January 14, 2011

Mental Health

Numbers seeking counselling over money fears rises
Irish Examiner  (Friday, 14 January 2011)
A counselling centre for young people in Co Kerry has reported a rise in numbers seeking help this month. The South West Counselling Centre, in Killarney, yesterday said it was dealing with more and more young people in distress. Figures tor 2010 showed an increase of 250 hours of one-to-one counselling over 2009.

Helping horses to help people

The Irish Field (Saturday, 8 January 2011)

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) are progressive, up-and-coming mental health fields situated uniquely within the equine industry. In development for only about 10 years, the fields offer an innovative, holistic approach that uses horses to aid the therapeutic process and to help reap emotional and psychological benefits on the part of the client. This form of therapy is particularly helpful for individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and trauma symptoms, substance abuse, eating and anxiety disorders, and depression.



Mental Health Service

Divorcees top the list for psychiatric hospitalisation

Irish Independent (Tuesday, 11 January 2011)

People who are divorced had the highest rate of hospitalisation in psychiatric units last year, new figures reveal. The census is carried out in March each year to get a breakdown of the numbers of people resident in psychiatric units across the country and also to throw light on other aspects of their lives. It found 2,812 people were resident on the census night and nearly half of the long- stay group were over the age of 65 years.


New €8m psychiatric unit opens at Merlin Park – but it's criticised as being too small

Connacht Sentinel (Tuesday, 11 January 2011)

The new purpose built psychiatric unit for adolescents on the grounds of Merlin Park opened its doors for patients yesterday. But the Children and Adolescent Mental Health unit, which cost €8million to build and kit out, has already been criticised by a leading West of Ireland psychiatrist for being too small.


Patients sedated due to low staffing levels

Irish Examiner (Monday, 10 January 2011)

Psychiatric patients are being sedated because of low staffing levels, Mental Health Minister John Moloney last night admitted. Mr Moloney also expressed concern about the long-term consequences of certain addictive drugs being given to patients and accepted they played an increasing role in poisoning deaths.