An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar Supports Our #GrowingConversations Mental Health Campaign at Inspirefest 2019
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar was welcomed at Inspirefest by Cat Oyler (J&J VP, Global Public Health, TB) and Laurent de Saint Sernin (General Manager, Commercial Operations, Janssen Sciences Ireland) where he showed his support for the launch of the #GrowingConversations campaign, developed by Janssen in partnership with leading mental health organizations Aware and See Change to reduce stigma and help the public better understand the nature of mental illness.
Janssen was the exclusive healthcare sponsor of Inspirefest, Europe’s leading Sci-Tech- Art festival, that took place on 16 and 17thof May in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre (Dublin). This festival explores the future of science, technology and creativity.
Cat Oyler, as keynote speaker, shared our company’s vision of a world without disease, support for Women in STEM and highlighted disease interception in mental illness. She said, “J&J is engaged in supporting all stages of life and is uniquely positioned to play a leading role in the identification of healthcare issues and solutions. We must collaborate with different industries to deliver a truly transformational healthcare ecosystem. That is why events such as Inspirefest are so important in helping to nurture new ideas and opportunities for collaboration, bringing us one step closer to a world without disease.”
During an on-stage panel discussion on the importance of Mental Health Literacy, Laurent de Saint Sernin, told the story of Dr Paul Janssen and how his discoveries changed the treatment paradigm for people living with mental illnesses, which is intrinsic to our company’s DNA. He was joined by Dr Lee Motherway, Consultant Psychiatrist at Vincent’s Hospital and Nicole Owens, Dublin Senior Ladies footballer who has lived experience of depression. Laurent also spoke about what J&J is doing to create a workplace that supports mental wellbeing and received a rapturous response to our 8-week paid paternity leave policy.