March 8, 2010

Mental Illness 

More diagnose their own bipolar

Metro Herald (Tue, 2 March 2010)

The willingness of high-profile bipolar disorder sufferers to talk about their condition has led to more people diagnosing themselves with the illness, researchers claimed yesterday. Bipolar disorder, previously known as manic depression, is a condition affecting people's mood, which can swing from one extreme to another.  

Mental Health Service 

Mental illness exacerbated by recession – support group
Irish Times (Thu, 4 March 2010)

A national mental health support organisation has noted an increase in people with serious mental health problems because of the additional stress caused by the recession. 

Land sale to raise €50 million
The Irish Times (Tue, 2 Mar 2010)

Health authorities plan to use funds to close Victorian-era hospitals and develop a modern psychiatric serviceHealth authorities plan to raise €50 million from the sale of mental health lands this year which will be used to help develop a modern psychiatric service. 

Advocacy can put mental health back on the agenda
Irish Medical Times (Tue, 2 Mar 2010)

Dr Anna Data and Justin Frewen examine the crucial role advocacy can play in addressing the many clinical, economic and political issues facing the mental health services.

1,200 patients in 'outdated' institutions to be moved
Irish Times (Mon, 1 March 2010)

The Government will today announce plans to move 1,200 patients out of outdated psychiatric institutions within the next three years.Minister for State with responsibility for mental health John Moloney says he wants to close the remaining 14 Victorian-era institutions and provide new community-based facilities. 

155 children placed in adult psychiatric hospitals
Irish Times (Mon, 1 March 2010)

There were 155 admissions of children and adolescents to adult psychiatric hospitals last year despite criticism of the practice by the State’s mental health watchdog.

Suicide Prevention 

Assisted suicide meeting
Irish Times (Mon, 1 March 2010)

Controversial Australian assisted suicide advocate Philip Nitschke is planning to hold his first public meeting and workshop in Dublin later this month.

Prisoners provide lifeline service for fellow inmates in three Dublin jails
Irish Times (Mon, 1 March 2010)

An in-house ‘listener’ service offered by trained detainees is proving a great success.

Samaritans dealing with same anxieties 40 years on
Irish Times (Mon, 1 March 2010)

The ways in which people contact the group has changed dramatically – by phone, e-mail and text.