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‘Healthy Ireland’ survey ‘has stark omission of mental health’ – Devine

31 October, 2017 - by Máire Devine

Sinn Féin Seanad Spokesperson on Mental Health Senator Devine has today commended on the ‘obvious’ and ‘glaring’ lack of a chapter on mental health and wellbeing in the recently published ‘Healthy Ireland’ repot from the HSE.

Senator Devine said:

“The report of the ‘Healthy Ireland’ survey 2017 was launched late last week, and aims to outline key health trends and data for the population. While the Healthy Ireland strategy includes the promotion of positive mental health, this objective did not get a mention within the latest report.

“I am extremely concerned that these latest survey findings indicate the lack of priority that mental health and wellbeing is receiving by this government.  If we are to have a healthy Ireland, then we must include wellbeing, resilience, and coping as a part of this.

“There is ever growing availability of evidence that there are real and tangible ways to foster wellbeing within the community, and we have a responsibility to ensure that these techniques are available to everybody.

“I have written to the Minister to request clarity on the exclusion of mental health and wellbeing within this report, and I look forward to his response.” 

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