August 28, 2009

Mental Health


The online meeting of minds
Irish Times (Tue, 25 August 2009)

Evidence is mounting that counselling and psychotherapy services can be delivered effectively online.


Mental Health Service


Court challenge to mental care lawyers

Irish Independent (Thu, 27 August 2009)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The legality of a bid by the Mental Health Commission to replace a panel of up to 100 solicitors, selected to represent the interests of psychiatric patients under a legal aid scheme, is being challenged in the High Court.


Rise in children treated in adult psychiatric centres
Irish Times (Thu, 27 August 2009)                                                                                                

The number of children admitted to adult psychiatric hospitals rose significantly last year due to a lack of appropriate facilities, new figures show.


Hundreds of disabled in unsuitable institutions
Irish Times (Tue, 25 August 2009)                                                                                                 

 More than 300 people with intellectual disabilities continue to reside in psychiatric hospitals, 25 years after the practice was due to be phased out, latest figures show, writes CARL O’BRIEN , Social Affairs Correspondent



Suicide Prevention


Welfare staff to get suicide awareness training
Irish Times (Mon, 24 August 2009)                                                                                              

Health Authorities are to provide frontline staff at social welfare offices with suicide awareness training following rising concern over the impact of the economic downturn on people who have lost their jobs.




Sleep Patterns Can Predict Depression                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Carrigdhoun (Sat, 22 August 2009)                                                                                        

ep patterns can help predict which children and teenagers might be at greater risk for developing depression, a new study has found. According to the researchers, depressed adults experience rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep earlier in the sleep cycle than people who are not depressed.