July 9, 2014


Mental Health

Mental health disabilities still holding stigma
Metro Herald, 09-Jul-2014
A new survey has shown people with emotional, psychological and mental health disabilities face stigma in society.
Nurses ballot on action over psychiatric unit concerns
Connacht Sentinel, 08-Jul-2014
Staff at the 45 bed acute psychiatric unit at UHG have raised concerns over patient care and believe additional staff is needed to meet the extra demand on its service following the closure of the acute unit at Ballinasloe.
TD calls for "fully independent" evaluation of all mental health services in west
Irishtimes.com, 08-Jul-2014
Denis Naughten, Independent TD for Roscommon/South Leitrim, said "People need to see that community resources are up and working, and are effective, before there can be any closures or changes to existing provision."
Hospital closures pave way for new mental health premises at Portrane
Independent.ie, 08-Jul-2014
However, the latest report shows that at the end of 2013 there were five of these remaining hospitals in service with 179 patients in residence, down from 1,551 in 2007. 
GAA in 'sport your mind' mental health programme
Independent.ie, 08-Jul-2014
Health Service Executive (HSE) programme to improve the health and well-being of members, are being invited to send in applications. 
Website will gauge your mood to help assess problems
Evening Echo, 07-Jul-2014
The iFightDepression tool was launched last month by the Junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch.
Survey on palliative care for people with mental illness
Forum, Page 10, 07-Jul-2014
The study seeks to identify how people who have a diagnosed mental illness and co-existent palliative care needs are identified as requiring palliative care services, are referred to and interact with those services. 
Children First Bill will be a game changer for Samaritans
Irishtimes.com, 07-Jul-2014
Volunteers will now have to report child abuse risks to the authorities.

Patients fear closure of mental health care
Dublin People, 07-Jul-2014
Patients attending a mental health facility in Dublin, say they fear it is facing closure after a HSE review.

Mental health group's plea to UN over visits
Independent.ie, 07-Jul-2014
Support Link is seeking radical changes in the legislation, accusing the HSE of acting outside the law.

Samaritans’ volunteers will highlight their work at a location near you this summer
thejournal.ie, 07-Jul-2014
The awareness campaign ‘Talk to Us’ emphasises the importance of talking and highlights that the charity is available around the clock for anyone struggling to cope.

Cork study shows depth of teenage girls self-harming
Evening Echo, 07-Jul-2014
Almost a tenth of teenage girls between 15 and 17 years old have self-harmed in the past year.

More than 3,000 young people are waiting for referrals
thejournal.ie, 07-Jul-2014
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service waiting list had grown to 3,029 cases by 31 March.

Roscommon has very high admission rate to psychiatric hospitals – Report
Roscommon People, 04-Jul-2014
County Roscommon has one of the highest rate of admissions to psychiatric hospitals in the country, is operating under an outdated, 30-year- old mental health policy, and should close many of its residential units – according to a review.

Two new preferred drugs announced
Hospital Pharmacy News, 04-Jul-2014
The Medicines Management Programme has identified CITALOPRAM as the preferred Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitor (SSRI) for the treatment of depression.

Psychiatric nurses protest over ‘dangerous' staffing levels in the west
Irishtimes.com, 04-Jul-2014
Psychiatric nurses in the west have warned of industrial action over staff shortages that they describe as jeopardising safety of staff and patients. 

Bid to prevent strike action by nurses over staff shortage
Independent.ie, 04-Jul-2014
The HSE is locked in talks with representatives of psychiatric nurses at the biggest hospital in the west in a bid to avoid industrial action over staff shortages. 
TeenLine fundraisers help keep service open
Ballyfermot Echo, 03-Jul-2014
A trio of TeenLine fundraisers are being staged this August in an attempt to raise vital funds for the confidential listening service which has received nearly 9,000 calls since the start of the year.

Dublin star Flynn steps outside ‘comfort zone’
and helps to promote suicide awareness

thescore.ie, 08-Jul-2014
The two-time All-Ireland medallist insists any work he has put in has been worth it after receiving correspondence that he steered one person away from suicide.
GAA 'has role to play in suicide crisis'
irishexaminer.com, 07-Jul-2014
The GAA President said that they need to start working with children to help change the macho image and get people to talk about their troubles. 
March for suicide prevention held in Dublin
Irishtimes.com, 06-Jul-2014
More than 100 people joined a march in Dublin City Centre over the weekend calling for increased funding for mental health services. 
A&E service reform urged for suicide bid patients
irishexaminer.com, 03-Jul-2014
The proposal was made by Sinn Féin's Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin during a Dáil debate on mental health services which Health Minister James Reilly admitted have suffered as a result of spending cuts.