March 12, 2010

Mental Health

A teaching role in mental health
The Irish Times (Tue, 9 March 2010)
Schools and teachers play a vital role in recognising and supporting students with mental health problems SCHOOLS AND teachers have an important role in the recognition of mental health problems and in promoting mental wellbeing for all children.


Mental Health Service

Hospitals agree policy on transfer of patients
Irish Examiner (Fri, 12 March 2010)
Hospitals in Cork, have agreed a new policy on the management of patient transfers from an emergency department to psychiatric units following the death of a man by suicide.


Workers oppose move of mental health acute unit
Wexford People (Wed, 10 March 2010)
Wexford mental health workers are poised to oppose any move to shift the St. Senan's Hospital admissions unit to Waterford Regional. Psychiatric nurses union S.I.P.T.U. believes that the move is under active consideration by the H.S.E. but local organiser Pat Cody has warned that it will be resisted by his members.

Mental health staffing crisis escalates
Roscommon Herald (Wed, 10 March 2010)
The staffing crisis within the mental health services in the county has escalated this week following a ballot for industrial action by members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association.

€1,000 per day on security of patient
Clare People (Tue, 9 March 2010)
The Health Service Executive (HSE) has spent €600,000 on 24 hour security for one patient at the acute psychiatric unit at Ennis General Hospital over the past 18 months.

System 'unable to deal with prisoners with mental illness'
Irish Examiner (Mon. 8 March 2010)
Penal reformers said the prison system is unable to deal with the number of prisoners with a severe mental illness, despite some encouraging initiatives. Responding to Sally's story, the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) also expressed "serious concern" that prisons might be used as a solution to deal with patients who are deemed "unsuitable ' for residential treatment in the community. 


Mental Illness

Deaths highlight mental illness problems among asylum seekers
Irish Times (Thu,11 March 2010)
LONDON LETTER: The nomadic life of a Russian family ended tragically last weekend when they jumped from the 15th floor of a tower block in Glasgow, writes MARK HENNESSY.

New strategies suggested to stop inappropriate treatment requests
Irish Medical Times (Wed, 10 March 2010)
Clinicians may use one of several approaches to deny patient requests for an inappropriate treatment while preserving the physician-patient relationship, according to a new report. The report followed a study in which researchers analysed data from a randomised trial on the behaviour of primary care clinicians in response to requests for antidepressant medication.

Future treatments for depression
Irish Medical Times (Mon. 8 March 2010)
Dr Ross Dunne looks at the current treatments for depression, ranging from electro-convulsive therapy to lithium, and looks forward to emerging treatments that may help patients in the future.