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#Mental Health

From TheJournal.ie FactFind: Were self-harm and suicide statistics measured during the pandemic? Factfind

FactFind: Were self-harm and suicide statistics measured during the pandemic?

A TD said on RTÉ Radio One at the weekend: “We have stopped measuring suicide and self-harm in this country.”

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: We must mind our mental health as Level 5 brings a forced introspection Covid-19

Opinion: We must mind our mental health as Level 5 brings a forced introspection

Author and advocate Cathal O’Reilly has struggled with his own mental health in the past. He shares his thoughts on Level 5 and how to handle it.

From TheJournal.ie Covid-19 pandemic causing major disruptions to critical mental health services, WHO finds Coronavirus

Covid-19 pandemic causing major disruptions to critical mental health services, WHO finds

The HSE’s winter plan has been criticised for not allocating enough funding towards mental health.

From TheJournal.ie Budget must show 'renewed commitment to mental health', says Hourigan Green Party Convention

Budget must show 'renewed commitment to mental health', says Hourigan

The Green Party is holding its convention online this weekend.

From TheJournal.ie 'People are devastated': St John of God to hand over services to HSE due to 'underfunding crisis' Mental Health

'People are devastated': St John of God to hand over services to HSE due to 'underfunding crisis'

SJOG currently provides intellectual disability and mental health services to over 8,000 people.

From TheJournal.ie 'I've never felt so low in my life': Jedward speak about impact of pandemic on mental health Misinformation This post contains videos

'I've never felt so low in my life': Jedward speak about impact of pandemic on mental health

The twins also hit out at conspiracy theorists and people who refuse to wear face masks.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Has your mental health been affected since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Has your mental health been affected since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic?

Many people have been affected by job losses, isolation and a lack of social interaction in recent months.

From TheJournal.ie Anxiety and psychological distress: 50% increase in demand for youth mental health services last month Jigsaw

Anxiety and psychological distress: 50% increase in demand for youth mental health services last month

This surge in requests for help is the latest in the mental health crisis caused by restrictions and the Covid-19 pandemic.

From TheJournal.ie Calls for use of 149-year-old 'lunatic' legislation in cases involving Wards of Court to end 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.

From TheJournal.ie Living with an eating disorder: The last few months have brought unwelcome challenges Opinion

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.

From TheJournal.ie No clear start date for new guidance counsellors a 'travesty' for students 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.

From TheJournal.ie Mental health impact of pandemic will be with us 'for a long time', experts warn 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.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Has the pandemic affected your mental health? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Has the pandemic affected your mental health?

The Covid-19 pandemic has taken its toll on many people.

From TheJournal.ie The mental health system is preparing for a 'tsunami' of cases from young people - staff are worried it can't cope 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.

From TheJournal.ie Open Letter from Ireland's psychologists: 'Direct Provision is causing untold psychological harm' Open Letter

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.

From TheJournal.ie Working from home causes drop in many Irish employees' mental and physical health, survey finds 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.

From TheJournal.ie My food addiction: How group therapy helped me overcome years of bingeing and purging Addiction

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.

From TheJournal.ie ITV boss says broadcaster will not make a show like Jeremy Kyle again 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.

From TheJournal.ie 'Surge in demand' for mental health services anticipated due to pandemic, committee warned 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.

From TheJournal.ie Have you hit lockdown fatigue? Two wellness practitioners have some advice for you Wellness Wednesday

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.

From TheJournal.ie 'Second-class citizens': Report finds significant issues in 'outdated' and 'dirty' mental health centres 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.

From TheJournal.ie Childline contacts surge to over 70,000 during three months of Covid-19 restrictions Childline

Childline contacts surge to over 70,000 during three months of Covid-19 restrictions

The number of contacts to Childline.ie doubled compared to the same period in 2019.

From TheJournal.ie 70% of primary school parents concerned about impact of Covid-19 on children's mental health 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.

From TheJournal.ie Over half of Irish people say they drink alcohol more frequently since Covid-19 restrictions brought in 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.

From TheJournal.ie Young women in Ireland report being loneliest in EU, study finds 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.

From TheJournal.ie Covid-19: Concerns over testing in mental health facilities as new cases fall 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.

From TheJournal.ie 'We must now prepare for the mental health damage that Covid-19 will do' Coronavirus

'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.

From TheJournal.ie Government giving Pieta House an extra €114,608 a month after Covid payments end 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

From TheJournal.ie Covid-19: UN warns fear, uncertainty and economic turmoil could have global psychological impact 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.

From TheJournal.ie 'Dramatic increase' in admissions to Dublin mental health hospital in last month 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.

From TheJournal.ie Some new and expectant mothers finding Covid-19 crisis 'very challenging' 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.

From TheJournal.ie 'We have a duty to our healthcare workers to mind them, while they mind us' Opinion

'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.

From TheJournal.ie Charity says older people ringing its helpline 'becoming increasingly distressed by the impact of cocooning' ALONE

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.

From TheJournal.ie Number of people accessing mental health supports dramatically increases Mental Health

Number of people accessing mental health supports dramatically increases

An extra €1.1 million is being made available.

From TheJournal.ie Wine, exercise and online quiz nights: Taoiseach and ministers say how they're minding their mental health WELL-BEING
From TheJournal.ie Poll: How are you coping during the Covid-19 crisis? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: How are you coping during the Covid-19 crisis?

The current situation is very difficult for a lot of people.

From TheJournal.ie Coronavirus: Two in three Irish people would accept vaccine for themselves or their children 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.

From TheJournal.ie 'I feel as though I am dead but in a living body': The mental health toll of life as a refugee 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 TheJournal.ie.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Mental health and coronavirus: What lessons can Ireland learn from previous epidemics? Coronavirus

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.

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