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Ní Riada to host conference focusing on mental health in the work place

8 December, 2015 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada will this week host a European Mental Health Conference in the European Parliament in Brussels, in association with Mental Health Europe.

Ms Ní Riada will be joined by three other MEPs from across Europe.

Speaking today, ahead of the event, Ms Ní Riada said,

"In June of this year I hosted a Mental Health delegation to the European Parliament, made up of participants from organisations such as Pieta House, Mental Health Ireland, Action Mental Health, SOSAD, 3TS and Mental Health reform.  

"This conference is essentially a follow up to the delegation and we will be reiterating our calls for improved mental health services, but it looks more specifically atthe role of employment in the lives of persons with mental health problems.

"Topics such as mental health as a key issue for labour market and social policies and early mental health intervention in the workplace are on the agenda and will be addressed by stakeholders such as Bob Grove -Senior Policy Officer, Mental Health Europe and Emmanuelle Grange,Head of Unit Disability, European Commission.

"Most people with mental health problems want to work. Most also recover from their mental health difficulty and are able to work. Yet, in Ireland, it has been estimated that less than 30 per cent of individuals with a mental health disability are in work.

"The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that strategies such as promotion of mental health in the workplace, protection of mental health in unemployed people and recognition of mental disorders in the workplace, are essential to ensure collaboration with the employment sector and mental health policy.

"I am confident that from the conference on Thursday that we will tackle some of these strategies and come up with concrete plans to ensure that those people with experience of a mental health problem who want to and are able to work have effective, equal access to the labour market." ENDS

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