July 2, 2014


Mental Health

Teacher alleges discrimination on grounds of mental illness
Irishtimes.com, 02-Jul-2014
Mary McEneaney alleges that since the Cavan and Monaghan Education Training Board learned in 2009 she suffered from depression after she told her then school principal, she has been discriminated against on grounds of her illness.
Psychiatric patient assaults staff, but has to be kept in unsuitable ward
thejournal.ie, 02-Jul-2014
The situation highlights the issues being faced by psychiatric nurses in Ireland, Des Kavanagh of the Psychiatric Nurses Association indicated toTheJournal.ie.

Income Insurance For Serious Depression
Business Plus, 01-Jul-2014
The number of people making income protection claims for psychiatric reasons has increased in recent years, according to Friends First.
State Treatment of asylum seekers creates “legacy” of mental illness
Irishtimes.com, 01-Jul-2014
Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said the disgraceful conditions in which asylum seekers were detained in direct provision was an example of how “the treatment of some sectors of society by this State is undoubtedly damaging the mental health of many individuals”.
Recovery is the key word in mental health issues
The Southern Star, 01-Jul-2014
The social stigma associated with being a person suffering from mental illness can often be one of the biggest obstacles to overcome.  
Children born after fertility treatment “more likely to be autistic and schizophrenic”
Irishtimes.com, 30-Jun-2014
Children born to women with fertility problems have a 33 per cent greater risk of suffering with mental illness, a study has claimed.
Lynch: Changes have been made at mental health services in West
RTÉ.ie, 30-Jun-2014
It follows a report carried out by an expert panel appointed by the Health Service Executive, which found the services were being run to outdated 30-year-old guidelines.
Mental Health Services an “easy target” says Fianna Fáil
irishtimes.com, 30-Jun-2014
Fianna Fáil has described mental health services is an “easy target” after Minister of State Kathleen Lynch said Vision for Change will not be implemented fully by the conclusion of the Government’s term.
Mental heath care lacking
Irish Independent Health & Living, 30-Jun-2014
The number of parents suffering mental health difficulties owing to the recession and funding cuts has surged – but families are not getting enough support for tills.
Mental health service model in Galway/Roscommon '30 years out of date'
irishexaminer.com, 30-Jun-2014
According to the final report of the expert review group on community mental health services in Galway/Roscommon, published over the weekend, the area also costs the HSE more per rate of admission than other, higher-density areas. 
Reports that mental health service plans are 30 years old are "not new"
thejournal.ie, 30-Jun-2014
The minister with responsibility for mental health says reports that mental health services in Roscommon are operating under a 30-year-old national strategy "are not new". Kathleen Lynch was speaking to RTÉ's Morning Ireland on Monday. 

Adams calls for Oireachtas mental health service
irishexaminer.com, 30-Jun-2014
The Sinn Féin leader has pointed to Westminster and noted that the English parliament has recently agreed to fund counselling and treatment for politicians there. 
Asperger’s – suicidal thoughts more common
irishhealth.com, 30-Jun-2014
Adults with Asperger Syndrome (AS) are significantly more likely to experience suicidal thoughts, a new study suggests.
Charity counselling services filling the gap for Travellers and pregnant women
thejournal.ie, 29-Jun-2014
Two targeted counselling services have been shortlisted for social entrepreneurship awards for the work they are carrying out with Travellers and pregnant women.
HSE doubles amount of admission officers for mental health patients
thejournal.ie, 28-Jun-2014
Despite the increase, the number of admission orders made by authorised officers has fallen.
"Very worrying" findings for Roscommon in National Mental Health Report
Roscommon People, 27-Jun-2014
The Mental Health Commission’s report raised a number of concerns nationally, stating that "the progress made over recent years in improving mental health services in Ireland is in danger of coming to a standstill".
Membership and friendship growing at Men's Shed
Clare Champion, 27-Jun-2014
Gort Men's Shed has been open since March of last year and since then, has seen its membership, friendships and projects grow extensively.
Mental illness patients are
more likely to be homicide victims

Medical Independent, 26-Jun-2014
Patients with mental illness are two and a half times more likely to be victims of homicide than people in the general population, a new study in The Lancet Psychiatry has reported.
Mental health services still impinge on human rights
Irish Medical News, 26-Jun-2014
Expressing these concerns at the launch of its Annual Report for 2013 and the Report of the Inspector of Mental Health Services, the MHC pointed out that just 60 per cent of approved centres have individualised care plans in place for patients.
Mental health service in danger of “moving backwards”
irishtimes.com, 26-Jun-2014
Mental health services are in danger of “stagnating and moving backwards”, the State’s watchdog for psychiatric care has warned.
Mental health service reform has ‘ground to a halt’
irishexaminer.com, 26-Jun-2014
Mental health service reform has "ground to a halt", with three out of five units failing to meet basic staff levels, one in four not having enough beds and half still using controversial patient restraints. 
Mental Health Commission warns over staff shortages
Independent.ie, 26-Jun-2014
VIDEO: The Mental Health Commission warns that funding and staff shortages are threatening improvements in psychiatric services.
Online programme aims to help combat depression
Irishtimes.com, 26-Jun-2014
The iFightDepression programme has been implemented and evaluated in five European regions, including Cork, and initial results have demonstrated positive feedback from healthcare professionals and users of the tool. 
44% of involuntary admissions reversed
irishexaminer.com, 26-Jun-2014
Latest Mental Health Commission figures confirm that of the 2,132 people who were due to be sent to a mental health facility against their will 1,457, or 44%, of the decisions were changed before the admission occurred. 
Children still being placed in adult psychiatric wards
irishexaminer.com, 26-Jun-2014
The still-unresolved situation has been detailed in the latest Mental Health Commission annual report, which has warned that 91 children were subjected to the heavily criticised care last year. 
Physical restraints used on mentally ill
Irish Independent, 26-Jun-2014
Too many patients with a mental illness are still subjected to seclusion and physical restraint in psychiatric units across the country, a watchdog report has warned.
HSE pledge on mental care death reporting
irishhealth.com, 25-Jun-2014
Audits carried out by the HSE have revealed serious shortcomings in the manner in which deaths likely to have been from suicide were handled in both community mental health services and approved treatment centres.


Supermarket tax will add to drinkers’ woe
independent.ie, 02-Jul-2014
Fianna Fáil’s health spokesman in the upper house, Senator Marc MacSharry, believes the tax could raise up to €200m a year to fund suicide prevention and mental health services for people in crisis.
Boys who self-harm at higher risk of suicide
Irish Examiner, 28-Jun-2014
Teenage boys in counties Cork and Kerry are six times more likely to die by suicide than teenage girls.
Government has 'fake concern for suicide' – 'Ming'
Roscommon People, 27-Jun-2014
Luke 'Ming* Flanagan MEP, who has admitted to suffering from depression, has accused the Government of having a "fake concern for suicide".