July 8, 2008

Mental Health

Report: Government mental health policy doomed to fail without resources

Irish Examiner, Page 11, 28-Jun-2008

The Government's plan for mental health services has not been implemented properly and is doomed to failure unless it is adequately resourced, an independent monitoring group has said. In a fiercely critical report, the Independent Monitoring Group, charged with looking at the implementation of the government's Vision for Change mental health strategy, said both the HSE and various government departments are failing to implement the plan properly.

Seanad to hear mental health bill tonight

Evening Echo, Page 8, 25-Jun-2008

Cork senator Dan Boyle will introduce a private members bill on mental health to Seanad Eireann tonight. The bill proposes changes to the Mental Health Act 2001 and will be debated in the Seanad. The Mental Health Bill 2008 proposes a ban on psychosurgery and the forced treatment of patients with electroconvulsive therapy. 

Mental Health Service

Sale of 210-acre HSE land to benefit local mental health services

South Tipp Today, Page 1, 02-Jul-2008

Health Service Executive (HSE) has confirmed to South Tipp Today that the proceeds from the sale of land attached to St. Luke's Psychiatric Hospital in Clonmel to South Tipperary County Council, will be re-invested into local community-based Senator Prendergast. Mental health services. But it was unable to comment on the amount of money that the sale will raise.  

Local Senator calls for HSE funds to be ring-fenced for the South East

Dungarvan Observer, Page 9, 02-Jul-2008

Waterford Senator Paudie Coffey FG has called on the Minister for Health, the HSE and the Department of Health to ring-fence any funds raised through the future sale of any HSE lands at existing psychiatric facilities such as St. Otterans Hospital in Waterford City and asked that they be used to enhance services and resources for the treatment of mental health patients in Waterford and the South East. 

Adult psychiatric units admit 99 children
Irish Medical Times (Wed, 2 Jul 2008)

Nearly 100 children were admitted to adult psychiatric units in the first five months of this year, according to the latest figures from the Mental Health Commission. The figures show that between 1 January 2008 and 31 May 2008, 99 children were admitted to such mental health units while another 60 were taken in by psychiatric units for children.

Mental health services delivery criticised
Irish Times Subscription (Sat, 28 Jun 2008)

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has been strongly criticised by a monitoring body established by the Government for failing to implement a national strategy to reform the State’s mental health services. The independent monitoring group said millions allocated for the 10-year Vision for Change plan have not been spent by the HSE and that its implementation plans are “selective and vague”.


Depression in pregnant women can affect kids

Evening Herald, Page 34, 27-Jun-2008

Depression in pregnant women can affect kids.  Children whose mothers suffer depression in pregnancy are 34pc more likely to experience delays to their development, research has shown. The study is one of only a few to assess the impact of depression in pregnancy separately from postnatal depression, which affects women after childbirth.

Eating Disorders

Thousands dying to be thin 

Irish Farmers Journal Supplement, Page 20, 05-Jul-2008

The Government estimated two years ago that 200,000 people suffer from eating disorders in Ireland. Why then, are there only three specialist public beds (all in Dublin) to cope with an escalating problem?

'Sporty mates' are a girl's best friend

Evening Herald, Page 24, 03-Jul-2008

Girls whose close friends are athletic are less likely to develop eating disorders. A
new study has found a direct link between the friends young girls choose and how they view their own figures. Up to a third of teenage Irish girls are preoccupied with dieting because they are unhappy with their body image or shape.


Out of hours youth service needed to tackle suicide
The Western People (Wed, 2 Jul 2008)

The key to suicide prevention is to create a culture where people can reach out for help, and to normalise the fact that it is acceptable to look for help, according to Mary O' Sullivan, Suicide Prevention Officer for the HSE.