13/02/11

Green Party Dublin West candidate, Roderic O’Gorman, has endorsed the ‘Get on Board for Youth Mental Health’ campaign. The campaign is being run by a number of youth groups, to promote youth mental health within the political agenda.

“I’m delighted to support this really important campaign. Mental health issues can effect up to 1 in 5 young people. Intervention at an early stage offers relief, but also prevents these problems getting worse as the individual ages. However, this requires that the proper services are in place”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

The Get on Board for Youth Mental Health campaign is being run by four youth groups: Foroige, Belong To, Reach Out and Headstrong. The campaign are asking candidates in the general election to pose with a mock bus ticket showing that they are ‘on board’ for supporting youth mental health. The climax of the campaign will be in the final week, when a large turquoise double-decker bus will tour the country.

“The key aim behind this campaign is to highlight the importance of youth mental health at this stage to election candidates, with a view to making further progress on the issue in the next Dail. If elected in Dublin West, it is certainly a cause I will champion”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

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