February 22, 2008

Mental Health

The path to mental fitness
Irish Times Subscription (Tue, 19 Feb 2008)
Exercise is now seen as one of the most effective treatments for depression, particularly in Britain under the guidance of GPs. GPs across Britain are now offering their patients exercise therapy for the treatment of mild to moderate depression, according to a new study.

High uptake of gay support services
Eircom.net (Mon, 18 Feb 2008)
A report to be published today has found a very high uptake of mental health and emotional support services by gay, lesbian and bisexual people. The report also found that almost half of the lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people surveyed had not revealed their sexuality to their GPs or practice nurses during the previous 10 years.


 Suicide Prevention

Money sought for suicide prevention
Irish Times Subscription (Fri, 22 Feb 2008)
There is an almost €15 million a year shortfall in suicide prevention funding in the Republic when compared with Northern Ireland, the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children heard yesterday.  The committee met the Northern Ireland Assembly Health Committee to discuss possible areas for co-operation in suicide prevention. 


Mental Health Service

€300m mental health plan for hospital
Irish Examiner (Wed, 20 Feb 2008)
A €300 million five-year strategy unveiled yesterday by the country's largest acute psychiatric hospital treating public and private patients underlines the need to remove the stigma attached to mental illness

Children wait over a year to see psychiatrist
Eircom.net (Mon, 18 Feb 2008)
More than 1,000 children are waiting for psychiatric assessments for more than a year, despite evidence that delays in treatment can leave young people at a much higher risk of becoming chronically unwell, official figures show.  Health authorities completed a review in December 2007, which found there were 3,598 children waiting for psychiatric assessments, up 14 per cent on 2006.

TD investigates missing funds
Medicine Weekly (Tue, 19 Feb 2008)
An estimated 200 posts are under examination as a result of the disappearance of a significant amount of money set aside for psychiatric services in 2006 and 2007.
Minister for State, Jimmy Devin TD, who has responsibility for mental health and disabilities, is currently conducting an investigation into the missing money. 

Rehab reform urged in mental health
Irish Medical News (Mon, 18 Feb 2008)
Irish rehabilitation mental health services should move away from “resettlement programmes” and move towards a more holistic, user-centred approach, according to a new document launched by the Irish College of Psychiatrists.