November 12, 2010

Mental Health Service


'Dehumanising' mental services widely criticised

Irish Examiner (Thursday, 11 November 2010)

Doctors, carers, campaigners and former patients have spoken out against "abusive, dehumanising and discriminatory" mental health services at a unique "recovery" conference at UCC yesterday. Held in honour of the late Dr Michael Corry, who avidly campaigned to bring humanity to the services, the two-day event was organised by UCC, and aims to open a debate on launching an Irish movement for critical voices against the status quo.


Mental health must be spared in budget cuts
Irish Times (Tuesday, 9 November 2010)

With financial armageddon staring us in the face, it can be difficult to focus on specifics. One area that cries out for protection is mental health. The reader response to a recent special issue of this supplement highlighted how psychological health issues affect so many of us. Yet mental health remains the perennial Cinderella of our health system. It has never been adequately funded, with just over 5 per cent of the health budget set aside for mental health services in 2010.

Teenagers 'isolated' in adult units
Irish Times (Tuesday, 9 November 2010)

Teenagers with mental health problems, who are placed in adult psychiatric units, cope with the fear and unpredictability of living on these wards through “self-imposed isolation” that can damage their health further, a new study claims. The research paper by Dr Patrick Ryan and Dr Marcia Ward was compiled following in-depth interviews with 10 adolescents, who have been placed in adult psychiatric facilities in recent years. It concludes the “young people accurately perceived that Irish mental health services did not meet their needs, in quantity or quality.”


Children forced into adult psychiatric service

Clare People (Tuesday, 9 November 2010)

As many as 69 children from Clare are waiting for more than three months to see a child psychiatrist, while 40 teenagers from the county continue to be treated within the adult mental health services. From next month, the age limit for precluding admission to adult units is being raised to 17, and by December 1, 2011, this age limit will be raised to 18. Psychiatrists, like Ennis-based Dr Moosajee Bhamjee, have raised concerns that the Clare services will not be able to work within these new regulations as services for teenagers aged 16- to 18-years-old are all but non-existent.


Bessboro unit on track despite building firm's demise

The Cork News (Friday, 5 November 2010)

The Health Service Executive is confident that its planned 20-bed adolescent mental health facility in Bessboro will open next month as planned, despite the site's contractor, Pierse Construction, being wound up in the High Court on Thursday with the loss of 109 jobs. A HSE spokesperson said that the organisation has "sought tenders for contractors to complete the work at the site in Bessboro. The construction work on site is complete and the work left to be done is the 'snag list'." He added that the HSE "is confident" the remaining work on the centre, which has been described as "fundamental" to Cork, "will be completed in time to enable the Unit to open in December as planned."






Google offers Samaritans link
Irish Examiner  (Friday, 12 November 2010)
GOOGLE launched a feature that will trigger the telephone number for the Samaritans helpline to appear when words relating to suicide are entered into its search engine.

Acne sufferers a higher suicide risk – study
Irish Times (Friday, 12 November 2010)

People who suffer from severe acne are at an increased risk of attempting suicide, research published this morning suggests. The Swedish study also says an additional suicide risk may be present when a person is treated with the anti-acne drug, isotretinoin, but that this additional risk is most likely due to the acne rather than the treatment.


Recession sparks rise in self harm, suicide in Cork

Evening Echo (Wednesday, 10 November 2010)

An average of two people a day are attempting to take their own lives in Cork city and county. Emergency workers have seen a massive increase in the number of people who have attempted suicide, taken their own life or self-harmed in recent months. And they believe increased financial pressure because of the recession has led to the spike. Ambulance workers in particular are coming across at least one such case in a 12-hour shift.


Troubled teens: Surge in suicidal thoughts

Irish Examiner (Monday, 8 November 2010)

A counseling service for troubled teenagers has seen a "significant increase" in self-harming and suicidal thoughts.  Teen Counselling said nearly a fifth of the 248 new teenage clients it dealt with in 2009 had deliberately injured themselves. "We continue to be concerned about the number of teenagers who are harming themselves, often by cutting and/or taking substances," the agency's 2009 annual report said.



Suicide Prevention


Face of Ireland to launch new help service

Donegal on Sunday (Sunday, 7 November 2010)

Face of Ireland has just announced the launch of a new helpline service that people may call if t
hey are feeling lonely, upset or suicidal. The Helpline which will cover the 32 counties of Ireland will offer a unique, friendly and confidential service and most of all a friendly voice at the end of the line that will not judge but try and assist in helping the caller. The idea behind this venture comes from the previous owner of the Face of Ireland Competition Brian Cunningham. Brian felt that it was time for a new modern helpline to be set up and is delighted to announce that this will come to pass this year.