August 31, 2012


HSE pledges Crisis Intervention Service retention

Clare Champion, 24-Aug-2012

The Mid-West HSE has rejected claims it is planning to reduce the Crisis Intervention Service, which helps people experiencing suicidal thoughts or those at risk of engaging in acts of self-harm. The Psychiatric Nurses' Association (PNA) made a claim that psychiatric patients would be affected by a threatened reduction in the HSE-funded Crisis Intervention Service, The HSE, however, insists the Crisis Intervention Service will continue to be available. 

Mental Health

30pc surge in child depression

Irish Independent Metro Edition, 27-Aug-2012

The recession has caused a 30pc surge in children reporting depression and mental health problems, it has emerged.


Irish Independent Health & Living,  27-Aug-2012

We know about the crucial role of family doctors in picking the symptoms of anxiety and depression in patients. But how well informed are they?

Helpline to support distressed farmers debated

Evening Echo, 24-Aug-2012

A helpline for distressed farmers enduring a miserable year because of the bad weather is urgently needed, according to Fianna Fail.However the need for a helpline has been roundly dismissed by Cork East Fine Gael TD Tom Barry, who said a helpline would be a cosmetic exercise that would not even come close to addressing the-real problems facing farmers.

 Fears for future of youth service

Kerrys Eye, 23-Aug-2012

A social media campaign to save a youth mental health service In Kerry began this week amidst fears for the service's future. Save Jigsaw Kerry Group, made up of a group of young people who have been involved in Jigsaw Kerry since 2009, is urgently seeking support to keep the service open.

Recession cited as factor as demand increases for mental health services in north-east

Northern Standard, 23-Aug-2012

Co Monaghan and other parts of the north-east are undergoing an increase in the demand for mental health services – and the current recession is being cited as a significant factor in this trend.Financial pressures and unemployment have caused a spiralling of conditions among those who have been suffering from mental health issues and we've noticed a big increase in the numbers of enquiries to our help groups so far this year”, Mary French, co-ordinator of GROW Ireland in the north-eastern region said this week.