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# Mental Health

This week
17th September 2023 - 21st September 2023
Opinion: Ireland relies heavily on the community and voluntary sector - it is at breaking point
Ivan Cooper of The Wheel, which represents charities around the country says recruitment issues and funding cuts are pushing them to the limit.
Last week
10th September 2023 - 16th September 2023
My life with ADHD: 'I'm so grateful for the diagnosis, I now have a user guide to myself'
Louisa Ní Éideáin is a writer and performer – she outlines how her ADHD diagnosis changed how she sees herself in the world.
Education Minister pushes back against idea of 'Dublin allowance' for teachers
Minister Foley said the extra allowance given to teachers working in London has not solved the situation for teachers there.
This month
September 2023
Parenting: 'I've realised that to raise resilient kids I need to practice what I preach'
Margaret Lynch looked at the tricks for building resilience in her children and found that communication is key.
More homeless people in Irish psychiatric wards each year, despite admissions dropping overall
Homeless people are more likely to be admitted to psychiatric wards involuntarily, younger, for a shorter period of time, and for more severe conditions.
One in four primary school children report being cyber-bullied in the past year
Over a quarter (26%) of the 5,000 children surveyed had seen or experienced something online in the last year that “bothered” them.
Last month
August 2023
Stephen Donnelly: We need to get ‘very serious’ about smartphones in schools
The Health Minister said he would be in favour of an outright ban in both primary and secondary schools, but he added that a voluntary approach led by schools and parents might work best.
Child who was 'depressed anxious and suicidal' had to wait a year for mental health appointment
Nine individual reports into Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service were published today.
Therapist: It's been a summer of tragedy and loss for many young people
Monica Jackman says it’s been a tough summer for young people in this country with tragic losses – she has some gentle advice for anyone grieving.
Over 580 people with mental health difficulties supported with housing last year
Hail is calling on the Government to provide more sustainable funding for its tenancy sustainment services in the upcoming Budget.
Fears for future of CAMHS workforce as Trinity cancels 'important' specialist nursing course
A senior nurse working in eating disorder services said the course is of “significant importance if the Government is serious about reform in CAMHS”.
Opinion: Is it time to ban smart phones in schools?
Dr Catherine Conlon looks at the evidence and arguments for and against an outright ban of smartphones in schools.
Peter Flanagan: Curing my stage fright - with meditation, therapy and hypnosis
The comedian looks at his crushing stage fright over the years and the many ways he tackled it.
This year
Fiachna Ó Braonáin: Sinéad was a gifted, intelligent and sensitive soul - we will miss her
The Hothouse Flowers musician pays tribute to the singer who died this week.
Audit finds most CAMHS patients have not been over-prescribed medication
It also found that most patients (95%) had their medication prescribed by a consultant or in consultation with a consultant.
Therapist: Don't let the social media feed of others' perfect holidays get you down
Maxine Walsh addresses the pitfalls of doom-scrolling on social media, particularly at a time when summer adventures are everywhere.
Relationships: We say opposites attract but really they complement and complete one another
Richard Hogan shares an extract from his new book, ‘Home Is Where The Start Is’.
Prison committees flag serious concerns over inmate mental health
Reports describe severe and enduring mental health issues for many inmates, sometimes exacerbated by the risk of homelessness on release.
Some Irish prisoners facing waits of over two years to access mental health treatments
Last year, the average time on a waiting list for mental health supports in the Training Unit was close to 900 days.
Pilot scheme offering free counselling for primary school children to be rolled out in September
The first strand of the scheme will be rolled out in seven counties, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.
Opinion: The consumer-driven concept of self-love has little to do with real self-respect
Niamh Jimenez looks at the pressure on us to be externally perfect and suggests we should be looking a little deeper.
Opinion: Talking about mental health is fine but isn't it time we discussed mental illness?
CEO of Shine mental health charity Nicola Byrne says the more we discuss mental illness openly, the less stigma we will see.
No funding being provided this year for development of more HSE eating disorder services
A report by
Hayley Halpin
Sinn Féin’s Mark Ward said there is “a lack of ambition and political will to deliver services that are so badly needed in our health system”.
The HSE confirmed there is no additional funding to develop new eating disorder teams in this year's National Service Plan.
Ward has said "there cannot be another Budget Day with no additional spending on eating disorder services".
Slow rollout of eating disorder services 'destroying lives'
Opinion: Anxiety can impact both you and your child, but there are ways to get help
Bree O’Neill of the ISPCC discusses anxiety in children and the reasons behind it. She has some help on offer.
Parenting: 'Learning the art of resting was a gamechanger for me'
Mum Margaret Lynch outlines the importance of self-care for parents. She says ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’.
Almost 30% of children rate their mental health as 'not good' and need help to manage it
More than 4 in 10 children who availed of mental health services reported that it ‘did not deal with their problem or the cause of their difficulty’.
Teacher: My teenage students understand the difference between gender and sex
Eoghan Cleary says his students are well able to wrap their heads around gender identity issues.
Up to 70% of people in Irish prisons have mental health issues, says Prison Officers Association
An anti-torture committee has said it is concerned with the rising number of homeless persons with severe mental health problems in Irish prisons.
Happy Pear apologise for 'unqualified' remarks linking antibiotics to depression on podcast
The comments featured on a podcast and social media earlier this week.
Govt summer priorities: Renters' rights, safe access zones, vaping rules and late-night pubs
A new pension system and a ban on conversion therapy are other issues to be addressed.
Extract: 'I didn't see a future for myself then and never imagined I'd reach where I am today'
Instagram influencer Jennifer Carroll shares a chapter from her new book, ‘Jen’s Journey’.
Opinion: 'Having a therapist who understands your race, sexuality and gender is important'
Niamh Jimenez says there is a lack of diversity in the therapy setting and outlines why that matters.
'I found myself looking into the mirror... feeling like I was looking at someone else'
Former RTÉ pundit Brent Pope has opened up about his struggles with mental health.
‘I went up to training one Saturday morning and I just started roaring crying’
Peamount’s Avril Brierley on how cognitive behavioural therapy aided her as a footballer and person.
HSE chief concedes some children are still waiting too long to access mental health services
Last month’s interim report on CAMHS outlined a series of concerns on service provision.
ISPCC chief: The CAMHS report came as no surprise to anyone caring for children in turmoil
John Church says the recent CAMHS shows just how many young people in Ireland are suffering.
'We're letting children drop off a cliff edge at age 18': Opposition hits out at CAMHS issues
Sinn Féin’s spokesperson for mental health said it is “downright scandalous” that some young people are not receiving follow-up care such as essential blood tests.
IMO hits out at Donnelly's suggestion new consultant contract will bring 'consistency' to CAMHS
The Health Minister yesterday said the HSE is seeking to appoint a national clinical lead for youth mental health.
Donnelly says recruitment of youth mental health director will bring 'consistency' to CAMHS
The Dáil is to discuss the findings on Thursday.
Parent's frustration as boy lingers for over a year without mental health assessment 
Figures show admittance rates differing widely for CAMHS teams, ranging between 80% and 30% of children getting accepted.
A parent in Dublin told reporter Eoghan Dalton of the struggle to see her son be accepted for treatment in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
A damning report by the Mental Health Commission has noted how acceptance rates 'vary widely' depending on the region where a family is situated
"Deep frustration" has also been expressed by GPs at the "high level" of their vulnerable patients being declined by CAMHS