Press Release

Minister O’Malley marks Lucia Week

Mr Tim O’Malley T.D., Minister for State at the Department of Health and Children, today (Wednesday 26th May, 2006) officially launched Schizophrenia Ireland’s research “Talking about Choice: Developing the dialogue for individual recovery and partnership” in Limerick.

‘Talking about Choice’ is Schizophrenia Ireland’s (SI) second survey of users’ experiences. This research was conducted on behalf of SI by UCD, Centre of Disability Studies. It enquired about the type of services received by individuals and the quality of those services.

The Minister welcomed the results of this survey, “the findings from this survey confirm service users’ views in relation to the present state of the mental health services and how they should be developed in the future. The necessity of involving service users and their carers in all aspects of service delivery is a key message for all of us” the Minister said.

The Minister noted that choice, recovery and partnership are all values and principles enshrined in “A Vision for Change” – the Report of the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy which was published earlier this year. This report is the first comprehensive review of mental health policy since Planning for the Future was published in 1984. It sets out an exciting vision of the future for mental health care in this country and a framework for action to implement this vision over the next 7 to 10 years.

The Minister paid tribute to everyone involved in the work of Schizophrenia Ireland and said that he believed that “Schizophrenia Ireland already plays and, I am confident, will continue to play a major role in educating public opinion about mental illness and in addressing the needs of all those affected by schizophrenia and related illnesses”. “I believe that the services it provides are of real practical value to the many families affected by mental illness” the Minister added.

Read the speech.