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# Mental Health
Calls for use of 149-year-old 'lunatic' legislation in cases involving Wards of Court to end
14 NGOs have asked the government to commence the 2015 Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act.
Opinion: 'I tried to take my own life more than once and felt the compassion of staff begin to fade'
On World Suicide Prevention Day our reader details her struggles and experience of the Irish mental health services.
Living with an eating disorder: The last few months have brought unwelcome challenges
Ciara lives with an eating disorder. She says the health service is not fit for purpose when it comes to these illnesses.
# Schools
No clear start date for new guidance counsellors a 'travesty' for students
The government announced new 120 guidance counsellor posts last month to support students returning to school.
# long-term effects
Mental health impact of pandemic will be with us 'for a long time', experts warn
The Psychological Society of Ireland has said that young people are being badly affected by the pandemic.
# Your Say
Poll: Has the pandemic affected your mental health?
The Covid-19 pandemic has taken its toll on many people.
# Back To School
The mental health system is preparing for a 'tsunami' of cases from young people - staff are worried it can't cope
Long waiting lists and a disjointed system have already caused major issues.
Open Letter from Ireland's psychologists: 'Direct Provision is causing untold psychological harm'
“As a country we must do better,” according to about 150 signatories.
# pandemic
Working from home causes drop in many Irish employees' mental and physical health, survey finds
Alcohol consumption and back and neck problems are also on the rise.
My food addiction: How group therapy helped me overcome years of bingeing and purging
The following account is written by a member of Addictive Eaters Anonymous, who shares her experience of sobriety from addictive eating.
# Mental Health
ITV boss says broadcaster will not make a show like Jeremy Kyle again
The programme was axed last year after an outcry following the death of guest Steve Dymond.
# covid committee
'Surge in demand' for mental health services anticipated due to pandemic, committee warned
Two sittings took place today at 9am and 11.30am.
Have you hit lockdown fatigue? Two wellness practitioners have some advice for you
Wellness experts Margaret Young and Laura Linehan say many of us are experiencing lots of mixed emotions as we emerge from months of lockdown.
# Mental Health Commission
'Second-class citizens': Report finds significant issues in 'outdated' and 'dirty' mental health centres
The commission took 40 enforcement actions against 31 centres which were non-compliant last year.
# Childline
Childline contacts surge to over 70,000 during three months of Covid-19 restrictions
The number of contacts to doubled compared to the same period in 2019.
# concerned parents
70% of primary school parents concerned about impact of Covid-19 on children's mental health
A quarter of parents are either “very” or “extremely” concerned about their children’s mental health.
# pandemic
Over half of Irish people say they drink alcohol more frequently since Covid-19 restrictions brought in
The interim Global Drug Survey special edition on Covid-19 was published today.
# Mental Health
Young women in Ireland report being loneliest in EU, study finds
The findings were the first published from Eurofound’s living, working and Covid-19 online survey.
# Coronavirus
Covid-19: Concerns over testing in mental health facilities as new cases fall
There were 125 suspected or confirmed cases relating to residents and staff as of last Friday.
'We must now prepare for the mental health damage that Covid-19 will do'
Lisa Molloy, head of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, says the Government must not drop the ball on mental health.
# Pieta House
Government giving Pieta House an extra €114,608 a month after Covid payments end
The cash will be on top of the €2.03 million Pieta House already receives from the State
# Mental Health
Covid-19: UN warns fear, uncertainty and economic turmoil could have global psychological impact
The UN brief highlighted the mental strains on people fearing that they or loved ones will be infected or die.
# Coronavirus
'Dramatic increase' in admissions to Dublin mental health hospital in last month
Acute work-related stress has also seen a number of healthcare workers being admitted to Saint John Of God Hospital.
# Rotunda Hospital
Some new and expectant mothers finding Covid-19 crisis 'very challenging'
Up to one in five women experience mental health difficulties in pregnancy or after birth.
'We have a duty to our healthcare workers to mind them, while they mind us'
Ciara Wright of The Wellness Crew says burnout will be of concern for frontline workers in the coming months. She offers some help.
Charity says older people ringing its helpline 'becoming increasingly distressed by the impact of cocooning'
The majority of calls to Alone’s helpline last week related to social isolation and loneliness.
# Mental Health
Number of people accessing mental health supports dramatically increases
An extra €1.1 million is being made available.
Wine, exercise and online quiz nights: Taoiseach and ministers say how they're minding their mental health
Leo is missing the gym.
# Your Say
Poll: How are you coping during the Covid-19 crisis?
The current situation is very difficult for a lot of people.
# national study
Coronavirus: Two in three Irish people would accept vaccine for themselves or their children
The findings were made as part of a new study into how Ireland is coping with Covid-19.
# Lebanon
'I feel as though I am dead but in a living body': The mental health toll of life as a refugee
Syrian refugees in Lebanon have shared their experiences with
Opinion: Mental health and coronavirus: What lessons can Ireland learn from previous epidemics?
It is useful to draw some comparisons with the West African Ebola crisis before Covid-19, John Farrelly writes.
# Interview
'I basically ran away from my problems… I told people I had this great big coaching job in Spain'
David O’Connor on his journey back from the depths of depression.
# Concern
Isolated athletes especially prone to mental health risks, experts warn
The impact of the current pandemic is unprecedented, with sports stars sidelined worldwide.
# Covid-19
Simon Harris says everything cannot go ‘back to normal’ after Easter Sunday
The health minister also said he is concerned about the nation’s mental health.
# Coronavirus
'We have to live with anxiety': Written and published in 10 days, a new book wants to help people cope with our new reality
TCD professor Dr Brendan Kelly has written a book on protecting your mental health during Covid-19.
Wellness Wednesday: 'Keep it simple' during this Covid-19 isolation, says a psychotherapist
Embracing the simple things and going easy on ourselves will be key, writes Siobhán Murray.
# Mental Health
Trans people with gender-aligned passports and birth certificates less likely to feel suicidal, new research finds
More than 22,000 trans men and women were surveyed for the study.
# mind yourself
'We're all in this together': How to look after your wellbeing and those around you during the coronavirus outbreak
The HSE and WHO have issued mental health guidelines to help people manage the outbreak.
Opinion: Samaritans volunteers are a community of ordinary people who care deeply about others
A Samaritans volunteer details the daily dedication needed for such an important role.