Press Release

Minister O´Malley officially opens the Community Mental Health Centre at Techport, Coolmine, Blanchardstown

Mr. Tim O´Malley T.D., Minister for State at the Department of Health and Children, today (Thursday 3rd June 2004) officially opens the Community Mental Health Centre at Techport, Coolmine, Blanchardstown.

The new Community Mental Health Centre will serve as a double sector headquarters for Blanchardstown Mental Health Services. The catchment area caters for a population of 80,000 and is divided into two sectors – the East and West Blanchardstown sectors. Access to specialist services available from the centre will include bereavement support, family therapy and behaviour psychotherapy. A new day services area on the ground floor will provide a TV/sitting room, training kitchen, team office and administrative support.

“The opening of this centre is yet another example of the great changes that have been unfolding in the mental health services in Ireland in recent times. The perception of an institutional style mental health service, standing in isolation and closed from the rest of the community, is thankfully becoming a thing of the past” said Minister O´Malley.

The Minister congratulated the Northern Area Health Board on the opening of the centre. He said “The Health Board and its staff are to be commended for their efforts in promoting change for the betterment of the community”.

Minister O´Malley also referred to the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy which he established last year. He said that the Expert Group are examining all aspects of mental health care and treatment, updating the policy document “Planning for the Future” which was published in 1984. The Minister expects the Group to report to him in 2005.