May 22, 2009

Mental Health

Hospital breached Mental Health Act, court rules
Irish Times (Fri, 22 May 2009)
A woman who alleged she was forcibly taken by an “Assisted Admissions Team” employed by Nationwide Healthcare Solutions Ltd to St Ita’s Hospital, Portrane, has won a High Court challenge to the legality of her detention in the hospital two years ago.

Money worries make women spend more
Irish Health (Thu, 21 May 2009)
More than three quarters of women would go on a shopping spree to cheer themselves up, a new study suggests.  Looking at the findings of the study, which involved more than 700 women, researchers are now warning that the recession could force more women to overspend, which could increase their risk of mental illness.

British services urged to 'screen' Irish victims
Irish Examiner (Fri, 22 May 2009)
British mental health services and homeless agencies should be trained to help ‘screen’ Irish people whose lives were devastated by institutional abuse, it was claimed. The Federation of Irish Societies (FIS) said there was a "lost generation" of Irish people who suffered abuse at the hands of the congregations and others and whose attempts to leave it behind by emigrating had seen them fall on hard times.

Recession triggers worrying rise in mental health problems
Irish Independent (Mon, 18 May 2009)
Unemployment is affecting our mental health and more  people are suffering from psychological problems since the economic downturn, a conference has been told. Mental Health Ireland (MHI) CEO Brian Howard said it's "only natural" that more people are attending their GPs as they are losing their jobs and under "huge pressure" to manage family budgets.

One in five girls suffer from school burnout
Irish Health (Fri, 15 May 2009)
The transition to leaving certificate years is a challenge for many young people. A new study has found that 20% of girls who are high-achievers suffer from burnout. School burnout is a chronic school-related stress syndrome, which manifests as exhaustion, cynicism about school and feelings of inadequacy. It is a phenomenon to be taken seriously, as it can lead to depression.

Mental Health Service

Call for action to improve mental health services
Irish Times (Mon, 19 May 2009)
LEGISLATION SHOULD be passed to force improvements in mental health services here, an international expert on health rights has said. The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Anand Grover, was speaking at a conference hosted by the Irish Mental Health Coalition in Dublin yesterday.

Thousands use HSE counselling service
Irish Health  (Wed, 20 May 2009)
Almost 18,000 people have contacted the HSE National Counselling Service, a free service for adults who have experienced the trauma of abuse or neglect in childhood, since it was set up in September 2000.  The service provides counselling and psychotherapy to help people cope better with their life and relationships. It is specifically dedicated to adult survivors of childhood abuse of any type.

Mental health reforms face 40-year wait without funds
Irish Examiner(Mon, 18 May 2009)
Vital reforms in Ireland's mental health services will not exist for another 40 years because of the Government's ongoing failure to adequately fund the service, medics have claimed. In its latest damning report on the lack of progress made by the A Vision for Change psychiatric services reform programme, the Irish Mental Health Coalition (IMHC) has warned that if the slow pace of progress continues "it will take 40 years to engage sufficient staff to achieve the necessary change".

Mental health – an ongoing scandal
Irish Health (Fri, 15 May 2009)
Mentally-ill patients continue to live in Dickensian conditions at St Ita's Hospital in North Dublin as a result of a 20-year delay by the health authorities in providing an alternative in-patient unit at nearby Beaumont Hospital, according to the latest Inspector of Mental Health Services report.

New Mental Health Directorate for HSE
Irish Medical Times (Fri, 15 May 2009)
The Minister of State at the Department of Health Hohn Moloney has welcomed the publication of the 2008 Mental Health Commission Annual Report which includes the Report of the Inspector of Mental Health Services. The Inspector called for a directorate for mental health within HSE.

Suicide Prevention

President opens suicide prevention centre
Irish Times (Tue, 19 May 2009)
A CROSS-community centre to assist those affected by suicide was opened yesterday in north Belfast by President Mary McAleese. President McAleese joined Progressive Ulster Unionist leader Dawn Purvis, former north Belfast priest Rev Aidan Troy, who is now based in Paris, and local community activists for the opening of the PIPS House in Duncairn Gardens.