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#Psychiatric Care

From TheJournal.ie Psychiatric nurses have commenced industrial action at Waterford University Hospital Psychiatric Care

Psychiatric nurses have commenced industrial action at Waterford University Hospital

Industrial action has also escalated in Kilkenny.

From TheJournal.ie Six Irish children sent to psychiatric units abroad in last two years Tusla

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.

From TheJournal.ie Munich killer David Sonboly had "planned his attack for a year" Munich

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.

From TheJournal.ie One out of every 113 people on the planet is displaced or a refugee Record Figures

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.

From TheJournal.ie One in three kids hospitalised with mental health issues treated in adult wards Psychiatric Care

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.

From TheJournal.ie Woman placed in male dormitory at psychiatric hospital Mental Health

Woman placed in male dormitory at psychiatric hospital

The breach in recommended practice took place at a hospital in Laois.

From TheJournal.ie 'Traumatised': Seventh nurse attacked by patient in Kerry psychiatric unit Staff Shortage

'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.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: We are in the midst of a national crisis. How many more deaths before the government acts? Mental Health

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.

From TheJournal.ie Two patients leave psychiatric unit and take their own lives within days Psychiatric Services

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.

From TheJournal.ie TD slams 'chaotic' plan to move MORE patients into struggling psychiatric unit Psychiatric Care

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.

From TheJournal.ie HSE to meet with interest groups over 'mayhem' at Roscommon Hospital unit Psychiatric Care

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.

From TheJournal.ie Aaron McKenna: Waiting 25 hours to be taken to hospital? It’s quite normal Opinion

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.

From TheJournal.ie Lack of information on mental health deaths 'extremely worrying' Mental Health

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.

From TheJournal.ie Six teens 'injected with malaria' in Austrian psychiatric ward Psychiatric Care

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.

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The very best of the week’s writing from around the globe.

From TheJournal.ie ‘We branded people lunatics and locked them away’ Mental Illness

‘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.

From TheJournal.ie Children sent to adult psychiatric units - despite new legal ban Mental Health

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.

From TheJournal.ie 100 teens placed in adult psychiatric wards this year Health Crisis

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.

From TheJournal.ie 14-year-old placed in adult psychiatric unit Health Crisis

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.

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.