July 8, 2011


Mental Health Service

Directorate to overhaul mental health services

Irish Times (Thursday, 07 July 2011)
A Directorate of mental health services with executive and budgetary powers is to be established this year, Minister of State with responsibility for mental health Kathleen Lynch has confirmed. The agency will assume operational control of mental health services within the Health Service Executive and report directly to the HSE’s chief executive.

Lack of funds and hiring ban hitting mental health plan, says report

Irish Times (Saturday, 02 July 2011)
The state’s flagship plan for reforming mental health services is making slow progress due to a lack of financial resources, a moratorium on staff recruitment and a lack of dedicated corporate leadership, a new report has warned. The 2010 annual report by the independent monitoring group on the A Vision for Change strategy said mental health services are suffering disproportionate losses in posts, compared to other parts of the health service.

Adams calls for government support for suicide prevention group
Dundalk Democrat (Tuesday, 05 July 2011)
Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams has called for government funding for SOSAD after attending an information meeting of the suicide prevention- group in Drogheda recently. Speaking after the meeting, the party leader commended the work of SOSAD – which is all done without public funding- and called for the government to back it immediately.

Mental Ill Health

Quarter of people still think depression a 'state of mind'

Irish Times (Thursday, 07 July 2011)
Two in five people would not want to know if a loved one was experiencing depression even though almost everyone acknowledges that talking about the problem is an important part of recovery, a survey has found. The 2011 Mental Health Barometer, commissioned by the pharmaceutical firm Lundberg, also found that almost a quarter of people still think depression is a “state of mind” rather than an illness.