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# Mental Health

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# Aware
Volunteers needed for depression helpline amid high demand post-lockdowns
There is also an increase in calls from people affected by the cost-of-living crisis.
# Head first
Study launched into outdoor swimming as alternative to antidepressants
Ecotherapy – therapeutic intervention through nature – is known to boost people’s mood.
# Mental Health
Third of UK prisoners show symptoms of 'severe anxiety disorder' due to pandemic
Decreased visiting opportunities were a major issue for most respondents.
# Speaking out
Steven Reid: 'Really tough, you're talking about real severe anxiety, stress, panic attacks'
Reid departed his coaching role with Nottingham Forest earlier this month.
Opinion: Adults with ADHD are vulnerable to mental health challenges - they need support
Ken Kilbride says society needs to move change its thinking in relation to ADHD.
# inequality
Private mental health centres provide better care than HSE facilities, report finds
Inspectors highlighted multiple serious risks and poor environments across five HSE approved centres in Cork.
# Mental Health
Levels of depression almost doubled among young people during the pandemic
Widespread mental health issues, particularly among young women are of ‘significant concern’.
6% of eating disorder patients admitted to hospital have received specialist care since 2018
46 patients have received treatment in the dedicated eating disorder service at St Vincent’s University Hospital in the last five years.
# Mental Health
Traveller protest at Leinster House highlights crisis in mental health
Speakers told demonstrators they had been let down by promises made by successive governments.
Opinion: Proposed changes to the Mental Health Act must prioritise human rights
A group of academics and people with lived experience of treatment under the legislation advocate for a human rights based approach to treatment under proposed laws.
# Mental Health
'Filling a gap': Does Ireland rely too much on mental health charities?
What role do charities play in providing mental health supports in Ireland?
# Psychiatric Care
27 children and adolescents stayed in adult psychiatric units in 2021 despite CAMHS capacity
A HSE spokesperson said that in exceptional circumstances this may be in the best interest of the adolescent at that time.
# Eating Disorders
Staff vacancies behind the decision to close 11 beds at Dublin CAMHS unit
Taoiseach Micheál Martin says the situation at Linn Dara is regrettable.
# camhs
HSE confirms 11 bed closures at Dublin CAMHS unit
Sinn Féin’s Mental Health spokesperson says the closures “will create nothing short of a crisis for child and adolescent services in the Dublin region”.
# Mental Health
Progress made on eating disorder services 'somewhat slow', politicians to be told
Presentations of eating disorders in the health service have significantly increased over the last several years.
Psychiatrists: Changing the Mental Health Act will affect our ability to provide safe care
Dr Sarah Casey and Dr Aoife O’Callaghan say proposed changes to the MHA will hamper their ability to make quick decisions in cases of serious mental illness.
# darkness into light
Photos: Thousands of people across the country take part in Darkness Into Light
The event took place in-person for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began.
# govt to do list
Remote working, Garda body-cams, vape laws: Some of the Govt priorities for the coming months
Hate crime law, remote working and mental health reforms – just some of the priorities for the summer.
# Mental Health
'My son lost his smile': Families say South Kerry CAMHS compensation scheme must be non-adversarial
“There’s nothing really that can compensate for the last four years,” one father said.
# Mental Health
Ireland's first mother and baby mental health unit due to be developed by late 2024
Ireland currently has no facility like this for women experiencing severe mental health difficulties during pregnancy or after birth.
Opinion: Imagining better days in hopeless times - tips for managing the stress of the world
Clinical Psychologist Dr Trudy Meehan has some practical ways to help us cling to hope in dark times.
# The Lancet
Depression a 'neglected global health crisis' despite impacting one in 20 people each year - study
The study, commissioned by The Lancet, found that depression remains poorly recognised and misunderstood despite being a common condition.
# Health Crisis
HSE reports 'surge' in referrals to adult eating disorder services
Referrals to St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin increased by more than 120% last year.
# Penal Reform
Report claims pandemic ban on prison visits and lack of psychological supports impacting prisoner health
The annual Irish Penal Reform Trust’s progress in the penal system report was published today.
# camhs
'We're getting no support': Mother claims Midlands CAMHS has 'constantly' let her son down
A full audit into all CAMHS nationwide was announced last week following the publication of a “shocking” report into the South Kerry service.
She said her son has been prescribed the wrong medication "many times", his bloods have not been checked since last summer.
He has been admitted to A&E four times since November after saying he was going to take his own life.
It follows revelations contained in a report last week that 46 children suffered "significant harm" while attending the HSE-run South Kerry CAMHS.
# Mental Health
Kerry gardaí considering CAMHS report to see if there are 'grounds' for criminal investigation
The Taoiseach said earlier that the findings will be addressed in a “non-adversarial way”.
# Mental Health
'Beyond comprehension': HSE CEO apologises to families affected by damning CAMHS report
The report found 227 children were exposed to risk of harm due to the doctor’s diagnosis and treatment of them.
No psychiatrist in private practice available for children with ADHD amid surge in demand
ADHD Ireland said it is “drowning” in calls from people asking about assessments and services.
# camhs
HSE apologises to young people over 'care deficiencies' in Kerry mental health services
The executive will issue written apologies to around 250 families.
# Courts
Andrew McGinley launches legal action against HSE and facility where Deirdre Morley was treated
Papers were filed by solicitors for McGinley in the High Court yesterday.
# Mental Health
No evidence pandemic has caused increase in suicides despite 'persistent' online claims
Researchers say inaccurate claims about rising suicide rates can harm vulnerable people.
People opposed to Covid measures are using incomplete CSO figures to claim suicides are rising.
Restrictions on Coroners' Courts at the start of the pandemic meant the recorded number of suicides was artificially low.
Researchers say inaccurate claims about rising suicide rates can harm vulnerable people.
# INspections
Mental health services watchdog finds fire risks at Dublin and Limerick inpatient centres
One centre failed to improve its overall compliance over a five-year period.
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# Mental Health Services
Over 1,800 people restrained or secluded by mental health services in 2020
The Mental Health Commission has said that there is no therapeutic benefit to restraints.
# opening up
'Learning how to look after yourself mentally is a huge stepping stone'
Hannah Looney’s mental health journey can be an example to all GAA players.
# be kind to yourself
Christmas can be stressful - here are ways to mind your mental health during the festive period
It isn’t an easy time for everyone, so we’ve taken a look at how this Christmas can be better for everyone.
Opinion: It's important to prioritise your mental health this Christmas
Krystian Fikert says it’s important to take our time this Christmas and be kind to ourselves.
# Cork
Mental Health services watchdog identifies 'significant risks' at two Cork inpatient centres
The Mental Health Commission carried out inspections at the two facilities.
# Budget
€1.8 million in mental health funding allocated to low-emission vehicles for HSE community services
€7 million of a one-off €10 million fund has been earmarked for improving the experiences of people using mental health services.
A fifth of young men and a third of young women experiencing depression symptoms - Irish study
The ESRI study shows that 22% of men and 32% of women aged 20 scored highly for symptoms of depression.
# Mental Health
'I'm not afraid to say that I have been through bad days and I have contemplated suicide'
Bohemians and Ireland U21 player Ross Tierney on emerging from ‘a dark place’.