May 16, 2008

Mental Health

Upset men more likely to drink
Irish Health (Mon, 12 May 2008)
When men become upset, they are more likely to want alcohol compared to women, the results of a new study indicate. When it comes to stress-related psychological disorders, it is already known that women tend to have greater rates of depression and certain types of anxiety, while men tend to have greater rates of alcohol-use disorders.


 Mental Health Service

Psychiatric nurses unions to consider LRC proposals
Irish Times Subscription (Thu, 15 May 2008)
“Significant progress" has been reported by unions representing psychiatric nurses regarding new Labour Relations Commission proposals to resolve the dispute over the compensation scheme for staff assaulted at work. Last night, SIPTU and the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) said the proposals included "substantial increases in the financial compensation available to nurses injured at work, and the list of injuries for which compensation could be claimed has been increased from 13 to 52".


Mental health funds spent on other areas
Irish Examiner (Mon, 12 May 2008)
Additional funding to implement Government recommendations on mental health is to be withheld until the HSE and the Health Department uncover why €24 million allocated to the area was spent elsewhere. Minister for Health Mary Harney said the spending of money allocated for implementing aspects of Vision for Change in other areas "should not have happened", but said the system would need to be tightened before similar allocations could be made in future.


Children still being admitted to adult units
Irish Medical Times (Sat, 10 May 2008)
Dozens of mentally-ill children are still being admitted to adult psychiatric units, according to the latest figures available. Statistics from the Mental Health Commission show that 92 children were admitted to psychiatric centres from the beginning of January until the end of March this year. Of these, 59 were admissions to adult units while the other 33 were to child units. The figures show a consistent pattern so far this year with 22 children admitted to adult units in January, 17 in February, and 20 in March.




Depression – difficult to discuss
Irish Health (Mon, 12 May 2008)
Nearly two-thirds of people believe that depression is a difficult problem to talk to their doctor about, according to a new survey.  The most common symptoms among those with personal experience of depression are frequent thoughts of death or suicide, low self-esteem and sleep disturbance, the survey also found.