January 30, 2009

Mental Health

Stress kills down on the farm
Irish Examiner Farming (Thu, 29 Jan 2009)
Why is farming so dangerous? That's a question occupying many minds after the Health and Safety Authority — for seemingly the umpteenth time — revealed another "shocking and unacceptable" annual farm death toll.

Mental Health Service

HSE defends care facility closure
Irish Health (Wed, 28 Jan 2009)
The HSE has insisted that the closure of a care facility for elderly patients with mental health problems in Cork is in the patients’ best interest.  The 42 patients currently being cared for at Heatherside Hospital in Buttevant are to be transferred to St Stephen’s Hospital in Glanmire, a psychiatric hospital some 40 miles away.

Fears for 1,500 psychiatric patients over plan to sell sites
Irish Examiner (Wed, 27 Jan 2009)
Serious concerns have been raised over how 1,500 patients currently treated at 14 psychiatric institutions will be. affected by government plans to put the land up for sale. Minister of state John Moloney yesterday , said funding gaps for the A Vision for Change reform programme will be filled by the sale of the facilities on a phased basis over the coming years. The minister said the property sales will add an estimated €800 million in funding to the specialist service

€800m sale of hospitals goes ahead despite prices slump
Irish Independent (Mon, 26 Jan 2009)
THE Government is to press ahead with the controversial sale of 12 psychiatric hospitals but insisted last night the €800m raised will go to mental health services. Flans to sell the lucrative properties and replace them with community-based mental health teams will be announced today. The plan is to sell two or three hospitals this year as part of a staggered process.

Sod turned for new 20-bed child mental health unit at Merlin Park
Galway City Tribune (Fri, 23 Jan 2009)
John Moloney, T.D., Minister for Equality, Disability and Mental Health at the Depart- ment of Health and Children turned the sod for the new 20 bed Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Unit for Galway on Wednesday afternoon. Construction on the new 20 bed unit is commencing this week and is due to be completed at the end of the year.

Suicide Prevention

Gatekeeper education programme launched
Leinster Express (Wed, 21 Jan 2009)
The HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster is launching a series of suicide awareness sessions entitled 'Gatekeeper Community Education. Programme' on January 26 next. The sessions will take place over a six week period in Tullamore College and will run for approximately two hours from 7.30 – 9.30 p.m. each evening. The programme has been developed by the Suicide Resource Office of the HSE Midlands as part of an overall suicide prevention initiative and as such covers a broad range of topics.

Suicide Prevention Officer for Laois
Leinster Express (Wed, 21Jan 2009)
Dublin Fianna Fail Senator and campaigner on suicide prevention, Mary White, has confirmed that a suicide prevention officer has been allocated to the Laois region. Senator White, who has campaigned strongly on this issue, raised with Minister Harney the need for an update on services for suicide prevention in Ireland.


Depression in women on the increase
Metro (Wed, 28 Jan 2009)
The number of middle-aged women suffering depression or anxiety has risen by around a fifth, figures showed yesterday. Those aged 45 to 54 are at high risk of depression or anxiety-related disorders, with one in four (25 per cent) women suffering in 2007 – up a fifth on the 21 per cent in 1993. Among women aged 55 to 64 the figure jumped almost a third over the period, from 14 per cent in 1993 to 18 per cent in 2007.


Schizophrenia discrimination still rife
Irish Health (Fri, 23 Jan 2009)
Almost 50% of people with schizophrenia worldwide are being discriminated against and at least two-thirds feel that they need to hide their condition, a new study has found. The study, which involved interviews with more than 730 people with schizophrenia across 27 countries, found that almost half experienced significant stigma leading to impoverishment, social marginalisation and a low quality of life.