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Mental Health and Addiction ‘is not about political point scoring’ – McDonald

5 May, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin TD and deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has spoken of the positive engagement at this morning’s conference on Dual Diagnosis: Mental Health and Addiction held in Dundalk today.

The party Mental Health spokesperson said:

“We had a very positive and informed engagement at our final regional conference on Dual Diagnosis: mental health and addiction in Dundalk this morning.

“We heard from professionals from the HSE and those who work in the voluntary sector, but most poignantly of all, we heard from service users.

“As at all our other conferences I have held across the country on this subject, this conference was about listening to people.  Letting people tell their stories and talk about their experiences.  Therein lays the success of these conferences.

“The large attendance today shows that there is a growing awareness of the issue.  There is a growing awareness that people should be treated holistically.

“I welcome that the HSE recognise that there is a problem and is addressing it.  There should be an integration of both addiction and mental health services.  Mental illness and addiction can be two sides of the same coin.  If you don’t treat them together, you can’t beat either. This is what we have been hearing today and at our other conferences.

“I have made it clear that tackling problems around mental health and addiction is not about political point scoring.

“It’s about getting things right and meeting those problems head on.”

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