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#Mental Health Services

From TheJournal.ie New 24-hour mental health information line launched to help people access services One-stop Shop

New 24-hour mental health information line launched to help people access services

The Your Mental Health information line can be reached on 1800 742 444.

From TheJournal.ie 'Patients will suffer': Psychiatric nurses' overtime ban reinstated after pay talks break down Mental Health Services

'Patients will suffer': Psychiatric nurses' overtime ban reinstated after pay talks break down

Fianna Fáil TD James Browne said the overtime ban will lead to service disruption and cancellations for patients.

From TheJournal.ie Psychiatric nurses begin overtime ban as Dáil hears they've been propping up services by working extra hours Mental Health Services

Psychiatric nurses begin overtime ban as Dáil hears they've been propping up services by working extra hours

As of 7am this morning, psychiatric nurses have not been carrying out work beyond their contracted hours.

From TheJournal.ie HSE spend on agency staff in mental health services rose €38m in last four years Mental Health Services

HSE spend on agency staff in mental health services rose €38m in last four years

Close to €13 million was spent in the first three months of this year on agency staff.

From TheJournal.ie 'I stopped eating for days at a time, having no appetite or will to carry on and live' Mental Health Services

'I stopped eating for days at a time, having no appetite or will to carry on and live'

“There are plenty of people in the same situation as me. Many are even worse off. Don’t we deserve the chance to get better?”

From TheJournal.ie Just 230 out of 750 mental health posts approved since 2015 have been filled Assessment

Just 230 out of 750 mental health posts approved since 2015 have been filled

Some €70 million in funding was announced over 2015-2016.

From TheJournal.ie Child waiting over 3 years for mental health assessment, Taoiseach told Mental Health Services

Child waiting over 3 years for mental health assessment, Taoiseach told

There are 6,000 children waiting for primary care psychology appointments, the Dáil was told today.

From TheJournal.ie 'No one should suffer alone, suicide is a community issue and everyone's business' Take Action

'No one should suffer alone, suicide is a community issue and everyone's business'

It’s World Suicide Prevention Day today. Here’s what events are happening to mark it.

From TheJournal.ie Roscommon mental health services failed to report risk of 'inappropriate sexual behaviour' Failings

Roscommon mental health services failed to report risk of 'inappropriate sexual behaviour'

A report was was commissioned into the services after allegations of sexual exploitation at one of its facilities.

From TheJournal.ie 'The government have put their funding into mental health campaigns rather than services' Opinion

'The government have put their funding into mental health campaigns rather than services'

If we’re going to ask people to talk up, then we must have people to listen, writes Una Power.

From TheJournal.ie 'My son wants to be dead. He is ten years of age' Mental Health

'My son wants to be dead. He is ten years of age'

An emotive letter from a concerned mother was read in the Dail today by Independent TD Mick Wallace.

From TheJournal.ie Depression, bipolar and borderline personality disorder: A long road to diagnosis Mental Health

Depression, bipolar and borderline personality disorder: A long road to diagnosis

TheJournal.ie speaks to three young people living with mental health conditions.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Did only 10 TDs really show up to debate mental health last night? Factcheck

FactCheck: Did only 10 TDs really show up to debate mental health last night?

TheJournal.ie’s FactCheck does a double take on some claims that went viral last night.

From TheJournal.ie Report that mental health funding to be diverted to "more politically sensitive" areas condemned Diversionary Tactic

Report that mental health funding to be diverted to "more politically sensitive" areas condemned

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland and Mental Health Reform have expressed their “dismay”.

From TheJournal.ie 13 people using mental health services in Carlow, Kilkenny and Tipperary took their own lives Self Harm

13 people using mental health services in Carlow, Kilkenny and Tipperary took their own lives

The state’s mental health watchdog has found training for mental health service providers was inadequate.

From TheJournal.ie Get treated anywhere in the EU and the HSE can pick up the bill GP Care

Get treated anywhere in the EU and the HSE can pick up the bill

There has been an office in place to administer the Cross-Border Healthcare Directive since February.

From TheJournal.ie Mental health facility still unsuitable after €1.2 million refurbishment Mental Health Services

Mental health facility still unsuitable after €1.2 million refurbishment

An area of University Hospital Waterford was found to have “no seating area, no dining facility and no walkabout space”.

From TheJournal.ie Kathleen Lynch: 'I've visited mental health centres, there are very few issues' Funding

Kathleen Lynch: 'I've visited mental health centres, there are very few issues'

The Mental Health Minister said occasionally wards would be full when beds were free.

From TheJournal.ie Investigation finds child was left in an adult psychiatric ward for weeks Mental Health

Investigation finds child was left in an adult psychiatric ward for weeks

There was a vacancy in a children’s ward, but staff were unaware of it.

From TheJournal.ie 'Upbeat' radio station aims to start positive conversation about mental health Listen Up

'Upbeat' radio station aims to start positive conversation about mental health

The pop-up radio station is live all this week.

From TheJournal.ie Why were 75% of unexplained deaths in mental health services not reported correctly? Causes

Why were 75% of unexplained deaths in mental health services not reported correctly?

A previous report found that 25% of deaths had not been reported correctly.

From TheJournal.ie Mental health services still show signs of 'institutional care' Vision For Change

Mental health services still show signs of 'institutional care'

The Inspectorate of Mental Health Services found some of the hostels “too big”.

From TheJournal.ie Trial sees volunteers befriend mental health service users Outreach

Trial sees volunteers befriend mental health service users

A controlled trial saw that a small investment led to big benefits for building confidence and reducing isolation.

From TheJournal.ie Discrimination experienced by 79 per cent of people with depression Discrimination

Discrimination experienced by 79 per cent of people with depression

The survey showed 34 per cent believe they had been avoided or shunned because of their mental health problems.

From TheJournal.ie Unemployed "two or three times more likely" to die by suicide - TD Mental Health

Unemployed "two or three times more likely" to die by suicide - TD

Suicidology organisation’s president and TD does concede that high rate of suicide among unemployed linked to those with psychiatric illness being less likely to have a job.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Mentally ill patients don’t deserve to be locked up Opinion

Column: Mentally ill patients don’t deserve to be locked up

Locking people alone in rooms isn’t a treatment for mental illness – so why are we still doing it, asks Orla Barry of Mental Health Reform.

From TheJournal.ie HSE's €103m budget overrun Health Fail

HSE's €103m budget overrun

Highest portion budget deficit recorded at HSE West.

THE PSYCHIATRIC NURSES’ ASSOCIATION (PNA) claims that mental health services in Ireland are in ‘freefall’ with 20% of nurses retiring from the HSE over the past two years.

The association says that almost 600 nurses retires last year many due to stress and assaults from patients. The association also says that a further 250 are set to retire next year.

PNA General Secretary Des Kavanagh said that levels of violence are unprecedented. ‘Bouncers’ and security firms were being hired to provide ‘secure care’ due to the lack of nurse.

Kavanagh told RTE that gardaí in riot year were called to a number of hospitals last year. Only last week he said a patient in Tallaght set fire to the unit, another patient broke through the ceiling in a unit and wrapped himself in electrical wire.

Kavangh said there are now a large number of vacancies in the HSE. Kavanagh said that an exemption in the recruitment moratorium in the HSE only allows for 100 new nurses to be hired despite the large exodus.