Press Release

World Mental Health Day 2008 Minister Moloney notes the importance of making mental health a global priority

Mr. John Moloney, T.D, Minister for State with responsibility for Equality, Disability and Mental Health today, Friday 10th October 2008, World Mental Health Day said “Today presents 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. The economic costs are also significant”.

This is why the theme for Mental Health Day 2008 ‘Making Mental Health a Global Priority’ is so apt. “Mental health should be a key global priority. Mental health concerns everybody and each one of us should be facilitated in so far as possible in achieving and maintaining optimum mental health so that we can reach our full potential”.

The Minister welcomed the establishment of the ‘European Pact for Mental Health and Well-being’ which is a call for partnership action and an agreement on future joint actions to improve mental health in Europe. It recognises the health, social and economic benefits of good mental health for all and the need to overcome the taboo and stigma still associated with mental illness”.

The Minister added “the Pact will help to develop effective measures to promote and develop good mental health and well-being across Europe, strengthen preventive action and provide support to people experiencing mental health problems. Importantly, the Pact will provide us with more opportunities to exchange, co-ordinate and co-operate, on matters relating to mental health, which will help and encourage us to address the common challenges we face”.

Minister Moloney wished all those organising events to celebrate World Mental Health Day every success.