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# Mental Health

This week
4th June 2023 - 9th June 2023
# Mental Health
Some Irish prisoners facing waits of over two years to access mental health treatments
Last year, the average time on a waiting list for mental health supports in the Training Unit was close to 900 days.
Last week
28th May 2023 - 3rd June 2023
# Mental Health
Pilot scheme offering free counselling for primary school children to be rolled out in September
The first strand of the scheme will be rolled out in seven counties, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.
Last month
May 2023
Opinion: The consumer-driven concept of self-love has little to do with real self-respect
Niamh Jimenez looks at the pressure on us to be externally perfect and suggests we should be looking a little deeper.
Opinion: Talking about mental health is fine but isn't it time we discussed mental illness?
CEO of Shine mental health charity Nicola Byrne says the more we discuss mental illness openly, the less stigma we will see.
No funding being provided this year for development of more HSE eating disorder services
A report by
Hayley Halpin
Sinn Féin’s Mark Ward said there is “a lack of ambition and political will to deliver services that are so badly needed in our health system”.
The HSE confirmed there is no additional funding to develop new eating disorder teams in this year's National Service Plan.
Ward has said "there cannot be another Budget Day with no additional spending on eating disorder services".
Slow rollout of eating disorder services 'destroying lives'
Opinion: Anxiety can impact both you and your child, but there are ways to get help
Bree O’Neill of the ISPCC discusses anxiety in children and the reasons behind it. She has some help on offer.
Parenting: 'Learning the art of resting was a gamechanger for me'
Mum Margaret Lynch outlines the importance of self-care for parents. She says ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’.
# A Piece of My Mind
Almost 30% of children rate their mental health as 'not good' and need help to manage it
More than 4 in 10 children who availed of mental health services reported that it ‘did not deal with their problem or the cause of their difficulty’.
April 2023
Teacher: My teenage students understand the difference between gender and sex
Eoghan Cleary says his students are well able to wrap their heads around gender identity issues.
# Mental Health
Up to 70% of people in Irish prisons have mental health issues, says Prison Officers Association
An anti-torture committee has said it is concerned with the rising number of homeless persons with severe mental health problems in Irish prisons.
# Apology
Happy Pear apologise for 'unqualified' remarks linking antibiotics to depression on podcast
The comments featured on a podcast and social media earlier this week.
# summer 2023
Govt summer priorities: Renters' rights, safe access zones, vaping rules and late-night pubs
A new pension system and a ban on conversion therapy are other issues to be addressed.
Extract: 'I didn't see a future for myself then and never imagined I'd reach where I am today'
Instagram influencer Jennifer Carroll shares a chapter from her new book, ‘Jen’s Journey’.
This year
Opinion: 'Having a therapist who understands your race, sexuality and gender is important'
Niamh Jimenez says there is a lack of diversity in the therapy setting and outlines why that matters.
# Brent Pope
'I found myself looking into the mirror... feeling like I was looking at someone else'
Former RTÉ pundit Brent Pope has opened up about his struggles with mental health.
# Mental Health
‘I went up to training one Saturday morning and I just started roaring crying’
Peamount’s Avril Brierley on how cognitive behavioural therapy aided her as a footballer and person.
# camhs
HSE chief concedes some children are still waiting too long to access mental health services
Last month’s interim report on CAMHS outlined a series of concerns on service provision.
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.
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
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.