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Tuesday 30 May 2023 Dublin: 16°C

# Mental Health Commission

This year
# 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
# camhs
HSE carrying out review of children in CAMHS services who did not receive follow-up care
A damning interim report auditing children’s mental health services was published today.
# 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
Last year
# Mental Health Commission
Mental Health Commission unhappy it can't 'vindicate rights' of Owenacurra residents as it would like to
The commission refused to state their stance on the closure when questioned by multiple TDs.
# INspections
Mental health services watchdog finds fire risks at Dublin and Limerick inpatient centres
One centre failed to improve its overall compliance over a five-year period.
All time
# Mental Health Services
Over 1,800 people restrained or secluded by mental health services in 2020
The Mental Health Commission has said that there is no therapeutic benefit to restraints.
# Cork
Mental Health services watchdog identifies 'significant risks' at two Cork inpatient centres
The Mental Health Commission carried out inspections at the two facilities.
# Owenacurra Centre
HSE has no 'specific plans' for site of Cork mental health care centre due to close next month
The Owenacurra Centre in Midleton, which houses 19 residents, is set to close in October.
# Mental Health
'Significant jump' in number of applications made by gardaí to involuntarily detain patients
2020 figures show that, for the first time, the highest number of applications to involuntarily detain mental health patients came from gardaí.
# Mental Health
Over 1,700 people restrained or secluded in mental health services in Ireland last year
“The fact that we are still using handcuffs to restrain people sends out all the wrong messages,” according to the Mental Health Commission.
# INspections
Sensitive patient records were left exposed on wards at mental health facility in Dublin, report finds
Two residents’ clinical files were left on the nurses’ station unattended and a filing cabinet was left unlocked.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# Vision for Change
Concerns raised for patients due to ‘total absence’ of community mental health services
The absence of supports such as psychiatric intensive care units is impeding access to acute mental health beds, a new report has found.
# inspection
Dublin mental health centre issued with 'critical' risk rating by watchdog
The Jonathan Swift Clinic in Dublin was criticised by the Mental Health Commission.
# Mental Health
Patients sleeping on floor of Waterford psychiatric unit described as 'shocking'
A HSE official has said the situation in Waterford cannot be defended.
# Mental Health Commission
'Unacceptable': Mental health centres providing care for vulnerable people allowed to operate without regulations
The Mental Health Commission found there were continuing breaches of human rights in many centres.
# Human Rights
Inspection of mental health residences describes 'bare, musty' bedrooms
An inspection of 52 of these 24-hour staffed residences found 43% did not provide single room accommodation for all residents.
# Mental Health Commission
Solicitor tells High Court she was discriminated against because she is 'a woman and a black African'
The solicitor was asked about her qualifications and training while representing a patient at a Mental Health tribunal.
# Mental Health Commission
Physical restraint and seclusion used in 79% of in-patient mental health services
This is according to the Mental Health Commission who are calling for a reduction in the use of restrictive practices
# Mental Health
Clinical file of patient 'observed unattended at desk' in psychiatric ward
The details were contained in a report released by the Mental Health Commission this week.
# call for reform
'Major changes' needed as 82 children admitted to adult mental health units
The Mental Health Commission has said services in Ireland are “unsafe and substandard”.
# INspections
No door locks and 'risk of abuse': Serious concerns with many 24-hour mental health homes
Residents were unable to lock their bedroom doors in 77% of the 43 inspections.
# Mental Health
Litter, cigarette butts and cut hair observed on the floor of adult psychiatric unit
The review of the Jonathan Swift Clinic found a number of failings.
# Anorexia
Eating disorder centre criticised for not having a psychiatric nurse on duty at all times
The facility was criticised for having no input from a medical specialist or medical facility.
# Mental Health Commission
'It's totally unacceptable': 44 children admitted to adult mental health units so far this year
The Mental Health Commission released its annual report today.
# Overcrowding
Patients placed on chairs and beds in corridors of Waterford psychiatric unit
A 16-year-old patient spent the night in a chair at the adult psychiatric unit last week.
# Mental Health Commission
Residents' privacy not respected by staff at Waterford hospital
The hospital’s Department of Psychiatry was also found to have ‘inadequate’ recreational activities for residents.
# Portlaoise
Mental health: 'Shocking' report finds patients secluded for two days at a time
Seclusion is a standard practice in mental health treatments, but should be used “as a last resort only”.
# Mental Health Commission
'Worrying' jump in electroshock without consent and with physical restraint of mental health patients
Seclusion increased for the first time in six years, while the use of physical restraint increased by 8% in 2013 compared to 2012.
# Psychiatric Unit
'Lax' response by Cavan hospital to electro-shock blunder
An inspection found a patient was not given the proper muscle relaxant before being shocked.
# Mental Health
Woman placed in male dormitory at psychiatric hospital
The breach in recommended practice took place at a hospital in Laois.
# 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.
# Mental Health
More than a dozen children admitted as involuntary patients in 2013
There were 1,591 adult involuntary admissions last year and 541 regrades of patients.
Clinicians brand mental health report as 'damning indictment' of minister's work
The Psychiatric Nurses Association say that the government’s roadmap for improvements in the sector needs to be overhauled.
# Annual Report
Almost half of all mental health care centres still use physical restraint
One in 5 children admitted to care centres are being sent to ‘inappropriate’ adult units.
# Mental Health
TD says sending children to adult psychiatric units is 'inhumane'
A new report has found that 83 children were put into adult psychiatric units last year, despite guidelines forbidding this practice.
# Care
Unsuitable treatment for children in mental health units
The structure of one ward was described as “not suitable for residents”.