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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.

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Using health as a test case of junior ministers’ usefulness

Posted in Articles by saraburke on July 22, 2014

See below for article on junior ministers from the Irish Independent on 22 July 2014.

The absence of any real achievement by the vast majority of junior ministers must call into question the very necessity of all junior ministerial posts. They have no power to make decisions or allocate money and are really just there to champion a specific aspect of a government department that is perceived to need public and political attention. Let’s use health as a test case of junior ministerial usefulness.  (more…)

Intervention saves lives

Posted in Blog by saraburke on December 9, 2013

The link between self-harm and suicide means hospitals have an important role to play in prevention. My column from the Medical Independent on 26 September 2013. (more…)

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Despite some progress on closing our outdated mental health facilities, a lack of resources means medication rather than community care is replacing the institutional wall.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