April 21, 2011

Mental Health  

Visits to encourage openness in mental health
Irish Examiner (Tuesday, 19 April 2011)
A nationwide project to encourage openness and transparency in the mental health services began with mayoral visits to psychiatric units in Cork and Tullamore. Organised by Mad Pride Ireland, founded by campaigner John McCarthy, and with the support of the HSE, the initiative is an attempt to maintain a link between patients and their community circle and encourage people to visit their relatives in mental health facilities.
Mental Health Service

Gardai call for mental health expertise
Irish Examiner (Tuesday, 19 April 2011)
Middle ranking Gardaí have slammed the continuing failure to provide formal mental health expertise to Gardaí dealing with barricade incidents. The call comes on the eve of the llth anniversary of the shooting dead of John Carthy by Gardaí at Abbeylara, Co Longford. At their annual conference, the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) asked Justice Minister Alan Shatter if it would take a repeat of this tragedy before the issue was addressed.

Study praises use of ECT
Irish Examiner (Tuesday, 19 April 2011)
ELECTRIC shock therapy prescribing in Ireland is no different to other European and North American countries, a new study reveals. It also found regional differences in the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for depression in Ireland were far less than previously believed. Trinity College researchers are their findings will patients and their families there is probably a good reason why the treatment is being prescribed.

Mental health service failing
Irish Examiner (Tuesday, 19 April 2011)
A senior union official yesterday described Clare's mental health service as "a failing service." Branch secretary of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) in Co Clare, Denis Meehan, pointed out that since 2009, 50 nurses have left the service without being replaced, 25% of the service's 200 nurses. Mr Meehan was responding to the publication of overtime figures for nurses in the mid-west last year, where the top 10 recipients were nurses working in the Clare mental health service.

H.S.E. says future of St. Davnet's assured – but Ó Caolain condemns "deplorable" removal of acute care
Northern Standard (Thursday, 14 April 2011)
The Health Service Executive have said this week that the future of the St Davnet's Hospital Campus in Monaghan Town is "assured" as a central element of the provision of community mental health services to the people of the area – but the decision to closure acute in-patient facilities at the hospital has been branded "deplorable" by Cavan/Monaghan Sinn Fein TD Caoimhín O'Caoláin.

Clare pilots mental wellness scheme
Clare People (Saturday, 12 April 2011)
Clare has become the pilot county for a new service which aims to offer community support for people who have suffered a crisis or who are recovering from, or going through, depression. And according to the facilitator of the service, that's everyone. "Our target audience is everyone because there is no-one who has not suffered loss, gone through grief or stress or had some kind of crisis in their lives, which means we are all in recovery." said Liam Minogue, the project coordinator for Clare.

Mental Ill Health

How 'mancession' might be a good thing for women
Irish Independent (Monday, 18 April 2011)
One thing that we are agreed upon in psychiatry is that depression is twice as common in women as in men. A recent editorial in the 'British Journal of Psychiatry", written by psychiatrists Boadie Dunlop and Tanja Mietzko from Emory University in Alabama, suggested that that sex differences in rates of depression may be about to change.


Cluster suicide 'trend' sparks concern
Sunday Independent (Sunday, 17 April 2011)
Five suicide clusters occurred across Ireland in less than two years, including a group of 17 young and adolescent men in one area who took their own lives within 18 months of each other. The five clusters were identified by the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF), in what researchers said was a "significant trend."

Suicide Prevention

Community action central to tackling suicide, says FG
Irish Times (Friday, 15 April 2011)
Waterford Fine Gael TD Paudie Coffey revealed that the “loss of six good friends to suicide’’ had spurred his involvement in community action to deal with the growing problem.
He said that through his involvement with his local GAA club, and with the co-operation of the HSE and suicide experts, he and others devised a 10-week course to teach community leaders to identify and assist those at risk.