Press Release

Minister O’Malley launches Schizophrenia Ireland’s handbook ‘Discover the Road Ahead’

Mr Tim O’Malley T.D., Minister for State at the Department of Health and Children, today (Wednesday, 29th March 2006) officially launched Schizophrenia Ireland’s handbook ‘Discover the Road Ahead’ : Support and Guidance for Everyone Affected by Schizophrenia in Dublin.

‘Discover the Road Ahead’ : Support and Guidance for Everyone Affected by Schizophrenia is an initiative of Schizophrenia Ireland designed to offer support to anyone who has been affected by schizophrenia or psychosis and has been written by people who have first hand experience of coping with schizophrenia.

The Minister welcomed the launch of the handbook and took the 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”.

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. He referred to the contribution made to the Expert Group by Mr John Saunders, Director of Schizophrenia Ireland and said “that Mr Saunder’s knowledge and experience was of great value to the group”.

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”.

The Minister paid tribute to everyone involved in the work of Schizophrenia Ireland and said that he believed “the services it provides are of real practical value to the many families affected by mental illness”.