March 20, 2009

Mental Health

Ceol Le Chéile mental health project 'doubly pleasing'
Corkman (Thu, 19 March 2009)
Minister Micheál Martin was in the Cork School of Music last week to launch an evaluation report on a project initiated four years ago to improve the quality of service at mental health centres in the city and county. The Ceol le Chéile music in mental health project originated in the Cork 2005 European Capital of Culture, when 32 arts projects took place in over 40 healthcare settings throughout Cork.


When the party is over
Irish Times (Tue, 17 Mar 2009)
Excessive alcohol consumption is one of the most significant threats to the health of Irish men, according to public health campaigner Prof Joe Barry of Trinity College Dublin.


Charleville to be hub of new mental health initiative
Corkman (Thu, 12 March  2009)
Charleville is to become one of a small number of 'hub' sites in Ireland training people to overcome mental health issues, and go on to help others. The Irish Mental Health & Recovery Consortium (IMHRE) has been established to develop and deliver a nationally facilitated learning programme on Mental Health Recovery


Suicide Prevention

Plans for suicide prevention centre
Irish Examiner  (Tue,17 Mar 2009)
Pieta House, set up to help prevent suicide and self-harm, plans to open a centre in Limerick. A meeting will be held in the South Court Hotel on April 16 to discuss the proposal with all who work in the field of suicide and self-harm.


Suicides 'may rise' due to effects of recession
Irish Independent (Sun, 15 Mar 2009)
A major conference is to discuss the potential impact of the recession on suicide levels in the country. More than 1,000 delegates are expected to attend the event, organised by bereavement charity Console, at Dublin's Citywest Hotel next month. Speakers will include President Mary McAleese and Dublin City Coroner Brian Farrell as well as a panel of psychologists and psychiatrists with clinical expertise on suicide.



Mental Health Service

Mental healthcare coverage 'too rigid'
Ballyfermot Echo (Wed, 18 Mar 2009)
The treatment of mental healthcare and suicide prevention in South Dublin and across the country has been described as being too rigid in its Monday to Friday and 'nine to five' regimes. On March 10 the Irish Vocational Education Association called on the Government to establish a suicide prevention task- force and to take 'whatever steps are necessary to ensure out-of-hours social worker and mental health services are rolled out as a matter of urgency'.


Equality Tribunal says HSE discriminated against people with intellectual disability
Irish Times (Tue,17, Mar 2009)
The Equality Tribunal has found the Health Service Executive unlawfully discriminated against people with mental health and intellectual disabilities by failing to recognise these as being on a par with physical disabilities. The judgments, published yesterday, were delivered last month and concerned eligibility criteria for the HSE’s mobility allowance. In both cases the complainants were refused the allowance because they did not meet the Department of Health’s criteria