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# Mental Health

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# Mental Health
Minister to tell rank-and-file gardaí she will strengthen their mental health supports
Helen McEntee will address the annual delegate conference of the Garda Representative Association today.
# Awareness
'I had gotten to the stage where I was starting to think about making myself sick'
Former Dublin minor hurler Cormac Ryan will appear in a gripping documentary about eating disorders among men this week.
# Nursing Homes
Almost half of nursing home staff had symptoms of PTSD during the pandemic - study
Researchers found that one in seven staff reported thinking of ending their life.
Opinion: 'Covid left many feeling disregarded by society because they don’t live in a family unit'
Yvonne Barnes-Holmes says that the level of suffering created by a lack of social interaction is just beginning to emerge.
# Mental Health
Warning of ‘tsunami’ of mental health issues among children due to pandemic
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children said children will continue to face ‘acute’ mental health challenges related to Covid.
# Awareness
'There was no understanding of suicide' - Galway star recalls cousin's death in documentary
Former Galway hurler Niall Donohue took his own life in 2013.
# Owenacurra Centre
HSE has no 'specific plans' for site of Cork mental health care centre due to close next month
The Owenacurra Centre in Midleton, which houses 19 residents, is set to close in October.
Opinion: The mental health impacts of this pandemic are yet to be understood
Dr Stephen McWilliams says mental health difficulties should be taken into consideration as we emerge from the past 18 months of trauma.
# Mental Health
Isolation and loneliness among key concerns raised by callers to Samaritans last year
Samaritans Ireland’s 2020 report is launching today ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day.
# Cancelled
‘Hunted’ Jeremy Kyle diagnosed with anxiety disorder after show axed
The programme, which had been a regular fixture in the TV schedule since 2005, was pulled in 2019.
# Healthcare
One in four Irish people say their mental health declined during pandemic, survey shows
The RCSI survey found that one in five said their general health declined during this time.
# Mental Health
Call for urgent increase in mental health funding to tackle ‘perfect storm’
The Irish Hospital Consultants Association is calling for an immediate increase of 300 acute adult psychiatric inpatient beds.
# Comment
'What Simone Biles has done is say, 'No, you stand up for yourself and say I'm struggling''
Renowned Irish sports psychologist Enda McNutly this could lead to a major shift in how mental health matters are treated.
# tokyo 2020
Olympian Simone Biles praised for speaking openly on mental health struggles
The 24-year-old has withdrawn from tomorrow’s women’s all-around final.
# Abuse
'I'll no longer believe I'm a bad person' - Irish marathon runner Scullion explains Olympic U-turn in powerful statement
The 32-year-old had announced that he was withdrawing from the Tokyo Games over the weekend.
# Oireachtas Committee
'You feel you're not welcome in Ireland': TDs told of anti-Traveller 'hate speech' during Covid-19
Representatives of Pavee Point appeared before the Oireachtas today.
# Athletics
Irish marathon runner Scullion withdraws from Olympics to focus on mental health
The 32-year-old qualified for the Tokyo Games last year.
# Mental Health
'Significant jump' in number of applications made by gardaí to involuntarily detain patients
2020 figures show that, for the first time, the highest number of applications to involuntarily detain mental health patients came from gardaí.
# Mental Health
Major rise in mental health referrals and relapses during pandemic, psychiatrists say
The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland has published a survey on the impact of Covid-19 on mental health.
Opinion: Spare a thought for the victims of torture among us battling their trauma daily
On United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, John O’Donoghue of Spirasi discusses the impact torture can have on victims.
# Mental Health
97% of LGBTI+ youth are struggling with anxiety, stress or depression
Six in 10 people are struggling with suicide ideation and half are struggling with self-harm, according to a new survey.
# Dementia
Over half of family carers report a decline in mental health during pandemic
The new research published by the Alzheimer Society of Ireland say that it found family carers to be at “breaking point”.
# Mental Health
No inpatient bed for teen with 'significant and immediate' mental health concerns, court hears
The only bed available for him was in an emergency accommodation hostel for homeless children.
# Mental Health
'I was stuck in a room with no privacy': Fears that pandemic will have long-term impacts on disadvantaged young people
A new report from the Irish Youth Foundation has been published today.
# Treatment
'Role of family' in mental health patients' care to be considered in new legislation
The Department of Health is looking at the role of patients’ relatives in mental health treatment and care.
Covid-19 and restrictions have had 'devastating impact' on mental health of LGBTI+ young people in Ireland
A new report provides insight into what life is like for LGBTI+ young people.
# Clare Shine
‘I’m fortunate enough to have another opportunity at life. I will keep fighting’
As Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 comes to a close, Clare Shine opens up further on her ongoing battle.
# Mental Health
FactCheck: No, Darkness into Light is not cancelled, despite claims by anti-lockdown activists
The annual fundraiser by Pieta House is going ahead this weekend, despite anti-lockdown activists announcing an alternative event for that date.
# Mental Health
Psychiatrists say cannabis is 'gravest threat' to youth mental health
Hospital admissions of young people with a cannabis-related diagnosis increased by 300% between 2005 and 2017.
# Mental Health
Loophole means 'voluntary' mental health patients have diminished right to appeal detention
It’s been almost six years since reforms of the Ireland’s mental health laws were recommended.
# Mental Health
'I don't want to crowdfund for my life': Young woman with serious eating disorder appeals for in-patient treatment
The young woman’s story went viral recently on Twitter.
# Mental Health
Deaths by suicide did not increase internationally during the first wave of the pandemic
Flexible mental health supports, monitoring trends, and countering misinformation are of key importance, Ireland’s first professor of public mental health believes.
# Mental Health
Pandemic is driving 'unprecedented demand' for suicide prevention and mental health services
Ella Arensman has been appointed Ireland’s first Professor of Public Mental Health.
# Your Say
Poll: Has your mental health been affected during the current Covid-19 lockdown?
Many people have been affected by isolation and a lack of social interaction.
Opinion: It's OK to feel anger in this crisis, but there are healthy ways to manage it
Psychotherapist Peter Devers of Knock Counselling Centre says anger is one of the tricker emotions to navigate.
# opening up
'I had a panic attack on the pitch, but I didn't know what it was at the time'
DLR Waves star Katie Burdis delves deeper into her mental health struggles, and stresses the importance of speaking up.
# nui galway
People who had difficult childhood events may be struggling with mental health during pandemic, researchers say
A clinical psychologist at NUI Galway says self-compassion and hope are key to mental wellbeing amid Covid-19.
# Mental Health
Plans underway for Ireland's first mother and baby mental health unit, amid Covid-19 delays
New and expectant mothers with severe mental health issues are currently admitted to a general psychiatric ward.
# quarter glass of milk
'There’s a hope in me that nobody else will have to go through this'
‘The reality is I know people are going through this every day.’
Opinion: One year on, we're seeing the mental health impacts of this pandemic
Dr Niall Duffy and Dr Stephen McWilliams of St John of God say that many people referred to the hospital in the last year have not been helped by Covid stress.