May 7, 2010

Mental Health

big meeting of minds
Irish Times (Wed, 5 May 2010)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Thousands of socially conscious young people will gather in Dublin today to showcase their projects and compete for Young Social Innovator of the Year 2010

Irish Examiner (Tue, 4 May 2010)
Whether or not we have suffered personally from mental health problems, we all have a responsibility to make Ireland a place where people who are suffering are supported to get well, writes John Moloney

Suicide Prevention

Church leader calls for morality in banking
Irish Examiner (Fri, 7 May 2010)
The head of the Church of Ireland said the consequences of the recession were devastating for those forced into unemployment or faced with the collapse of their companies.

New approach advocated for dealing with suicide and self-harm
Clare Champion (Fri, 30th April 2010)
The provision of more informal drop-in centres providing free and confidential private support services for young people in the Mid-West to reduce the incidence of suicide and self-harm has been proposed by a North Clare mental health specialist.

Mental Health Service

No role for mental health professionals in torture procedures
Irish Medical Times (Fri, 7 May 2010)
Psychologists and psychiatrists should not be expected to participate in torture as they do not have the expertise to assess individual pain or the long-term effects of interrogation, according to leading psychiatrists.

Up to 2,000 users asked to rate quality of mental health services
Irish Examiner (Tue, 4 May 2010)
Up to 2,000 mental health service users and their families are to be asked to rate the services they use in the community. A questionnaire has been sent out to the members of the National Service Users Executive, asking them to gauge the rate of progress, if any, in mental heath services in recent years, and what they want to see implemented in future.

Mayo Mental Health Services to host International Mental Health leaders
Connaught Telegraph (Tue, 4 May 2010)
In May. Ireland will become the focus for members of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL). Mental Health leaders from throughout the world will be coming to various parts of Ireland to visit services, exchange information and develop networks. Following this, the visitors will go on to the organisation meeting and conference in the INEC in Killarney. 

Is electric-shock treatment necessary in the 21st century?
Irish Independent Health & Living (Mon, 3 May 2010)
Actress Beverly Callard, who plays barmaid Liz on the soap Coronation Street, spoke candidly on RTE's Late Late Show recently about receiving electric-shock treatment for her nervous breakdown.

Moratorium lifted for mental health
Medical Independent (Thu, 29 April 2010)
Mental health services have received a special and very rare exemption from the HSE's moratorium on recruitment, which was in danger of compromising the roll-out of A Vision for Change', the Medical Independent has learned