Dáil debates

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Covid-19, Mental Health and Older People: Statements


11:20 am

Photo of Kieran O'DonnellKieran O'Donnell (Limerick City, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

I will use one minute and leave one minute for the Minister of State to respond. I want to bring up one specific matter. Mental health issues cross every age group and cohort. I want to zone in on a particular group. I am referring to the young students and office workers who are working from their bedrooms. I am certain that this is a hidden mental health issue. I want to know what the Minister of State is doing to ensure that when this cohort - the students and workers who are operating from their bedrooms - come out of the pandemic, they will be able to go back into the office environment. Social interaction is vital. What specific policy initiative is the Minister of State pursuing to ensure that this issue is addressed?


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