May 29, 2015

Mental Health

“A world–class facility lies idle”, CUH psychiatric nurses “forced to work in old unit”, 29-May-2015

Minister of State for Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch has been heavily criticised for her handling of an ongoing industrial dispute at Cork University Hospital (CUH) that has resulted in the new €15 million psychiatric care unit lying dormant.

Within these walls.

Medical Independent, 28-May-2015

The latest batch of reports from the Inspector of Mental Health Services has highlighted a series of problems, ranging from outdated premises and prescribing issues, to the privacy and dignity of patients. Zach Kelly reports.

Have our men missed out?

Tipperary Star, 28-May-2015

Peg Hanafin writes about the newly formed ‘Men’s Shed’ organisation and the need for greater emphasis on developing emotional supports to allow men to discuss mental health issues in a free and open environment.

Psychiatric patients 'at serious risk due to doctor shortage'

Irish Independent, 27-May-2015

Professor Patricia Casey of the Mater Hospital in Dublin has outlined her concerns on how the national shortage of junior doctors in psychiatry will affect patient safety.

How to spot an eating disorder in a child

Woman’s Way, 26-May-2015

It’s estimated that up to 200,000 people in Ireland may have an eating disorder. Barry Murphy from Bodywhys talks about some of the signs that a child or adolescent may display if they have an eating disorder.

Staff at Galway psychiatric unit start industrial action, 26-May-2015

Ten staff at the acute psychiatric unit in Galway University Hospital have started industrial action as a result of concerns about staffing levels at the facility.

It's better for men to open up than 'man up'

Irish Examiner, 26-May-2015

Caroline Allen talks about the current approach being taken to men's mental health and wellbeing. 

Mental Health Rethink

Eolas, 22-May-2015

A major review of current mental health legislation proposes to end the administration of ECT to unwilling patients and give patients a stronger voice in their treatment. 


Mental Health Awareness Cycle Raises Over €12,000 For Suicide Or Survive

Dungarvan Leader, 29-May-2015

A 50km mental health awareness cycle through mid county Waterford has raised €12,000 for the suicide awareness charity, Suicide or Survive (SOS).

Childline concerned over number of children at risk of suicide, 26-May-2015

The charity has voiced it's concern about the “scale and complexity of mental health issues for children” with 20,000 contacts directly related to pyscho-social and mental health issues.