July 30, 2010

Mental Health Service

Health capital spending to fall €100m
Irish Times (Mon, 26 July 2010)
The Government has said it will not be possible to develop all the priority healthcare infrastructure projects originally planned.Government spending on healthcare capital projects will fall by nearly €100 million in each of the years ahead under the terms of the review of the Government’s infrastructure priorities 2010 – 2016. However it will spend nearly €2.9 billion on healthcare projects in the years up to 2016.

Mental health clinic for children closes after insurer denies cover
Irish Examiner (Mon, 26 July 2010)
It’s a sign of the times to see new houses lying idle but to see this particular property fully furnished and with facilities but with no inhabitants is particularly sad. The Haven, outside Maynooth, was purpose built to provide high-quality child and adolescent mental health services in a unique setting as a model of the family home. But now, just over a year after it opened, the clinic is closed as it could not get any insurance company to cover people using the services.

Use only qualified counsellors, anxiety sufferers in north-east advised
Northern Standard (Thu, 15 July 2010)
Just under half of clients seeking help, present with issues of Anxiety (42%) and Depression (38%), according to a recent survey, conducted, among its members by the Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP).Stress or panic attacks (34%) are the next most frequent reasons that people will visit a counsellor or psychotherapist. But the IACP is increasingly worried that lack of regulation is putting clients at risk and potentially giving the professions a bad name.

Mental Health

Miscarriage effects on men
Irish Examiner, (Tue, 27 July 2010)
A significant proportion of men experience psychological distress after a miscarriage, the results of a new study indicate. Studies have shown men experience feelings of loss and sadness after a miscarriage, until now, it has been unclear how strong these feelings are or how long they last. Researchers set out to explore men's reactions to miscarriages. Of 83 couples in the study, 43% of the men suffered significant psychological distress.

Suicide Prevention

NUI Galway professor tells conference schools are struggling to stop cyberbullying
Galway Advertiser (Thurs, 29 July 2010)
NUI Galway professor Keith Sullivan who is attached to the school of education has said that the problem of cyberbullying is escalating in our schools, and it is difficult to stop due to the anonymity of the perpetrator.