Press Release

Minister O´Malley Launches Information Leaflets for Mental Health Ireland

Mr. Tim O´Malley T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children today (Monday 14th April 2003) launched Information Leaflets for Mental Health Ireland in Limerick.

The leaflets cover themes such as ´Mental Health for Young people´, ´Facts about Medicines´, ´Stress´ and ´Mental Health in the workplace´.

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 noted that the workplace has been identified as a prime source of stress that can, in turn, result in ill-health. An increasing number of people are taking time off work with stress related conditions. “It is important, therefore, that stress in the workplace, is addressed, not only because of the cost implications for employers, which are significant, but also because failure to address the issue will impact negatively on the mental well-being of staff” added the Minister.

The Minister thanked Mental Health Ireland for their work in educating public opinion about mental illness and wished them continued success.