April 17, 2009

Mental Health

Workers 'afraid' to report bullying
Irish Independent (Fri, 17 Apr 2009)
Almost half of the workforce has been bullied on the job – but the vast majority are too afraid to report it, according to a new report. And three-quarters of employees surveyed said they would rather pretend they weren't being bullied as they feared reporting it could put their own jobs at risk. The research by employment law firm Peninsula Ireland found most workers being bullied are simply too scared to report intimidation.

Talking for Ireland wins local students top award
Nationalist – Carlow (Fri, 10 April 2009)
Hacketstown has proved that when it comes to talking not only are they good but they're the best in the country! At the weekend students from Colaiste Eoin, Hacketstown took on the country's best, to win a national public speaking event organised by Mental Health Ireland.


Mental Health Service

Experience in psychiatric hospital 'like Abu Ghraib'
Irish Times (Fri, 17 April 2009)
Mental health issues: doctors attending the annual meeting of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) yesterday were told by a former inpatient of a Dublin psychiatric hospital that the experience felt similar to being in the Abu Ghraib military prison in Iraq.

Watchdog to quiz HSE chiefs over derelict hospital
Irish Independent (Fri, 17 Apr 2009)
HSE chiefs are to be ordered before a Dail watchdog committee over spending around €2m on security at a huge former mental hospital – only to later allow it become derelict and a haunt for vandals. Our Lady's Hospital in Cork was once worth a reported €100m, as a prime development site overlooking the River Lee. However, the removal of 24- hour security has allowed it become a target for vandals, a place for teenage-drinking and, most ominously, a suspected supply venue for drug-dealers.

Calls to adult counselling service rose by 25% in 2008
Irish Times (Tue, 15 April 2009)
A counselling service for adults who were victims of childhood abuse had its busiest year to date in 2008, new figures show. The number of calls to Connect, the national adult counselling service, increased by almost 25 per cent to 6,000 last year.

New facility for children aids mental health crisis
Evening Herald (Mon,13 April 2009)
The HSE has signed off on the construction of a long-awaited €5m facility for young people with psychiatric problems. The 20-bed inpatient unit will help to alleviate the delays facing children who are seeking treatment for mental problems. Recent tender documents suggest the total cost of the project will be almost €5.76m. But the new facility will go only a small way towards hitting Government targets.


Mental health tribunals' cost state almost ¤10m last year
Sunday Tribune (Sun, 12 April 2009)
Hearings to decide whether a person should have been committed to a psychiatric hospital are costing up to €3,000 each, it has emerged. And close to one in eight of the 2,096 psychiatric patients who appealed an order for their "involuntary admission" last year was successful and subsequently had to be released from in-patient treatment, the Sunday Tribune has established.

HSE to review claims of patients' abuse
Clare Champion (Fri, 10 April 2009)
The Health Service Executive has initiated a review into allegations of abuse concerning the care of patients in the Clare Mental Health Services. It follows serious allegations of abuse, neglect and bad practice involving elderly patients in a number of Clare community facilities over a period of almost five years up to September 2006. The HSE has confirmed that it is undertaking a management review of all documentation and files relating to the allegations and the complaint made in September 2006 by retired East Clare nurse, Bridie Cox.


Suicide Prevention


Vital service officially launched by rugby pundit
Northside People West (Wed, 8 April 2009)
The Finglas Suicide Network (FSN) has been officially launched after one year of immeasurable success. Brent Pope, RTE Sport Rugby Analyst and ex New Zealand rugby star, attended the official opening of the community initiative, which has been praised for playing a pivotal role in tackling suicide in the area. The network, which operates from the Mellows Court, works in collaboration with Console and Pieta House who offer counselling services to those who have attempted to take their lives, people who have engaged in self harm and those bereaved by suicide in the Finglas community.


Eating Disorders

Warning over pro-anorexia teen websites
Evening Herald (Sat, 11 April 2009)
Children could come under the influence of dangerous web- sites which appear to condone eating disorders, an expert has warned. The number of pro-ana (pro- anorexia) and pro-mia (pro- bulimia) sites has increased rapidly over the last few years. They give damaging advice to youngsters who are suffering from the disorders. They tend to be American and are aimed at children and teenagers, telling them how they can hide their condition.



Court backs €8k award after ruling depression a disability
Irish Examiner (Tue, 14 April 2009)
The Labour Court has backed an €8,000 compensation award to a prison officer made by an equality officer who found she had been discriminated against on the grounds of disability. Rejecting an appeal by the Department of Justice, the court said the award must reflect the "gravity of the infringement" and act as a disincentive against future infractions. The court was told the officer, who suffered from a depressive illness, had complained to the Prison Governor that she was being bullied and abused by a fellow female prison officer.


Depression ups risk of heart failure
Irish Health (Tue, 14 April 2009)
People with heart disease who are depressed are at a greater risk of heart failure, regardless of whether they take antidepressant medication, a new study has indicated. Heart failure is a condition in which the heart can’t pump enough blood throughout the body. The US study revealed that depression could double the risk of heart failure in coronary artery disease patients.