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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Focus on media coverage of mental health issues

Published 24/09/2013 | 05:38

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The portrayal of mental health in the media was discussed at a major conference in Wexford by guest speakers including the actress Mary McEoy and the former Governor of Mountjoy Prison John Longergan.

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The conference in the Ferrycarrig Hotel last Thursday, entitled 'Mental Health and the Media, Friend or Foe?', was organised by the Mental Health Nurse Managers Ireland Association.

The event featuring a panel of speakers which also included the RTE broadcaster Aongus McAnally; Irish Times chief reporter Carl O'Brien; Consultant Forensic Psyshiatrist Professor Harry Kennedy and National Director Mental Health Services HSE, Stephen Mulvaney, was chaired by the broadcaster Anton Savage.

Kevin Plunkett chairman of the organising association said the media have an important role in mental health issues are discussed in the public domain.

He said it is appropriate that the conference took place in Wexford where the HSE is investing in the development of community-based mental health facilities.

During the conference Minister of State for Mental Health and Disabilities Kathleen Lynch launched a new programme of Certificates in Psychosocial Interventions for Nurses and Midwives and in Cognitive Behavioural Skills for Practice for registered nurses and midwives and health and social care professionals.

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