Press Release

World Mental Health Day – 10th October, 2010

Mr. John Moloney, T.D, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children with responsibility for Mental Health and Disability today, (10th October,2010) World Mental Health Day said, “World Mental Health Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness about mental health issues and to promote positive attitudes and a greater understanding of mental health”.

The Minister said “The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 1 in 4 people will experience some mental health problems in their lifetime. Mental health affects society as a whole and the consequences of mental ill health can be considerable and wide ranging. World Mental Health Day also gives me an opportunity to raise awareness about the stigma associated with mental health problems and the negative affect it can have on people’s lives”.

The Minister said “For too long there has been a lack of openness in relation to mental health and consequently many mental health problems have remained unacknowledged, unrecognised and untreated. Regrettably the subject of mental health has traditionally been surrounded by myth and stigma and this has prevented many people from seeking help”.

The Minister continued “I am very hopeful that the ‘See Change’ – Stigma Reduction Campaign which I launched earlier this year will help create an environment where people are more open and positive in their attitudes and behaviour towards mental health and promote greater understanding, acceptance and support for people with mental health problems.”

Minister Moloney will be in Ballybofey on Monday 18th October (8pm in Donegal Community Forum in Balor Arts Centre, Main Street, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal) as part of the series of “Town Hall” meetings arranged as part of the ‘See Change’ campaign.