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Out of Silence - Minister McEntee to launch first ever film on women’s mental health in Ireland produced by NWCI

Published: Tuesday, March 07, 2017

“There’s an expectation that women are more comfortable discussing their feelings. I never did that.” Grace

“I wanted to not be pregnant anymore, or not be me anymore, or not be here anymore.” BethAnne

“I just feel so sorry for her, and I’m so happy that I’m not that girl anymore.” Emma

In advance of International Women’s Day, 8 March, Helen McEntee, Minister for Mental Health and Older People will be launching “Out of Silence: Women’s Mental Health in Ireland”, the first ever film specifically highlighting the experiences of women affected by mental health issues in Ireland.

The film was produced by the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) on the occasion of the World Congress on Women’s Mental Health that is currently taking place in the RDS, 6-9 March.

The short film combines testimonies and expert interviews, making the case for a specific action plan on women’s health in Ireland.

Helen McEntee TD, Minister for Mental Health and Older People said,

“This film is an important piece of work for not only bringing to the fore very real issues that need to be heard, but humanising them further through the showcasing of powerful direct experiences. It highlights the path to be taken to ensure that women’s mental health needs are recognised as different but equal to men’s.”

Orla O’Connor, Director of NWCI said,

“The film is so powerful because it really puts women’s voices and experiences at the centre and we want to sincerely thank the women who shared their stories. Currently, women’s mental health is invisible in Ireland. We wanted this film to be a wakeup call for us to look much more closely at the services and supports women experiencing mental health difficulties need. More than other health issues, mental health issues are experienced very differently between women and men and we need both political and health responses that reflect these differences. As a first important step, we urgently need to invest in research in order to better understand the mental health needs of women in Ireland and develop an action plan on women’s health to complement the existing health action plan for men. ”

The production and launch of this film was made possible with the generous support of the National Lottery, the Department of Health, the Health Services Executive and Dublin City Council.

What: Film Premiere “Out of Silence: Women’s Mental Health in Ireland”

When: 7th March, 8 – 10 pm

Where: City Hall, Dublin

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For more information, please contact Sarah Clarkin, Tel. 085 861 9087 or Niamh O’Carroll Tel: 087 6286171