Minister O’Malley attends launch of Schizophrenia Ireland’s Document “Supporting Life” in Limerick
Mr Tim O’Malley T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, addressed the launch of the Schizophrenia Ireland’s Document “Supporting Life”. “I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the importance and value of the work of Schizophrenia Ireland in highlighting and responding to the needs of those in our society who suffer from mental ill-health” Minister O’Malley said..
“Supporting Life” provides detailed information on a variety of areas including suicide prevention in Ireland, mental health services, national mental health policy, suicide and schizophrenia and dealing with suicidal thoughts. “The problem of suicide has become a serious one in this country. A suicide is a tragic and shattering occurrence that not only brings a life to an untimely end but also has a devastating impact on family and friends. It has been recognized that people with schizophrenia are more vulnerable to suicide than any other group in the general population” the Minister stated. “The work of Schizophrenia Ireland has contributed significantly to our growing understanding of mental illness and of the needs of those people who suffer with the illness” Minister O’Malley said.
Schizophrenia Ireland was founded in 1975 to promote awareness of the issues surrounding schizophrenia and mental illness in general. The organisation has since become involved in the promotion of research into the needs of relatives and sufferers living in the community. The services provided by Schizophrenia Ireland include counselling services, self-help groups for people suffering from schizophrenia who are managing the illness and a drop-in centre for people suffering mental illness. The organisation also provides a number of publications on the symptoms and treatment of schizophrenia.
Minister O’Malley complimented Schizophrenia Ireland on the publication of the document and paid tribute to all involved in the work of the organisation. “I believe that the services provided by Schizophrenia Ireland are of real practical value to the many people and their families” he said.