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#Mental Health Services

# mental-health-services - Thursday 10 September, 2020

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.

# mental-health-services - Sunday 13 October, 2019

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.

# mental-health-services - Tuesday 23 July, 2019

'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.

# mental-health-services - Thursday 11 July, 2019

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.

# mental-health-services - Sunday 30 September, 2018

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.

# mental-health-services - Friday 27 July, 2018

'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?”

# mental-health-services - Saturday 30 September, 2017

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

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

# mental-health-services - Wednesday 27 September, 2017

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.

# mental-health-services - Sunday 10 September, 2017

'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.

# mental-health-services - Tuesday 5 September, 2017

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.

# mental-health-services - Wednesday 16 August, 2017

'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.

# mental-health-services - Wednesday 3 May, 2017

'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.

# mental-health-services - Sunday 15 May, 2016

Depression, bipolar and borderline personality disorder: A long road to diagnosis speaks to three young people living with mental health conditions.

# mental-health-services - Wednesday 27 April, 2016

FactCheck: Did only 10 TDs really show up to debate mental health last night?’s FactCheck does a double take on some claims that went viral last night.

# mental-health-services - Monday 18 April, 2016

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”.

# mental-health-services - Wednesday 22 July, 2015

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.

# mental-health-services - Monday 15 June, 2015

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.

# mental-health-services - Thursday 16 April, 2015

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”.

# mental-health-services - Saturday 29 November, 2014

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.

# mental-health-services - Friday 31 October, 2014

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.

# mental-health-services - Tuesday 7 October, 2014

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

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

# mental-health-services - Tuesday 30 September, 2014

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-services - Tuesday 24 June, 2014

Mental health services still show signs of 'institutional care'

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

# mental-health-services - Wednesday 25 December, 2013

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.

# mental-health-services - Thursday 18 October, 2012

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.

# mental-health-services - Wednesday 25 April, 2012

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.

# mental-health-services - Friday 5 August, 2011

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.

# mental-health-services - Thursday 9 September, 2010

HSE's €103m budget overrun

Highest portion budget deficit recorded at HSE West.

# mental-health-services - Wednesday 11 August, 2010

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.