July 25, 2008

Mental Health

Teenagers: We want action on drugs and bullying
Irish Examiner (Thu, 24 Jul 2008)
Young people want more access to services to help deal with drugs, bullying and mental health is- sues, according to a report of this year's youth parliament.  Dail na nOg, the national parliament for 12- to 18-year-olds meets annually to discuss issues of education and mental health and how they affect Irish teenagers.


Mental Health Service

Figures show 3,600 children awaiting psychiatric assessment
Irish Times (Thu, 24 Jul 2008)
The Government has been accused of neglecting the needs of vulnerable children with mental health problems following an increase in the number of young people waiting for assessments.


3,000 people with disabilities living in outdated institutions
Irish Times (Sat, 19 Jul 2008)
Up to 3,000 people with disabilities are living in outdated institutions and need be transferred to more suitable community settings, it has emerged. Records obtained by The Irish Times show that health authorities believe that the numbers living in "congregated settings" are significantly greater than previously estimated and they should be in receipt of care in the community.


Forgotten people who wait in hope
Irish Times (Sat, 19 Jul 2008)
The Government pledged almost a decade ago to end the practice of placing those with disabilities in inappropriate institutions. So why are 3,000 people still there? asks Carl O'Brien , Social Affairs Correspondent.


Security fears over shared campus for students and mental patients
Village (Wed, 30 Jun 2008)
Staff at St. Brendan's psychiatric hospital fear a plan to transform the 70-acre hospital site into a cross-community campus for the Dublin Institute of Technology (DET) will have broader security implications.



Suicide Prevention


Samaritans phoned every seven seconds
Irish Times (Thu, 24 Jul 2008)
The Samaritans received a phone call every seven seconds last year with almost a fifth of callers experiencing suicidal tendencies, according to new information released by the organisation.


Suicide group criticises HSA
Irish Times (Tue, 22 Jul 2008)
The refusal of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) to become involved in the provision of "suicide first aid" in the workplace has been criticised by campaigners who have called for "a more enlightened approach".


A harmful lack of assessment
Irish Times (Tue, 22 Jul 2008)
Although a vital suicide indicator, there are no guidelines for the assessment of self-harm, writes Michelle McDonagh.