June 26, 2009

Mental Health

Alternative to holiday boredom for teens
Galway City Tribune (Fri, 19 June 2009)
Summer programme at Galway Youth Cafe has something for everyone Galway's Youth Cafe, The Gaf, hopes to capitalise this summer. They've just announced their new summer programme with something for everyone's taste and ability.

Mental Health Service

One in five young people cannot afford doctor visit
Irish Examiner (Thu, 25 June )2009
One in five young people  avoid going to a doctor when ill because of the costs involved, according to a new  national survey. The survey of 18-25 year  olds also reveals a generation of young adults under increasing economic strain, the consequences of which are preventing them taking full advantage of health and educational opportunities.

Idle mental health unit for children
Irish Examiner (Thu, 24 June 2009)
A VITAL unit for children with mental health problems that has been ready to open for several months is still lying idle because staff have not been appointed to run it. The temporary eight-bed inpatient facility in Cork would have brought the total number of beds for young people across the country to 30.

Proceedings against woman's detention 'purely technical'
Irish Times (Mon, 22 June 2009)
EH -v- St Vincent’s Hospital Ors – SUPREME COURT: Judgment was given by Mr Justice Kearns on May 28th, 2009, the Chief Justice, Mr Justice Murray, Mr Justice Fennelly, Ms Justice Macken and Mr Justice Finnegan concurring.

Town Council calls on Harney to reverse psychiatric service cuts
Northern Standard (Thu, 18 June 2009)
Backing for PNA Town Council calls on Harney to reverse psychiatric service cuts A call was made at Monday night's meeting of Monaghan Town Council on Minster for Health Mary Harney to reverse the funding cutbacks which are having a detrimental impact on the delivery of psychiatric services in the local area.

Funding boost for cross-border health and social care provision
Cavan Echo (Fri, 19 June 2009)
Health services in the border region are set to benefit from a welcome injection of cash. €30 million has been secured from the European Union INTERREO IVA programme for cross-border health and social care services, which will benefit people living in the North and the border counties. The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) in Northern Ireland and the Department of Health and Children in the Republic of Ireland worked together to secure the funds

Suicide Prevention

Grammy nominee to headline suicide fundraiser
Irish Independent (Fri, 26 June 2009)
Singer Maura O'Connell, whose uncle took his own life will headline a fundraising concert this weekend for families affected by suicide. The Grammy award-nominated star from Co Clare also revealed she listens to music to help pull herself through difficult times.

Candles in memory of suicide victims
Drogheda Independent (Wed, 24  June 2009)
Lighted candles by the banks of the Boyne will remember all victims of suicide in a beautiful ceremony to take place on Friday, June 26th. The event organised by SOSAD Drogheda's support group for suicide victims, takes place behind Scotch Hall on Friday at 8pm.

Self-harm patients leave A&E before receiving assessment
Irish Times (Tue, 23 June 2009)
A relatively high proportion of deliberate self-harm patients across the State’s four HSE areas leave hospital emergency departments before receiving an assessment, according to the National Registry of Deliberate Self Harm (NRDSH).