'Is Ireland on the Edge?'- Mental Health in Ireland

Pfizer announces details of 2010 Health Forum Series in association with The Irish Times

'Is Ireland on the Edge?'- Mental Health in Ireland

'Is Ireland on the Edge?'- Mental Health in Ireland

Pfizer announces details of 2010 Health Forum Series in association with The Irish Times

Kick-off forum to focus on mental health…

Day, Date, March 2010: The first in the 2010 Pfizer Health Forum series in association with the Irish Times will be held tomorrow evening, Tuesday 30th March 2010 in the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, at which the topic of mental health will be discussed by a group of leading commentators and experts. 'Is Ireland on the Edge?' - Mental Health in Ireland will be the focus of the evening discussion with panellists including well-known psychiatrist Professor Ivor Browne; Dr. Tony Bates of the youth mental health organisation, Headstrong; Mr. Geoff Day of the National Office for Suicide Prevention and Mr. John Redican, the National Service Users Executive, the body which informs the HSE and the Mental Health Commission on issues relating to mental health services in Ireland.

The Forum series will include 6 events throughout 2010, in various counties across Ireland including Dublin, Cork, Galway, Waterford and Athlone. An expansion of the Health Debate series that ran across the country throughout 2009,  it is envisaged they will present further opportunity for the general public to hear key opinion leaders discuss issues relating to health. It is foreseen they will stimulate interest in, and discussion on, various aspects of healthcare in Ireland. A different health topic will be up for discussion at each forum, with experts openly discussing the issue and members of the public invited to add comment. All of the forums are open to the general public, free of charge, through advance registration; with details of each forum announced throughout the year. Moderator of the forum series will be Irish Times Assistant Editor Fintan O'Toole. 

Tara Delaney, Director of External Affairs and Communications, Pfizer said; "Building on the success of the debate series in 2009, Pfizer is pleased to embark on another series of free healthcare events across Ireland with the launch of the 2010 Health Forum Series in association with the Irish Times. Members of the public have an appetite for open and candid dialogue on relevant health issues in Ireland and these forums will give people yet another opportunity to listen to experts in health thrash out key issues and ask honest, and sometimes uncomfortable, questions. Social and health issues need to be discussed and everyone has a stake in health and healthcare and should have the opportunity to hear issues and voice their opinions."

Also commenting on the forums, Barry O'Keeffe of the Irish Times said; "These forums aim to extend issues on health to a wider audience by being open for free to the general public in a number of locations across Ireland. Throughout the year we will cover a number of different areas relating to health and I envisage they will go some way to satisfying Irish people's interest in health-related issues."

Details on subsequent forums and speakers will be announced in The Irish Times. Members of the public are asked to register their attendance in advance by emailing healthforums@ogilvy.com or calling Orla Dormer on (01) 669 0030.

Published: 30th March 2010.


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