October 14, 2011

 Mental Health
Concerns raised over child mental health
Irish Examiner, 14-Oct-2011
Fifteen percent of a sample group of children aged 11-13 in middle-class schools around Dublin fulfilled the criteria for a current mental disorder, a conference will hear today.

Kildare Youth Services Counselling Service Launch their Annual Report 2010
Kildare Xtra, 12-Oct-2011
In 2010 two hundred and twelve young (212) people between the ages of 11 and 25 attended the KYS Counselling Service for the first time. The Kildare Youth Services Counselling Service has been working since 1994 at delivering a free, community based, accessible, professional counselling service staffed by youth counsellors and volunteers to meet the needs of young people and their families in county Kildare.
Urgent need to invest in Ireland's younger generation
Evening Echo, 10-Oct-2011
National youth organisation, Spunout.ie, said there is an urgent need to invest in the younger generation if the country is to build a sustainable, inclusive and happy society.Chief executive, Manus Hanretty, said spiralling unemployment and migration was affecting Ireland's young population.
How to spot a crook in a child aged three
Evening Herald, 08-Oct-2011
Murderers, rapists and robbers of the future can be identified before they turn three-years-old, a world expert on crime and violent behaviour has claimed. George Hosking, a clinical criminologist who spent nine years researching violence, said nurses could predict criminal tendencies years in advance. "The single most effective way to stop crime and violence is to ensure that infants are reared in a way that fosters good mental health and wellbeing," he said.   
Detecting diabeties in the mentally ill
Diabetes Professional, 07-Oct-2011
Detecting diabetes in the mentally ill Mental health service users form a vulnerable group in which the prevalence of diabetes is high yet screening for the condition remains poor. Diabeties is a significant public health concern, not only for the general population, but also for smaller population groups such as people from ethnic minorities and those with mental health problems. Mental health service users (MHSUs) are a vulnerable social group, at risk of exclusion due to the stigma.
Focus on mental health during busy week of events in Galway
Galway City Tribune, 07-Oct-2011
HSE Galway is celebrating and promoting World Mental Health Week which runs from Monday. The theme for this year is "Building Resilience Together" and the week is a way of developing people's personal strength. Success in life is not always represented by wealth or money; wealth cannot protect people from trauma or tragedy but building upon strength through resilience can affect people in a much more successful way. Mental health, like physical health is an integral part of overall health.
Employers champion diversity in the workplace
West Cork People, 07-Oct-2011
There's no better time than now to recognise diversity as a key contributor to business success was the clear message to over 150 Cork employers at last night's Employer Awareness Event hosted by Fas funded Employability Services Cork and McCarthy Insurance Group in Silver Springs. The event offered local employers the opportunity to explore best practice in the inclusion of people with diverse needs in the work-place. Kathleen Lynch TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Equality and Mental Health officially launched the event and said "In the current difficult economic climate we must create a more inclusive labour market in order to strengthen Ireland's future economic and social growth and provide opportunities for the unemployed and marginalized groups including people with disabilities".


Mental Health Service
Blacklisted psychiatric hospital to close in 2014
Irish Examiner, 12-Oct-2011
A Victorian era psychiatric hospital in Co Kerry, which has been blacklisted by inspectors' reports for years, will finally close in 2014. St Finan's in Killarney has been in use since the late 1800s but in recent years many parts of the sprawling building have fallen into serious disrepair and dilapidation while still housing mental health patients.  
Mental health staff shortages at 'crisis levels'
Irish Examiner, 11-Oct-2011
Domestic workers may be forced to administer medication to people with mental health problems after 5pm and at weekends as the staffing crisis within the mental health services escalates. Information supplied to the Irish Examiner through the Psychiatric Nurses Association claims that in Roscommon, because of cuts to nursing staff, people living in community houses will have to dispense their own medication out of hours.
Psychiatrists 'excluding' families when treating patients
Irish Examiner, 07-Oct-2011
"Deep concern" has been expressed that many psychiatrists are excluding family members when treating those suffering from a mental illness. Speaking at the annual Irish Association of Suicidology (IAS) conference, president of the IAS Dan Neville, Fine Gael TD for Limerick, said too
often he has encountered families who are extremely stressed due to lack of information on the treatment regime. Mr Neville said while patient confidentially is frequently quoted as the reason.
Inaugural HeadsUp Movie Awards launched
West Cork People, 07-Oct-2011
The inaugural HeadsUp Movie Awards, which aim to encourage creative expression around mental health issues, were recently launched by RTE Young Peoples presenter Sinead Kennedy and Paul Walsh of RTE's Two Tube. The Awards are being organised by HeadsUp, a mental health promotion project run by Rehab, with the support of RTE Two's Two Tube and the National Office for Suicide Prevention's "Let Someone Know" campaign. The aim is to encourage young people across Ireland to create their own mini-movies around mental health stories as part of efforts to reduce stigma and develop more open and receptive attitudes around the issue.
Double the burden with depression
Diabetes Professional, 07-Oct-2011
Healthcare professionals need to be better skilled at providing some basic psychological services for their diabetes patients presenting with depression. Depression is about two- to three-fold more common in people with diabetes than in the general population.' It is associated with significant morbidity in terms of quality of life and diabetes outcomes, affecting patients both in the short- and long-term.  
Killaloe centre launches new counselling service
Clare Champion, 07-Oct-2011
A counselling service for people living in the Killaloe and Ballina areas will be launched in a local family resource centre next week. The Killaloe/Ballina Community and Family Resource Centre will launch the new service on Wednesday, October 12 from 2pm to 6pm as part of an expansion of its range of services offered at Main Street. Serving a catchment population of 4,046, the centre has been in existence since 2003.  
Lynch promises €100m for mental health
Cork Independent, 06-Oct-2011
Labour Party TD and Minister of State for Equality and Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch, has promised over €100 million In Investment for mental health services over three years. The news comes as it emerged this week that over half (52per cent) of women surveyed in a health snapshot study, aimed at determining the health and related needs of homeless people in Cork, suffered from a mental health condition.  
Mental health staffing falls
Medical Independent, 06-Oct-2011
The number of new staff employed by the mental health services continues to fall significantly short of the numbers leaving a leading mental health organisation has said. In its pre-budget submission, the Mental Health Reform is calling on the Government to "save mental health service resources and use them to implement its mental health policy A Vision for Change".
MHC critical of conditions at St Loman's
Medical Independent, 06-Oct-2011
Living conditions at St Loman's psychiatric hospital in Mullingar remain very poor with open drains in some toilets, a lack of privacy and "stuffy, cell-like bedrooms", according to the latest report from the Mental Health Commission (MHC).