|Seeking changes. Leonie Fennell meets with Irish Minister, Kathleen Lynch|
Two days ago Leonie Fennell and Tony Donnelly, along with a supporting cast of patient advocates, met with Irish mental health minister Kathleen Lynch.
It was a meeting that Lynch wished to remain private and out of the public domain.
One has to ask why?
Is Lynch trying to suppress voices here? Is she merely playing lip service and wishes to be seen as an advocate that is pro-antidepressant use...but doesn't want people to know about her stance?
I cannot fathom why a mental health minister would make such a suggestion, does she not think this is a matter of great public concern?
Leonie...being Leonie, has published details of the meeting on her blog...and so she should.
I'm fed up of governments telling us what to do when by suppressing voices only serves to make them look good.
Well, the meeting isn't private any more, it's in the public domain and if Lynch doesn't like it then boo hoo.
The focus is solely on her now. What is she going to do with the evidence supplied to her at the meeting, is she going to ignore it or just pass it on to departments that have a template specially designed for queries involving antidepressants and suicide? You know the types of letters that contain the words 'benefit outweigh risks' and how they [SSRi's] have 'benefited millions of people worldwide'.
Lynch, or any other politician for that matter, cannot suppress voices, to even think that she has that power distances her from the real people. She's not the only politician or minister that use their power like wand-waving wizards.
We have a huge problem here and throwing a blanket over it, as Lynch wanted to, merely serves the purpose of burying ones head in the sand in the hope that the problem will disappear.
Lynch is in for a surprise as I envisage that Leonie Fennell will not let go of this.
I suspect that the template is already in place and those present at this meeting will receive the kind of limp-wristed response that ensues when politicians, ministers and regulators are backed into a corner regarding antidepressant use.
I sincerely hope I'm wrong.
Read about the meeting HERE