November 26, 2010

Mental Health


Working Things Out Through SPHE

Irish Independent (Thursday, 25 November 2010)

A new educational resource specifically designed to support SPHE teachers in their youth mental health promotion work with students that has been nominated for a HSE achievement award. The programme comprises an interactive CD ROM/DVD that contains the personal stories of eleven adolescents who have successfully managed difficult life-problems such as depression, bullying, family conflict, eating disorders and self-harm. It was developed by Child and Adolescent Family Service, Mater Miserciodiae University Hospital and UCD.  



Mental Health Service


One-stop-shop could meet young adults' mental health needs
Irish Times (Thursday, 25 November 2010)

Leading Australian mental health specialist Prof Patrick McGorry has said Ireland should develop a one-stop-shop for all youth mental health and well-being needs. Prof McGorry, who was named Australian of the Year for 2010 for his work on modernising mental health services, said demands on mental health services would increase in the coming years. He warned that young adults were in danger of falling between the cracks as they were too old for child and adolescent mental health services and too young to be sitting in waiting rooms with people who were 20 years older.


New €8.8m child and adolescent mental health services inpatient unit opens at Merlin Park
Galway Advertiser (Thursday, 25 November 2010)

A new €8.8 million child and adolescent mental health services inpatient unit, which replaces St Anne’s Children’s Centre, Taylor’s Hill, opened at Merlin Park this week. The 20-bed unit, which is located on a 2.7 acre site, will provide an extended range of services for the inpatient needs of children up to age 18 together with a wide range of therapeutic interventions. The facility includes children’s and adolescents’ inpatient units and overnight accommodation for parents. The therapy space includes a sensory room, play and arts therapy areas, a woodwork room, games room and a sports/indoor activity hall. Outdoors, the landscaped gardens include carefully designed therapeutic areas.


10% of youth wait year for mental services
Irish Times (Wednesday, 24 November 2010)

Almost a fifth of children and adolescents with mental health problems have to wait more than six months to see a mental health professional, a new report shows. In the year to September, 7,651 new cases were seen by the 55 HSE community child and adolescent mental health teams across the country. Some 47 per cent of new cases were seen within one month; 22 per cent within three months; 12 per cent between three and six months; and 9 per cent between six and 12 months. Ten per cent had waited more than a year. The HSE’s annual report of child and adolescent mental health services also shows the number of children on HSE waiting lists on September 30th, 2010, fell by 9.5 per cent to 2,370 compared to the previous year.


FG TD calls for counselling courses to be regulated
Irish Times (Tuesday, 23 November 2010)

“Highly dangerous” training courses for would-be counsellors are available in Ireland that offer training within eight weeks. At an information day in the Mansion House, Dublin, organised by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Fine Gael spokesman on mental health, Dan Neville TD, called for the statutory regulation of the industry.  “I believe it is dangerous that unskilled and untrained people probe somebody’s delicate consciousness at a very difficult time for them,” he said. He said he would be introducing a private members’ Bill shortly to add counselling practitioners to the Health Professions Regulation Act 2005.




Job loss key to 40pc of family murders

Irish Independent (Thursday, 25 November 2010)

New research being compiled into the phenomenon of family murders or familicide has revealed how in 40pc of cases the fathers involved recently lost a job, or experienced a decrease in status. The National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) is currently undertaking a review of worldwide research into familicide or murder suicide in an effort to put together a response plan. The report, which is looking at 24 international studies, will be completed by the spring.


Taxi driver protest highlights suicide rate
Irish Times (Thursday, 25 November 2010)

A protest was held by a group of taxi drivers yesterday to raise awareness of the rate of suicide within the industry. Michael Blanch of the Taxi Drivers Right to Life and Livelihood campaign said 34 drivers had taken their own lives in the last two years. Drivers attached black ribbons to their cars and drove to the Department of Transport and the Taoiseach’s office to hand in letters raising their concerns.


Suicide attempts linked to 'unrealistic' attitudes
Irish Times (Saturday, 20 November 2010)
A study of young men from the North who had attempted suicide found they had “had “unhelpful and unrealistic” views of what it was to be a “successful” man in 21st-century Northern Ireland. These views contributed to low self-esteem, personal stress and, ultimately, to their increased risk of suicide, the study, commissioned by the North’s Public Health Agency, found.