9.2.17. Dublin. Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People, Helen McEntee TD visit to Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre. ©Photo by Derek Speirs

Helen McEntee, TD Minister for Mental Health and Older People visited Pavee Point today and heard about the serious mental health issues facing Travellers:

·         A suicide rate that is 7 times greater than the national average

·         Factors contributing to poor mental health among Travellers – unemployment, poor accommodation and discrimination

·         Barriers to mental health  services

Our Men’s Mental Health Worker, Patrick Reilly spoke about the need for targeted services for Travellers and for Traveller voices to be heard within Minister McEntee’s Department.  

Minister Helen McEntee TD talking to Men's Mental Health Worker, Patrick Reilly. ©Photo by Derek Speirs

Minister Helen McEntee TD talking to Men’s Mental Health Worker, Patrick Reilly. ©Photo by Derek Speirs

Traveller Community Health Workers from our Primary Health Care Project spoke about the ongoing stressful challenges facing Traveller families on a day to day basis.

Minister McEntee agreed that the statistics on Traveller mental health are shocking and that more needs to be done.

Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People, Helen McEntee TD hears from Mary Brigid Collins, Primary Health Care Co-Ordinator ©Photo by Derek Speirs

Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People, Helen McEntee TD hears from Mary Brigid Collins, Primary Health Care Co-Ordinator ©Photo by Derek Speirs

Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People, Helen McEntee TD - the statistics on Traveller mental health are shocking. ©Photo by Derek Speirs.

Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People, Helen McEntee TD – the statistics on Traveller mental health are shocking. ©Photo by Derek Speirs.