Press Release

Minister O’Malley launches 10th Anniversary of Fingal Counselling Service

Mr Tim O’Malley T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, today (Tuesday 28th March 2006) officially launched the 10th Anniversary of Fingal Counselling Service.

The Minister welcomed the launch and said it gave him the opportunity to acknowledge and recognise the importance of Fingal Counselling Service “in providing confidential emotional support to people who are experiencing a variety of problems”.

Fingal Counselling Service was founded in response to a number of tragedies in the area to provide professional and accessible low-cost counselling services to the neighbourhood.

The Minister referred to the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy which he established in August 2003 to prepare a national policy framework for the further modernisation of mental health services.

The Minister said ‘A Vision for Change’, the Report of the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy which was launched in January 2006, had been accepted by Government as the basis for the future development of mental health policy. He said a core principle underlying this policy was “that people suffering from any form of ill health should be enabled to live as independently as possible”.

He said the Expert Group 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.

The Minister said that “the demand for psychological and social therapies and the evidence for their effectiveness have been growing in recent years”.

The Minister paid tribute to everyone involved in the work of the Fingal Counselling Service and wished the organisation continued success in its future endeavours.