July 24, 2009

Mental Health Service

Midland Mental Health Services launch portfolio of assessment tools
Offlay Express (Wed, 22 July 2009)
THE HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster this week launched a portfolio of Mental Health Assessment Tools designed to facilitate nurses to provide effective skills of assessment when caring within the mental health setting.

No national public beds to care for those with eating disorders
Irish Examiner (Mon, 20 July 2009)
No national  public beds are dedicated in hospitals to  people  with  eating disorders. Sufferers, it emerged, are increasingly forced to travel abroad for treatment. St  Vincent's   hospital confirmed three national public beds" for over 18s with  an  eating disorder were  now only for the hospital's catchment area in Dublin.

Decision due on plans for St Ita's
Fingal Independent (Tue, 21 July 2009)
Concerned residents in Portrane should get their answer soon on whether the HSE plans to redevelop the Central Mental Hospital to the grounds of St Ita's Hospital. Following exclusive reports in the Fingal Independent about the possible move and concerns expressed by the Donabate Portrane Community Council (DPCC), the local authority is to write to the HSE on the issue.

Mental Health

Mental health drive linked to recession
Irish Examiner (Wed, 22 July 2009)
The HSE is Co launching a special mental health campaign next week aimed at people suffering as a direct result of the recession, Up to 100,000 leaflets will be sent around the country as part of the new drive to increase aware ness of mental health issues linked to the economic downturn.

Teen drinking linked to mental health problems
Athlone Voice (Tue, 21 July 2009)
Teenagers who drink heavily are also more likely than their peers to have behavioural problems or symptoms of depression and anxiety, a new study finds.

Arts in Health Steering Committee established as strategy documents are unveiled
Liffey Champion (Sat, 18 July 2009)
A county wide Arts in Health Steering Committee has been established by Kildare County Council in con junction with the Health Service Executive (HSE) as part of the local authority's newly published 'Arts in Health Strategy'.

Mental Illness

Call for changes to bill on mentally impaired adults
Irish Examiner (Wed, 22 July 2009)
One of the country's foremost experts on mental health has called on the Government to make changes to new legislation designed to improve protection of adults with impaired decision-making capacity. Professor Harry Kennedy, who is chair of the Human Rights, Ethics and Law Committee of the College of Psychiatry in Ireland (CPI), expressed concern that the Mental Capacity and Guardianship Bill 2008 was more concerned with the legal process rather than the patient's clinical needs.

Suicide Prevention

Guidelines on reporting of suicide breached
Irish Times (Wed, 22 July 2009)
Media coverage of the Monageer inquiry report earlier this year showed “significant breaches” of reporting guidelines on suicide, a forum hosted by the Health Service Executive (HSE) heard yesterday.

Increase in self-harm may be linked to downturn
Irish Times  (Mon, 20 July 2009)
A significant increase in the rate of deliberate self-harm among young men may be linked to the economic downturn, according to the National Suicide Research Foundation.