July 11, 2008

Mental Health

Well-read: take one book weekly for mental health
Forum (Tue, 8 Jul 2008)
Quality cognitive-based bibliotherapy is often an effective treatment option for a number of mental health conditions.


Time for a change of targets
Irish Times (Mon, 7 Jul 2008)
The Celtic Tiger may have transformed us, but as Ireland and other Western societies have become richer, we don't seem to have become any happier or more joyful.  This finding has intrigued economists and psychologists, prompting these disciplines to start looking at the relationship between wealth and happiness directly.


Drawing on art for therapy
Irish Times (Mon, 7 Jul 2008)
Art therapy is related to and draws from psychology, psychotherapy and counselling, but with art as the main form of therapeutic intervention.  With an estimated 200 art therapists now working in Ireland, it's a growing field, but the profession is still struggling to gain official recognition in this country.



Suicide Prevention

Call for action to prevent suicide
Irish Times (Wed, 9 Jul 2008)
FIANNA FÁIL senator Mary White says she is “disgusted” that three posts of regional suicide prevention officers remain unfilled. At the publication of a report yesterday on suicide prevention, she said it was essential that the full complement of 11 such officers be filled by the HSE.



Mental Health Service

Action reveals legal failure over release conditions
Irish Times (Thu, 10 Jul 2008)
A High Court action by a man found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity has exposed an apparent defect in new mental health laws in failing to provide any means of enforcing conditions on the discharge from the Central Mental Hospital of persons no longer deemed mentally ill.


Advocacy service delay criticised
Irish Times (Thu, 10 Jul 2008)
Disability groups have criticised the Government’s latest round of cutbacks which will result in the loss of a new personal advocacy service which would have benefited hundreds of vulnerable people.


Central Mental Hospital at Thornton warning
Irish Times (Wed, 9 Jul 2008)
Locating anew central mental hospital on the same site as a new prison would lead to the "further stigmatisation" of mental illness, an Oireachtas committee has been told.


Gardai probe less than 2% of attacks on hospital staff
Irish Examiner (Tue,8 Jul 2008)
Only a tiny fraction of the hundreds of violent attacks on nurses, doctors and hospital health staff are investigated by gardai or end up in court, figures reveal.