February 19, 2010

Mental Health Service

Increase in head shop users seeking help
Irish Times (Fri, 19 Feb 2010)
A Dublin psychiatrist has said there is a “marked and definite” increase in the numbers of young people presenting with problems at his clinic after using head shop products.

Criticised mental health service staff engage solicitors
Irish Examiner (Fri, 19 Feb 2010)
A number of staff employed in the Clare Mental Health Service, who .were reportedly subjected to criticism in an Health Service Executive (HSE) commissioned inquiry, have engaged solicitors following the publication of a draft report.

Consultants plead for public's support to save South Tipp General
South Tipp Today (Wed, 17 Feb 2010)
"We need court action, we need massive civil disobedience and we need public demonstrations," said Dr. Paud O'Regan, consultant physician at South Tipperary General Hospital (STGH), addressing a crowd of several hundred people at the Clonmel Park Hotel last Monday night.

Castlerea facility closed pending removal of asbestos
Roscommon Herald (Wed, 17 Feb 2010)
A community mental health facility in Castlerea has closed pending the removal of asbestos, which was found on site during insulation works late last year.

'Inhuman' psychiatric hospitals may face closure
Irish Times (Mon, 15 Feb 2010)
Three large psychiatric hospitals have been warned they could face closure unless they provide detailed plans to improve conditions for residents forced to live in “inhuman” conditions.

Therapy at work down on the farm
Irish Times (Tue, 16 Feb 2010)
Gould Farm combines therapeutic treatment with the rigorous work of running a farm, writes ROSE DOYLE

Private mental health clinic to open in Galway
Galway City Tribune (Fri, 29 Jan 2010)
Galway patients with mental health problems will, for the first time ever, be able to get treated privately in their native city. At the moment, psychiatric patients have to travel to Dublin for private health treatment but, later this year, they will be able to attend a private clinic locally which is linked to St Patrick's University Hospital, Dublin.

Mental Illness

Baby blues aren't just for women
Irish Times (Tue, 16 Feb 2010)
Post-natal depression in women is accepted without argument. But fathers can also become depressed following the birth of a child and this fact needs more recognition than it gets.

Eating disorders top teen issue at unit
Irish Examiner (Sat, 13 Feb 2010)
A third of teenagers presenting to a new outpatient adolescent unit at St Patrick's Hospital have an eating disorder. Consultant psychiatrist Sarah Buckley said there was a "huge demand" for services for young people with an eating disorder and services here were "very limited".

Suicide Prevention

How to help our friends in the fight against suicide
Irish Independent (Wed, 17 Feb 2010)
In 1983, a psychiatrist, a psychologist and a social worker from Canada and the United States met to answer a question and, in their own words, "make suicide prevention training programmes widely available, cost effective, interactive and easy to learn". Their flagship course is called Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, or ASIST, and is the most widely used suicide intervention training programme in the world.