Press Release

Minister O´Malley launches Pro-Teen Matters

Mr. Tim O´Malley T.D., Minister for State at the Department of Health and Children today (Wednesday 9th October, 2002) launched Pro-Teen Matters in Dublin.

Mental Health Ireland´s Pro-Teen Matters is a web based magazine for young people, which deals with mental health issues in an age appropriate matter.

“An event such as this is testament to the importance MHI places on educating our young people on the importance of positive mental health and well-being” the Minister said. The Minister noted that the web site is being launched to mark World Mental Health Day which is Thursday 10th October. “I believe the site will be of real practical value to all teenagers” the Minister added.

In his address, the Minister referred to the fact that the web magazine is a follow up to ´Mental Health Matters Schools Project´, which is a Resource Pack used in schools. MHI is supporting the implementation of the programme through teacher training.

“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” added the Minister.

The Minister referred to the steady progress being made in developing a specialised service for child and adolescent psychiatric services. He noted that additional funding of €6.061m was provided in 2002 to broaden child and adolescent psychiatric services by supporting the recruitment of additional consultants and the further enhancement of existing multi-disciplinary teams. Each health board now has funding for a minimum of 3 consultant-led child and adolescent multi-disciplinary teams.

The Minister thanked Mental Health Ireland for their work in responding to the needs of the vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society and wished them continued success.