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# Mental Health

Last month
January 2023
Voices
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.
# Mental Health
'We're letting children drop off a cliff edge at age 18': Opposition hits out at CAMHS issues
Sinn Féin’s spokesperson for mental health said it is “downright scandalous” that some young people are not receiving follow-up care such as essential blood tests.
# camhs
IMO hits out at Donnelly's suggestion new consultant contract will bring 'consistency' to CAMHS
The Health Minister yesterday said the HSE is seeking to appoint a national clinical lead for youth mental health.
# camhs
Donnelly says recruitment of youth mental health director will bring 'consistency' to CAMHS
The Dáil is to discuss the findings on Thursday.
# camhs
Parent's frustration as boy lingers for over a year without mental health assessment 
Figures show admittance rates differing widely for CAMHS teams, ranging between 80% and 30% of children getting accepted.
A parent in Dublin told reporter Eoghan Dalton of the struggle to see her son be accepted for treatment in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
A damning report by the Mental Health Commission has noted how acceptance rates 'vary widely' depending on the region where a family is situated
"Deep frustration" has also been expressed by GPs at the "high level" of their vulnerable patients being declined by CAMHS
# Mental Health
CAMHS report raises serious concerns about children on medication not getting follow-up care
Some children and adolescents seeking mental health treatment are not getting appointments for up to two years, a new report has found.
Some children and adolescents seeking mental health treatment are not getting appointments for up to two years, Órla Ryan reports
In one catchment area, there were 140 "lost" cases where young people didn't receive follow-up care
Dr Susan Finnerty decided to produce an interim report due to "the serious concerns and consequent risks for some patients"
Report into Kerry CAMHS services 'shocking', says Taoiseach as nationwide audit ordered
# Mental Health
Jesse Lingard drank to ‘take pain away’ during last days at Man United
The England international made over 230 senior appearances for the Red Devils.
Voices
Opinion: Struggling to keep your New Year's Resolutions? It's all about short-term goals
Dr Emma Howard says it’s easy to set up ambitious resolutions but we won’t get far without short-term incentives.
# Mental Health
Children’s hospitals ‘seeing astronomical number of young people self-harming’
Dr Mary Cannon said there are only a ‘handful’ of adolescent inpatient mental health beds in Dublin, despite rising need.
Last year
2022
Voices
Therapist: Christmas can be tough - here's some strategies to help you mind yourself
Therapist Joe Heffernan has some tips for managing stress this holiday season.
# policing authority
Senior garda says garda stations are not places for mental health patients
Chief Superintendent Gerard Roche also said that new plans for removal of gardaí from mental health response requires proper resourcing.
# Mental Health
Online gambling causing surge of suicidal young men in A&E, NHS clinic says
Earlier this year the NHS stopped taking cash from the gambling industry for the treatment of people suffering addiction
# Samaritans
Samaritans received nearly 1,000 calls a day last year, with mental health the top concern
Its 24-hour helpline covers the island of Ireland and answered almost half a million calls and emails last year.
# nominees
The Journal and Noteworthy reporters nominated for Headline mental health media awards
The awards recognise Irish media professionals who are creating awareness and reducing stigma in mental health reporting.
# Portrane
Central Mental Hospital relocated to €200 million facility in north county Dublin
The new facility will expand to a 130 bed capacity next year, compared to the Dundrum site’s capacity of 96.
# lego
Experimental Lego cafe opens for adults in Dublin
Launched during World Mental Health Month, the cafe is a space where adults can experience all the mental health benefits that play can bring.
# pj gallagher
'I had people fighting for me': PJ Gallagher opens up about his experience with mental illness
The actor and comedian spent several months in hospital last year after experiencing debilitating anxiety.
# Mental Health
'Keyboard warriors have no understanding that what they say can affect somebody'
Jamie Hagan spoke with disarming honesty on The42 Rugby Weekly Extra podcast.
# Trauma
Mental Health Commission to ban mechanical restraints on children in inpatient centres
The practice involves handcuffs, or devices and garments that stop a person moving.
# mike ryan
Irish head of emergencies at WHO reveals he received death threats during pandemic
The Sligo-born doctor said that he may have post-traumatic stress disorder.
# cost of living crisis
Majority of young people considering moving abroad for better quality of life
Over eight in ten are also ‘fearful for the future’.
# Research
Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder 'may be detectable years before illnesses begin'
A new study led by UCD suggests the possibility of earlier intervention and even prevention of the illnesses.
# Mental Health
Down golfer Mehaffey taking 'time away to get the help I need'
The 24-year-old released a powerful statement this afternoon.
# callout
'To hear a child say they feel listened to is powerful': What it's like being a Childline volunteer
The service, run by the ISPCC, is looking for new volunteers.
# 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.
Voices
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’.
# HSE
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.
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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.
Voices
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.