May 29, 2009

Mental Health

Gay Community News, (01-Jun-2009)
The Health Service Executive is to draw up new guidelines for Irish Hospitals on Gay and Lesbian relationships.


HRT patch aids schizophrenics
Irish Daily Mail, (26-May-2009)
HRT patches could be an unlikely new treatment for men and women with schizophrenia. Australian researchers have found those with a history of the mental illness have far fewer symptoms if they wear a hormone replacement patch on their skin.


A healthy approach
Sunday Independent Special Supplement, (24-May-2009)
Healthcare is one industry that is reaping the rewards of aligning with the creative arts, helping to open up communication channels and invoke lasting change in the areas of education and personal expression.  THE healthcare sector in Ireland continues to form a strong and rewarding relationship with the arts, both at a business and holistic level.


Schizophrenia link to violence very low
Irish Health (24/05/09) 
Schizophrenia only very marginally increases the risk of committing violent crime, according to a new Swedish study.  The reason there is an over-representation of people with schizophrenia in violent crime is almost entirely attributable to substance abuse, according to the researchers.


Appalling failure                                                                                                                            Limerick Independent, (20-May-2009)
LIMERICK TD Dan Neville has slammed the Government for its "appalling" failure to honor commitments to develop local mental health services. Speaking on the 2008 report of the Inspector of Mental Health Services, the Fine Gael spokesman on mental health claimed that 2007 recommendations have not yet been introduced.



Mental Health Service


Grangegorman mental hospital plans submitted
Evening Herald, (28-May-2009)
Plans to build a huge mental hospital at Grangegorman have been lodged as part of the large scale development in north Dublin. Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA) has applied to Dublin City Council for permission to build a long awaited campus.


€20m centre takes big step
Clondalkin Echo, (27-May-2009)
Planning for the new health centre next to Cherry Orchard Hospital will be lodged in June and a further five million euro has been allocated in funding. Health Service Executive officials will met community organisations on Monday, May 25 to discuss the plans for the 20 million euro centre.


Shadow initiative offers opportunities
Clare People, (26-May-2009)
Twenty clients of the Clare Supported Employment Service took part in a pioneering scheme which gives people with a disability the opportunity to experience different working environments. The initiative is part of a national nationwide scheme which afforded prospective employees an opportunity to shadow a workplace mentor through a normal working day.


We must invest in mental health services
Evening Echo, (20-May-2009)
The economic crisis confronting us should not mean mental health services in Ireland remain under-funded and unequal. According to the Inspector for Mental Health Services' annual report for 2008, the Carraig Mor Centre needs funding for a clinical psychologist and at the Acute Psychiatry Unit at Bantry, children are still being admitted, despite the fact it is an adult unit.


Taoiseach visits new Primary Care Centre site in Letterkenny
Donegal on Sunday, (17-May-2009)
During his visit to Letterkenny on Friday afternoon the Taoiseach was taken on a walk-through tour of the site of the new Primary Care Centre, which is located within the Letterkenny Town Centre at Justice Walsh Road. Mr. Cowen met with representatives from Primary Care Services who will be based at the new Centre, including Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Public Health Nursing staff.



Suicide Prevention


Group to probe if suicide rate is higher than statistics
Irish Examiner, (27-May-2009)
A LEADING suicide research group is investigating the possibility that national  suicide rates could be  far higher than officially record
ed as some  Coroners' Court judgments deliberately re-classify the tragedies.  Under the current system the Central Statistics Office (CSO) is only able to confirm suicides which have been recorded as such in Coroners' Courts, with just under 500 of these deaths occurring every year.


Lack of training in suicide counselling
The Irish Times (26/05/09)
Irish counsellers and psychotherapists dealing with suicidal people are not being given adequate specialised training to assist them and instead are having to learn as they go, according to a leading international expert on suicide.



Expert warns impact of scandal will be 'felt for several generations'
Irish Examiner, (26-May-2009)
THE author of the first Irish study into the long-term effects of institutional child abuse on survivors has warned that the repercussions of the scandal could be felt for several generations to come. Dr Ella Arensman of the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) said she was concerned that publication  of the Child  Abuse Commission's report last week had been interpreted in some quarters as offering closure to survivors when for many, it was only the start of dealing with the impact of their ordeal.


Maynooth body launching awareness campaign folllowing tragic deaths
Liffey Champion, (23-May-2009)
FOLLOWING recent tragic deaths of local teenagers, Maynooth Community Council is launching an awareness campaign to provide support for the community. Assistance is being sought by the Community Council from 'Headstrong', the National Centre for Youth Mental Health on how to get the HSE, the gardai, school authorities and local groups involved.


Councillor Andy Moloney holds Tipperary meeting on suicide issue in Ireland
The Avondhu, (21-May-2009)
Mary White, Dublin Senator and campaigner on suicide prevention, was recently invited to chair an event in South Tipperary, organised by local Councillor Andy Moloney, to discuss issues surrounding suicide in Ireland.



Cobh students to break the silence on suicide
Evening Echo, (20-May-2009)
FIitzpatrick Cobh transition year students became the first group in Cork to complete a programme aimed at tackling the taboos around suicide. Cobh-based group Breaking the Silence were established to listen, educate and support the community on suicide. The group have been in operation for two years and as part of their ongoing work, four members have undertaken training in a Peers Support Education Programme.