September 10, 2010

Mental Health Service

Mental health is far more than a 'silly season' story
Irish Times (Tues, 7 September 2010)
Colm O Gorman writes that during summer 2010 a series of grave reports on the mental health service in Ireland catalogued a series of serious failings – “inhumane” conditions within some inpatient units, disproportionate funding cuts, an “alarming” slip backwards in relation to reform and a lack of accountability and transparency within the system. There was limited news coverage in reaction to these three reports. But now the summer is over, we cannot allow their findings to be consigned to oblivion along with all the other seasonal stories.


Call for specific services to treat self-harm
Irish Times (Fri, 10 September 2010)
Self-harm should not be treated in the same way as a suicide attempt, the author of a new study on self-injury in Ireland said yesterday. Self-injury needs to be treated with harm-reduction rather than harm-prevention measures, said Dr Kay Inckle of Trinity College Dublin’s school of social work and social policy

When each scar is a cry for help
Irish Times (Tues, 7 September 2010)
One thing all young self-harmers have in common is TVs in their bedrooms, according to a leading expert. Self-harm can go on for months and the parents don’t notice,” explains Joan Freeman, author of a new book on self-harm Cover-Up: Understanding Self-Harm and founder of Pieta House in Lucan, Co Dublin.

Suicide Prevention

Costs deter suicidal from going to GP, warn Samaritans
Irish Times (Thur, 9 September 2010)
Samaritans Ireland has warned that  some people with suicidal feelings are choosing not to attend their doctors due to the high cost of visits to general practitioners,. It also revealed one in 10 of its helpline calls is directly related to stress caused by the recession as it launched a new campaign to reduce the large number of men committing suicide in Ireland.

Suicide rate higher than official figures
Irish Times (Weds, 8 September 2010)
The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children heard yesterday  that I=in one fifth of undetermined deaths a suicide note is found, meaning the number of suicides in Ireland is likely much higher than official figures state. Prof Kevin Malone of the school of medicine and medical science, UCD and St Vincent’s University Hospital, said there were 527 recorded deaths by suicide in 2009, not taking into account such undetermined deaths.

Calls for national suicide research programme
Irish Examiner (Weds, 8 September 2010)
Stories of families struck by suicide were brought into the public arena yesterday as politicians were urged to push for a national research programme into people taking their own lives. The Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children yesterday heard how there was a vacuum of information on the reasons behind rising death numbers and clusters of young people deciding to end their lives. TDs and senators heard how one project had tracked the grieving families of 104 suicide

Irish Daily Star (Weds, 8 September 2010)
Pieta House, Ireland's only centre for the intervention of suicide and self-harm is planning to open a new base in Munster. The charity said yesterday its new centre would be located in Limerick, which has the highest rate of self-harm in Ireland, according to a 2009 report. The organisation is due to host a major fundraising night at the new Limerick Greyhound Track.

Financial stress sees suicides rise by 45%
Evening Echo (Mon, 6 September 2010)
The loss of daily purpose and the financial stress associated with unemployment has been blamed for a 45% rise in the number of suicides recorded in Cork last year. As the Evening Echo starts a five-day series on the impact of the economic meltdown, statistics show that 93 people in Cork officially died by suicide in 2009 — up from 64 in 2008.

No extra funds to stem alarming rise in suicides
Irish Examiner (Sat, 4 September 2010)
No extra money will be provided next year to stem the growing numbers of suicides, Minister John Moloney confirmed yesterday. Speaking ahead of tomorrow's World Suicide Prevention Day, the Minister with Responsibility for Mental Health admitted funding in the area is likely to be capped at €5 million.


Meeting to challenge mental health stigma
Clare People, (Tues, 7 September 2010)
The  first of 34 planned public meetings aimed at addressing the stigma surrounding mental health will take place in Ennis next week. The meeting, hosted by See Change, in association with Clare Community Forum, will take place in the Templegate Hotel, Ennis, on Tuesday, September at 7.30pm. Mr John Moloney TD, Minister for Disability and Mental Health, will address the meeting, as will speakers on the area of mental health stigma.