May 27, 2011

Mental Health


Harris appointed convenor of Oireachtas Cross-Party Group on Mental Health

Wicklow Times (Tuesday, 24 May 2011)

Newly appointed TD Simon Harris has been appointed as a Co-Convenor of the Oireachtas Cross-Party Group on Mental Health. The Cross-Party Group aims to bring together politicians from all political back- ground to discuss, highlight and prioritise mental health issues.



Mental Health Service


Consultants oppose plan to close unit in Clonmel
Irish Times (Wednesday, 25 May 2011)

Consultant psychiatrists at St Michael’s acute psychiatric unit in Clonmel, Co Tipperary have demanded an inquiry into the lack of investment in an acute mental health unit, accusing the Health Service Executive (HSE) of mounting a “conspiracy” to shut the facility.


Children admitted to adult psychiatric units despite ban

Medical Independent (Thursday, 19 May 2o11)

Five children under the age of 17 were admitted to adult psychiatric units between December 1st 2010 and January 20th 2011, despite an addendum introduced to the Mental Health Act 2001 on December 1st last year banning such practices except in exceptional circumstances, the Medical Independent has learned.



Mental Ill Health


Mental illness health fears

Medical Independent (Thursday, 19 May 2011)

People with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or bipolar affective disorder will die25 years earlier than those who do not suffer from these conditions, GPs attending the ICGPAGM heard.



Suicide Prevention


Tackling suicide

Eolas (Tuesday, 24 May 2011)
A national emotional support helpline is one of the priorities for the incoming Minister for mental health. The new Government will set aside €35 million from the health budget each year to implement the National Suicide Prevention Strategy and to develop community and mental health teams.


We must give young people a reason to live
Irish Times (Tuesday, 24 May 2011)

Tony Bates asks how we can break the contagion of suicide. This column is the first of two that will try to make sense of this behaviour and to suggest what we can do to break the contagion of suicide among vulnerable young people


'My children lost a pal to suicide…I remember the tears were bouncing of his coffin…but these are deaths we CAN prevent'

Sunday World (Sunday, 22 May 2011)

From 458 deaths by suicide in 2007, the total leapt by 15 per cent to 527 in 2009. That was the highest level of suicide deaths ever recorded in this country," Minister Kathleen Lynch told the Sunday World in an exclusive interview.