Friday, April 24, 2009

Clondalkin Sinn Féin Public Health Meeting

For immediate release 24th April 2009:
Public Health meeting to be held in Neilstown- O'Connor
Sinn Féin Clondalkin Councillor Shane O'Connor and north Clondalkin representative Matthew Mc Donagh have called a public meeting on health in Neilstown. The meeting will take place Thursday 30th April at 7pm in Neilstown Community centre. Speaking from his Clondalkin base Councillor O'Connor said:

“This meeting has been organised in response to numerous requests from local people to come up with real solutions to the ongoing problems in our health service and in particular the problem of youth mental health.” The Clondalkin Councilllor continued “We're assembling a broad group of people to address this forum, ranging from local residents to local youth workers, and indeed our own Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó'Caoláin will be in attendance. Our main speaker on the night wil be Dr Tony Bates who is founding director of Headstrong – The National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland. Headstrong is an independent charity committed to championing the mental health needs of young people and to working with communities to design and implement comprehensive systems of care and support for all young people.
Tony’s core professional training is as a clinical psychologist, with a special interest in working with mindfulness-based programmes in mental health settings. He is also a full-time writer and editor of Ireland’s current mental health policy – A Vision for Change.

Cllr O' Connor concluded by adding that; “The main objective of the meeting is to highlight the real concerns that local people have about our health service and in particular youth mental health and to try as a community to come up with some realistic solutions. We're trying to give a real voice to the people, we in Sinn Féin are doing our best to bring democracy to the people and believes that the Children's and Adolescent Mental Health Services should prioritise the promotion of positive mental health, the prevention of mental ill health, and the provision of accessible and effective treatment” ENDS

For further information on this meeting contact Organiser Kevin Tunney on 0879317624

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