If the government is serious about addressing mental health crises then 24/7 services are required

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on June 26, 2015

Op-ed from Irish Independent on 26 June 2015.

The Irish Independent revealed a series of incidents where people with serious mental health conditions were left waiting for appropriate care in one of the country’s busiest emergency departments (ED) in Beaumont Hospital.

The reasons for this are two-fold. Firstly, by their very nature, crises often occur out of office hours. This is also true of mental health crises. Secondly, the failure of the HSE to deliver 24/7 mental health support services means that people with mental health crises still end up going to the EDs of our public hospital for help. These may be people who are having such a crisis for the first time, or people who are regular users of mental health services.



Kenny’s promises on mental health were pure guff

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on June 5, 2015

Analysis from Irish Independent on 5 June 2015.

Mental health “is so central and so sensitive to our communities that it deserves the very best from the Government and that it shall have”. These were the words of An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the opening of a Console counselling service in Mayo in 2012.


Behind the walls of medication

Posted in Blog by saraburke on December 9, 2013

Despite some progress on closing our outdated mental health facilities, a lack of resources means medication rather than community care is replacing the institutional wall. (more…)

Slow progress on child and adolescent mental health services

Posted in Blog by saraburke on November 11, 2009

Two weeks ago, the HSE published its first Corporate Performance Report. One of its headlines was the progress made in the area of child mental health and the fact that there were now 54 child and adolescent mental health teams up and running. Are there 54 child and adolescent mental health teams up and running around the country? And what sort of services are they providing?

There are about 54 teams up and running however many of these teams are not actually teams. Under A Vision for Change, there should be 119 child and adolescent mental health teams with 13 staff on each teams. (more…)