developing a comprehensive, community-based mental health service which is integrated with other health services.

In conclusion, Minister O’Malley reiterated the importance of building on the work to-date, in partnership with other healthcare providers, to promote the health and well-being of those with mental health issues.