Press Release

Minister O´Malley launches joint publication of Schizophrenia Ireland and the Irish Psychiatric Association

Mr. Tim O´Malley T.D., Minister for State at the Department of Health and Children this evening (Tuesday 22nd July, 2003) officially launched “Towards Recovery” a joint publication by Schizophrenia Ireland and the Irish Psychiatric Association in Limerick. Towards Recovery is a document setting out Good Practice Guidelines in the treatment, care, rehabilitation and recovery of people diagnosed with schizophrenia and related mental health disorders.

In his address, the Minister stated that schizophrenia has traditionally been a hidden illness that people were embarrassed to talk about. “I am confident that the information contained in this publication will go a long way towards a better understanding of the problems surrounding schizophrenia and mental illness” said the Minister.

“Both organisations involved are aiming to make delivery of mental healthcare more equitable and effective countrywide, and recognise that a collaborative approach represents the best way forward for both the service user and service provider” the Minister said.

The Minister also referred to the dramatic changes which have taken place in the practice of mental health care delivery in this country in recent years. “The mental health services, both statutory and voluntary, have met the challenges of change in recent years with enthusiasm and vigor and I am confident that the further development of our services, in a spirit of partnership between statutory and voluntary bodies, will be approached in the same positive manner” the Minister stated.

The Minister thanked Schizophrenia Ireland and the Irish Psychiatric Association for their work in educating public opinion about mental illness and wished them continued success.

Minister O´Malley´s Speech