March 25, 2011

Mental Health Service

Mad Pride delight as Seanad passes bill on use of ECT
Irish Examiner (Friday, 25 March 2011)
The Seanad has unanimously passed a bill which seeks to amend the wording of the legislation on the administration of electric shock therapy opening the way for it to be debated in the Dáil. The bill was introduced by Senator Dan Boyle on the back of campaigning by Mad Pride Ireland, a lobby group founded by Cork-based John McCarthy.

Patients 'should have right' to refuse ECT

Irish Times (Thursday, 24 March 2011)
Minister of State for Disability, Equality and Mental Health Kathleen Lynch said it was her belief that a patient should have the right to refuse electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). “Our laws should not allow two consultant psychiatrists to override the expressed wishes of a patient and force an unwilling person to undergo this treatment.

Stay of execution for St Ita's psychiatric hospital

Medical Independent (Thursday, 24 March 2011)
Last summer, on foot of the 2009 report from the Inspector of Mental Health Services, the Mental Health Commission imposed conditions on St Ita's psychiatric hospital in north county Dublin, ordering that admissions to all acute units cease by February 28th 2011. However, the Commission has now extended this condition to the end of August 2011 "to facilitate reconfiguration of the services".

Surge in demand for self-harm counselling
Irish Examiner (Wednesday, 23 March 2011)
A voluntary agency set up in the mid-west to counsel people who are suicidal or self-harming is growing at such a rate it is expected to treat as many people as at its five centres in Dublin. Pieta House is now dealing with 46 people at its Limerick centre in Raheen, including a child of six. Chief executive of Pieta House, Joan Freeman, said they expect to cater for up to 500 people this year.

Man dead for hours before discovery
Irish Examiner (Wednesday, 23 March 2011)
A 21-year-old man who was found lying unresponsive on the floor of a seclusion room at the Central Mental Hospital where he was a patient had been dead for a few hours before he was discovered, an inquest has heard.

50-bed adult mental health unit for hospital

Galway City Tribune (Friday, 18 March 2011)
The HSE West is planning a new state-of-the-art 50-bedacute adult Mental Health Unit at University Hospital Galway, along with a new single-storey car park close to the main entrance. The new building will seethe relocation of the existing Mental Health Unit on the grounds, and will include 50beds and an outpatients department However, hospital authorities failed in their bid to seek planning permission for the building directly from An Bord Pleanala under 'Strategic Infra-structure' legislation. The HSE has now applied to the City Council for permission to construct the two-storey building, which will measure around 4,700 square metres.

Suicide

Irish Examiner shortlisted for health award
Irish Examiner (Friday, 25 March 2011)
The Irish Examiner has been shortlisted for the annual Crystal Clear MSD Health Literacy Awards for its investigation into suicide. The paper has been shortlisted in the Best Health Communication Through Journalism category for its 20-page investigation supplement on suicide and its Let's Talk Suicide booklet.

Clinton concerned about rise in level of suicide in Ireland
Irish Times (Friday, 18 March 2011)
Former US president Bill Clinton has expressed concern about Ireland’s high suicide rate and urged a return to core values in the journey to economic recovery. Mr Clinton said that while Ireland had an economic problem, profound damage had also been done to the Irish psyche.

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