August 13, 2010

Mental Health

Sunday World (Sun, 8 Aug 2010)
New research reveals that the majority of men under the age of 25 are embarrassed to discuss depression. This research has charted attitudes and perceptions of depression and anxiety in Ireland to see how they affect both those living with these conditions and their friends and family. The research found that two thirds of all men are embarrassed to talk about depression

Officials invited to discuss welfare of asylum seekers
Irish Times (Thu, 12 August 2010)
The Oireachtas health committee will invite officials at the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) to a hearing next month to address concerns over the welfare of asylum seekers at State centres.

Mental Health Service

Nurses claim mental health services are in 'free fall'
Irish Times (Thurs, 12 Aug 2010)
The Psychiatric Nurses Association have said that mental health services are in “free fall” at a time when the demand for services was never greater. In a report prepared for the HSE and the Minister for Health, the union says this is because of the huge numbers of psychiatric nurses retiring who are not being replaced due to the moratorium on recruitment and due to the small proportion of the health budget being spent on mental health in Ireland.

Hospitals call in riot squads for psychiatric ward violence
Irish Independent (Thurs, 12 Aug 2010)
Gardai wearing riot gear are being drafted in to deal with an upsurge of violence in our psychiatric hospitals. In a disturbing new report by the Psychiatric Nurses association, they claim that their ability to respond to the needs of their patients is being undermined by the public sector recruitment freeze. Hundreds of psychiatric nurses have been forced to retire because of growing violence, stress and staff cuts.

Eve to receive Government funding boost
Fingal Independent (Tue, 10 Aug 2010)
Minister of State with Responsibility for Disability and Mental Health, John Moloney TD informed Deputy Kennedy that Eve limited, who have an office in Swords is to receive €194,000 to support their work. Eve Limited support those with mental health difficulties with training pro- grammes, occupational services and a clubhouse.

Mental Illness

Coping with the trauma of schizophrenia in the family
Irish Times (Tue, 10 August 2010)
When a loved one’s mental wellbeing breaks down, families suffer hugely often before diagnosis, writes MICHELLE McDONAGH .