November 7, 2008

Mental Health

A 'vision for change ' in planning dementia care
Forum (Thu, 6 Nov 2008)
Marion Kilcoyne looks at a new instrument for developing person-centred care in dementia "Mental healthcare does not rely on high-tech equipment and more than any other specialty it relies on human beings and the establishment of a therapeutic relationship

Mental Illness

Mothers with mental illness history 'more likely to have stillborn babies'
Sunday Business Post (Sun, 9 Nov 2008)
Women with a history of serious mental illness are more likely to have babies that are stillborn or die within the first month of life, according to research published today.

Elan enter partnership to commercialise new drug
Athlone Voice (Tue, 11 Nov 2008)
ELAN, Ireland's largest pharmaceutical company, announced last night that it had signed an agreement with fellow drug development company, Azur Pharma Limited to commercialise once-daily formulations of Clozapine using Elan's drug delivery technologies. Clozapine is a drug currently marketed for the management of severely ill schizophrenic patients.

Mental Health Service

Psychiatric hospital for teens to open
Evening Echo (Thu, 6 Nov 2008)
The first facility in Cork to provide in-patient beds for teens with psychiatric disorders will be completed next month. According to the Health Service Executive (HSE), the recruitment process for specialist staff is underway and a number of the staffing complements have already been identified for an eight-bed, adolescent psychiatric unit, which will be fully commissioned by the end of December at St Stephen's Hospital in Glanmire.

Hospital nears end as old ward closes
The Kingdom (Fri, 7 Nov 2008)
A MAJOR move towards the planned permanent closure of St Finan’s Hospital in Killarney took a major step forward this week with the shutdown of one of its wards. Our Lady’s psycho-geriatric ward has been closed this week, with the transfer of the remaining five patients to another part of the hospital. The HSE South said that it was in line with the 2006 national mental health strategy 2006 Vision for Change.

MASER PAINTS wall to support mental health group, HeadsUp (Mon, 10 Nov 2008)
Dublin's own graffiti artist, Maser, has marked the launch of the new website for HeadsUp Rehab, a mental health promotion programme, with a specially-commissioned graffiti wall.

CMH plans may be 'shelved'
IMT  (Mon, 10 Nov 2008)
Plans to locate the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) at the Thornton Hall prison site may now be shelved, as the Government seeks cash guarantees from the consortium selected to build the prison.

Prison system criticised as mentally ill prisoner stages dirty protest
Irish Examiner (Thu, 13 Nov 2008)
The Irish Prison Service (IPS) has confirmed that a prisoner with a psychiatric illness is conducting a dirty protest in Cork Prison, which is operating in excess of its capacity. A spokesperson for the IPS said the man was being monitored and that all medical services available to the wider community were available to prisoners.

Suicide Prevention

New suicice crisis programme reaches out
Forum (Thu, 6 Nov 2008)
The 2005 Reach Out document identified that links between primary care services and mental health services must be improved, and more specifically to: "develop a fast track priority referral system from primary care to community-based mental health services for individuals experiencing a suicidal crisis who contact primary care services". As a result of the above recommendation, the National Office for Suicide Prevention, in collaboration with the Cluain Mhuire Service, developed a pilot Suicide Crisis Assessment Nurse (SCAN), with the aim of providing a rapid referral service for GPs to utilise when presented with a client in a suicidal crisis.

Evening Herald (Fri, 7 Nov 2008)
Leinster and Ireland international rugby player Shane Morgan has gladly accepted the request from SOSAD Ireland to become its new patron, and says he is ready to tackle the issues surrounding suicide in Ireland.