May 15, 2009

Mental Health

Mental health of fathers has repercussions
Irish Times  (Tue, 12 May 2009)
That's men: Teenagers whose fathers are depressed are at a higher risk of going on to develop psychological problems, writes Padraig O'Morain
SOMETIMES ADVANCES have unexpected effects.

Cyber bullies make record numbers of children depressed
Evening Herald (Mon, 11 May 2009)
Cyber bullying is causing an unprecedented number of children to become depressed, a school principal has claimed. Dublin councillor, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, says that "more children are snowing signs of depression and other psychological problems arising from online bullying". The principal of The Harold School in Glasthule is concerned that the almost invisible form of bullying is creating invisible victims.

Mental Health Service

Mental health patients held in 'web of neglect'
Irish Independent (Fri, 15 May 2009)
Many long-term patients in grim psychiatric hospitals are being condemned to live "cold, empty, colourless lives", a damning report warned yesterday. They are "forgotten and neglected" and have been languishing in asylum-type buildings for so long they have developed "institutionalisation syndrome".

Report finds no single cause of Monageer family deaths
Irish Times (Tue, 12 May 2009)
A report into the deaths of a family of four in Monageer, Co Wexford, in 2007 has failed to find any single definite motive behind their deaths. The inquiry team said in its edited report published this afternoon that it believes a number of family, financial and personality-related factors contributed to the decision by Adrian (29) and Ciara Dunne (24) to end their lives and those of their children, five-year-old Leanne and three-year-old Shania.

Children admitted to adult mental health unit
Connaught Telegraph (Tue, 12 May 2009)
According to a spokesperson for HSE West, 14 children in 2007 arid five in 2008 were admitted to the unit. In a report by the Inspector for Mental Health Services, the unit was described as not suitable for children. There was no specific programme in place for children or adolescents.

Disability care standards will not be made statut
Irish Examiner(Tue, 12 May 2009)
New national residential disability care standards will not be given the full force of law because of a lack of funding, the Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Disability and Mental Health admitted yesterday.

HSE tussle with dept over €42m for mental health care
Irish Independent (Mon, 11 May 2009)
The HSE is pressing a Government department to get €42m, which was raised from the sale of psychiatric hospitals, released for badly-needed mental health facilities. But the Department of Finance is refusing to release the money, most of which has been sitting in the State coffers for the past three years. The failure to get the funds is holding up the development of a wide range of new mental health facilities around the country.

Families hit as hospital bus faces axe
Evening Herald (Sat, 9 May 2009)
One of Ireland's largest care providers for people with special needs will cut transport services to one of their hospitals to reduce costs in the crunch. St John of Gods has said that it is considering reductions right across the board, but transport is expected to be hit because it is costly. It is expected that hundreds of adults and children, with intellectual and physical dis- abilities, will no longer be taken by bus to and from the hospitals.


Suicide Prevention

Local centre participates in national conference on traveller suicide
Athlone Voice (Tue, 12 May 2009)
A local complementary therapeutic and training centre, Sangoma Therapies and Training, was one of the key organisations who took part in the first national conference on traveller suicide. Titled, "Travelling to Wellbeing", the conference, held in Croke Park recently, was hosted by Crosscare, the Catholic social care agency of the Dublin Archdiocese and organised in conjunction with the National Traveller Suicide Awareness Project, which is part of Crosscare's Traveller Inclusion programme.

Suicide leading cause of death in young
Irish Examiner (Mon, 11 May 2009)
Suicide is a major public health problem as it is the leading cause of death of young Irish adults, a national conference was told in Cork over the weekend. For the ninth consecutive year there were more suicide deaths than fatalities due to road accidents, the conference heard, and as Ireland has one of the highest rates of suicide in the world, counselling and psychotherapy.

20pc of children who self harm 'will do it again'
Evening Herald (Mon, 11 May 2009)
One in five children who deliberately harm themselves do so again despite medical intervention and 10pc of them do so repeatedly, according to new research by Irish medics. Parents who express concern about children self harming are often right and need to be listened to, the study stresses.