April 5, 2012

Mental Health Service
Under 5% of mental health facilities comply with all regulations
Irish Examiner, Page 6, 05-Apr-2012
Just three of the 64 in-patient mental health facilities — less than 5% — in the country are fully compliant with all regulations, according to a report from the mental health watchdog.
Report shows 132 children sent to adult mental wards last year
Irish Independent, Page 4, 05-Apr-2012
Nearly one-third of children who needed to be admitted to a mental health facility had to be placed in an adult psychiatric hospital last year, a new report revealed yesterday. Despite the opening of more beds that are tailored to youngsters, 132 children were in adult units, the annual report of the Mental Health Commission said.
Detention of children at St Pat's to end
Irish Examiner, Page 32, 03-Apr-2012
The long-criticised practice of detaining children at St Patricks Institution will end within two years, beginning with 16-year-olds who will no longer be kept there from May 1. Frances Fitzgerald, the children's minister, said capital funding of €50m would be available to provide new facilities over the next two years at Oberstown children's detention campus to accommodate all children detained by the courts.
Health Matters, Page 70, 30-Mar-2012
A new acute psychiatric Inpatient facility at Beaumont Hospital will provide consultant-led, multidisciplinary acute inpatient mental health care for adults and the elderly. On completion it will be managed by North Dublin Mental Health Services and will replace services historically provided in St Ita's Hospital, Portrane. The facility will comprise of 44 beds, all single room accommodation.
Health Matters (Friday, 30 March 2012)
An exciting and innovative mental health recovery profiling tool is being developed by EVE, a programme within the HSE which provides community-based supports for people experiencing mental health difficulties in Dublin, Kildare and north Wicklow.
Suicide Prevention

My darling son killed himself at 15 – then my heartbroken husband did the same
Irish Independent, Page 22, 04-Apr-2012
Although 19 years have passed since homosexuality was decriminalised in Ireland, being gay and young can still have tragic consequences today. Research has shown that a shocking one-in-five young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Irish people attempt suicide, many as a result of homophobic bullying.
Some coroners cases of suicide'
Sunday Independent (Sunday, 01 April 2012
Some coroners are deliberately under-reporting suicide with others openly admitting they rarely record suicide verdicts because of the stigma still surrounding such deaths, a Sunday Independent investigation can reveal.
Minister praises suicide prevention guide
Evening Echo, Page 5, 31-Mar-2012
Minister Kathleen Lynch has launched three new initiatives to help combat suicide. The initiatives include a handbook on Suicide Prevention in the Community;
New national quality standards for suicide bereavement services; and a mental health promotion training programme for staff caring for the elderly.