December 17, 2010

Mental Health

Fears over staffs mental health
Irish Examiner (Wednesday, 15 December 2010)
Concerns have been raised about the mental health of people who work in banks due to the great pressure they are under, the head of the Mental Health Commission has said. Hugh Kane said it was imperative that "" ensures the mental health needs of its people are looked after. There was anecdotal evidence, he said, that bank officials were under enormous stress. He said the Mental Health Commission hoped to formally address the issue in the New Year.

Mental Health Service

Health Matters (Thursday, 16 December 2010)
More than 63.6 million in innovation grants have been awarded from the Genio Trust to disability and mental health projects across the country. A new organisation called the Genio Trust has combined government Health Innovation funding with an investment by Atlantic Philanthropies to back innovative disability and mental health projects across the country.

Health Matters  (Thursday, 16 December 2010)
The HSE National Counselling Service (NCS) recently held its 10th anniversary conference, Transforming the Shadows', in Dublin Castle. This was the first NCS conference open to professionals outside of the NCS and the first to be funded completely by participants and sponsors.

Axe to fall on mental health services
Roscommon Herald (Tuesday, 14 December 2010)
The axe is set to fall on mental health services in County Roscommon in the New Year as the Health Service Executive (HSE) considers closing services due to staffing shortages. The staffing crisis that has beset mental health services in County Roscommon over the past year is set to worsen with new proposals by the HSE to cut back on the provision of services.

Bringing hope to Africa's poorest
Irish Times (Tuesday, 14 December 2010)
Tipperary-born Brother Aidan Clohessy arrived in Malawi 16 years ago; his goal to establish a mental health service in a country of some 15 million people which had just one State-run mental hospital. Since then, he has set up an impressive network of health services for local people, including a 39-bed acute inpatient psychiatric facility, a rehabilitation and vocational training programme for those recovering from mental illness, a very successful residential addiction treatment programme, counselling services and outreach clinics.

Lodge to continue day centre services
Clare People (Tuesday, 14 December 2010)
The HSE has confirmed it has no plans to discontinue the Day Centre and the West Clare Catering services at the Orchard Lodge Kilrush. The Lodge was at the centre of controversy last year when the health service announced that it would be moving all in-patients to other facilities around the county as part of its reconfiguration of Mental Health Services in Clare.

Consultants continue fight to keep St. Michael's open
Nationalist & Munster Advertiser (Thursday, 9 December 2010)
A consultant psychiatrist has called on the HSE to reconsider its decision to close St. Michael's psychiatric unit at South Tipperary General Hospital Following confirmation by the HSE last week that the 49 bed unit would close in June, Consultant psychiatrist Alan Moore, approached by The Nationalist, said the plan to close the unit was a bad one. He had profound concerns about patient safety and access of family to patients if the HSE went ahead with their plans to shut down the unit and transfer the beds.

 Back burner mental health bill
Cork Independent (Thursday, 9 December 2010)
A mental health bill to help strengthen the legal capacity of disabled people has been dropped from the list of priorities, a Cork TD claimed this week. Labour Party Spokesperson on Equality. TD Kathleen Lynch, said the Government's decision to drop the Mental Health Capacity Bill, was "shameful". "It has not even been published yet, despite the fact that it as long ago as 2006 the Law Reform Commission put forward proposals in this area."

Suicide Prevention

Callers to Samaritans 'overwhelmed' by recession
Irish Times (Thursday, 16 December 2010)
The level of stress and anxiety expressed by callers to the Samaritans Ireland helpline in the last 12 months has been more intense than in recent years, according to a new report. Samaritans Ireland Impact Report November 2009-October 2010 found the charity received almost 250,000 “dialogue calls” in the last 12 months, up 13,000 on last year. There was also an increase in the number relating to financial stress, from one in 10 in 2009 to one in eight in the last 12 months.