April 27, 2007

Mental Health Service

Patient groups warn of worry caused by nursing row
Irish Medical News, (Mon, 23rd April 2007)

As the dispute between nurses and the HSE enters its fourth week, another major storm is gathering in relation to the appointment of new consultants in the absence of a deal on a new contract. IMN asked some patient groups for their opinion on the nurses’ strike, and most believe the work stoppages and work- to-rule is hitting patients, and causing huge worry, particularly if not resolved soon. Mr John Saunders, Director of Schizophrenia Ireland told IMN that it was opposed to the tactics being used in the nurses dispute, and said initial actions in South Tipperary and Roscommon had no reported ill-affects. "We are concerned that if it went to bigger populations over a number of locations, that you would see an affect."

Call on parties to prioritise mental health
Eircom.net (Tue, 24 Apr 2007)

Representatives of all the main political parties will today be asked to detail their plans for tackling mental illness.

The conference in Dublin's Mansion House is being organised by the Irish Mental Health Coalition representing Amnesty International, Bodywhys (the Eating Disorders Association of Ireland), GROW in Ireland, the Irish Advocacy Network and Schizophrenia Ireland.

Pledges to fund mental health
Irish Times Subscription (Wed, 25 Apr 2007)

Political parties pledged financial support for the national suicide prevention strategy at a discussion on mental health services in Dublin last night. The discussion, organised by the Irish Mental Health Coalition, acknowledged the recent tragedy in Wexford and recognised the need to support the National Strategy for Action on Suicide Prevention.


MHC clarifies report on High Court costs
Irish Medical Times (Wed, 25 Apr 2007)

The Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Health Commission has clarified the position over payment of costs for involuntarily detained psychiatric patients when they take High Court cases to attempt to overturn decisions of mental health tribunals. “I did not say that patients must pay their own costs. However, payments of costs is decided on a case by case basis. Generally, the costs have been shared by the respondents, but this is not always the case. The applicant can also apply to the Attorney General’s fund and this is decided by the courts”.


Suicide Prevention

Stigma still on mental health problems
Irish Health (Thu, 26 Apr 2007)

More than 60% of Irish people would not want it known that they were suffering a mental health problem. Yet 85% say that anyone can have such a condition, and there is no stigma. The findings are in a preliminary report on Mental Health Awareness and Attitudes in Ireland, commissioned by the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NSOP). The NSOP says the results of surveys are often contradictory. More than 80% of people agreed that mental health problems should not infringe on a person’s rights. Yet 52% said anyone with a mental health history should not be allowed to do important work, such as being a nurse.

Survey finds high levels of social isolation
Irish Times Subscription (Fri, 27 Apr 2007)

The preliminary findings of the Mental Health Attitudes and Awareness in Ireland survey commissioned by the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) and the Health Service Executive were presented yesterday in Dublin. The findings of the research, which was undertaken to measure commonly held attitudes and perceptions of mental health in Ireland, will be used by the suicide prevention office to develop a public mental health awareness programme as recommended in the National Strategy for Action on Suicide Prevention.



Many believe anxiety not an illness
Irish Medical News (Fri, 20 Apr 2007)

Almost a third of Irish adults believe anxiety disorders are a state of mind and not an illness, according to new research published last week. A national public awareness campaign has been launched by Lundbeck Ireland Ltd after 90 per cent of the Irish population said they see anxiety disorders as disruptive conditions, ranking them as being more disruptive than conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and asthma.