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# Psychiatric Care

Last month
August 2023
Closure of psychiatric unit in St James's Hospital labelled 'seriously concerning' by nurses
The unit equates to almost half of the available beds for the mental health services in St James’s Hospital.
This year
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.
Last year
Copenhagen shooting suspect remanded in custody for 24 days
The 22-year-old gunman was indicted for murder today.
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.
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.
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.
All time
Psychiatric nurses have commenced industrial action at Waterford University Hospital
Industrial action has also escalated in Kilkenny.
Six Irish children sent to psychiatric units abroad in last two years
Three children were last year placed at a facility in northern England that was the subject of a recent, highly-critical documentary concerning the standard of care delivered there.
Munich killer David Sonboly had "planned his attack for a year"
The 18-year-old had been the subject of bullying at school in 2012.
One out of every 113 people on the planet is displaced or a refugee
It’s World Refugee Day today. This is the first time the threshold of 60 million has been crossed.
One in three kids hospitalised with mental health issues treated in adult wards
The practice can be “very frightening” for young people, according to one expert.
Woman placed in male dormitory at psychiatric hospital
The breach in recommended practice took place at a hospital in Laois.
'Traumatised': Seventh nurse attacked by patient in Kerry psychiatric unit
Six other attacks on nurses took place in a ten-day period earlier this month.
Opinion: We are in the midst of a national crisis. How many more deaths before the government acts?
The recent story of two patients checking themselves out of psychiatric units days before taking their own lives is not a once-off.
Two patients leave psychiatric unit and take their own lives within days
It is believed that in both cases, the people signed themselves out of hospital.
TD slams 'chaotic' plan to move MORE patients into struggling psychiatric unit
Denis Naughten has demanded an immediate audit of staffing levels, saying it’s clear the current levels are inadequate.
HSE to meet with interest groups over 'mayhem' at Roscommon Hospital unit
Concerns have been raised about safety at the psychiatric care unit at the hospital following the recent death of a mother-of-two and a number of assaults on staff and patients.
Aaron McKenna: Waiting 25 hours to be taken to hospital? It’s quite normal
Those with mental health problems do not deserve the indignities they suffer – but they have always been the poor relation in our system.
Lack of information on mental health deaths 'extremely worrying'
The Government has no record of the number of people who have died by suicide having been in psychiatric units or hospitals immediately prior to their death.
Six teens 'injected with malaria' in Austrian psychiatric ward
The alleged victims claim they were deliberately given malaria while being treated psychiatrically at the ward in the 1960s.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the globe.
‘We branded people lunatics and locked them away’
Patients three to a bed and floors covered in faeces: the full horror of Ireland’s mental institutions is exposed by journalist Mary Raftery.
Children sent to adult psychiatric units - despite new legal ban
Documents obtained by the Medical Independent show five under-17s being admitted to wards, despite a legal ban.
100 teens placed in adult psychiatric wards this year
A day after it was revealed that a 14-year-old was placed in an adult mental health unit, the HSE confirms that teens have been frequently put in adult facilities this year because of a lack of juvenile places.
14-year-old placed in adult psychiatric unit
HSE defends “exceptional” case in Waterford but Psychiatric Nurses Association say two children a week are ending up in adult unit.
Mental health services in freefall
20% of psychiatric nurses have retired.