February 12, 2010

Mental Illness

Clear genetic targets emerge for understanding bipolar
Irish Medical Times (Fri, 12 Feb 2010)
Consultant Clinical Geneticist at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin, Dr Willie Reardon, and Clinical Director at St Ita’s Hospital, Portrane, Dr Richard Blennerhassett, have collaborated on a study that gives medical researchers a clear genetic target for understanding bipolar.

Women beat men on life expectancy, education – CSO
Irish Times (Wed, 10 Feb 2010)
Women live longer than men and have better educational qualifications but are more likely to be hospitalised with depression.

Mental Health Service

Big vision… but small change
Irish Medical Times (Thu, 11 Feb 2010)
Dr Anna Data and Justin Frewen believe A Vision for Change still lacks an effective implementation plan, some four years after its publication

Portrane chosen as site for Central Mental Hospital
Irish Times (Wed, 10 Feb 2010)
A site has been chosen for the relocation of the State’s Central Mental Hospital. It will move to Portrane in north Dublin from Dundrum, in the city’s southern suburbs, it has been confirmed.

Moves to tackle stigma of using mental health service
Irish Times (Wed, 10 Feb 2010)
Providing all the money in the world for the development of mental health services will be useless unless the fear people have of accessing these services can be addressed, Minister of State with responsibility for mental health John Moloney said yesterday.

€6.3m mental health unit
Irish Examiner (Wed, 10 Feb 2010)
The HSE and BAM have signed contracts worth €6.3 million for the construction of a new generation Mental Health Residential Unit for Clonmel. The unit will incorporate HIQA guidelines based on the principle that people with disabilities in residential services should be enabled to lead full lives, comparable to those of their fellow citizens.

Cork psychiatrist joins ECT campaign
Cork Independent (Thu, 4 Feb 2010)
The Clinical Director of Mental Health Services in West Cork, Pat Bracken, has added his voice to a growing campaign aimed at deleting section 59b of the Mental Health Act 2001, which provides for involuntary Electro-Convulsive Treatment (ECT) for psychiatric patients.

Suicide Prevention

Scheme urges safe disposal of medicines
Evening Echo (Tue, 9 Feb 2010)
More than 3.5 tonnes of unused medicines were disposed of in Cork last year — under a scheme which was originally set up as a suicide prevention strategy. The campaign, run by the Health Service Executive (HSE) South and community pharmacists, is aimed at encouraging people in Cork and Kerry to safely dispose of unused or of out-of-date medicines.