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Guided by the CPsychI Communication Framework 2015, the College issues Press Releases announcing College events or document launches when relevant to either or both the national media & medical press. The College issues press statements on government policy when appropriate and issues related to psychiatry & psychiatrists when articulated in the general media. Make sure to check the College Twitter and Blog which are regularly updated.

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CPsychI President: Prolonged funding shortfall is ‘detrimental’ for Irish patients

The President of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland has said that the Government’s perennial inability to sufficiently fund psychiatric doctors in training has been and will continue to be “detrimental” for patients and has had a major knock-on effect on all mental health services in Ireland.

Second College statement on violence in the Middle East

The College is appalled and distressed at the accelerating, unfathomable conflict and violence in the Middle East, the increasing loss of human lives and the intensification of horrific effect on innocent civilians.

College meeting with Minister of State for Mental Health, Mary Butler, TD

President, Dr Lorcan Martin and Manager of Communications, External Affairs & Policy, Andrea Ryder, met with Minister of State for Mental Health, Mary Butler, in Leinster House.

College welcomes Forensic Psychiatrist Prof Gautam Gulati Election to European Committee for Prevention of Torture

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland welcomes the election of specialist consultant forensic psychiatrist, and college member, Professor Gautam Gulati, as Ireland’s member at the Council of Europe (CoE) Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT).

CPsychI launches newly developed guide for Educational Supervisors in Psychiatry

The Guide for Educational Supervisors, launched today, is underpinned by The Irish Medical Council ‘Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics 8th edition 2019. The Guide, along with this one-day inaugural conference for supervisors, provides support and relevant information to help a supervisor to fulfil their role.

CPsychI warns current sub-standard end-of-life care in Ireland cannot continue

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland has today (Tuesday) warned the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Assisted Dying that the unequal distribution of palliative care services, a dearth of psychological and psychiatric supports available to people with challenging health journeys, and insufficient research in end-of-life care in Ireland cannot continue.

CPsychI statement on conflict in Gaza, Israel and the Middle East

The College abhors all violence and conflict and is deeply concerned for all those tragically affected by violent attacks in Israel and Palestine and the humanitarian crisis that continues to escalate in Gaza and surrounding areas in the Middle East.

CPsychI response to Budget 2024

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland has dismissed Budget 2024 as a “backward step” for the provision of mental health treatment in Ireland, adding the current level of funding and resourcing would lead to increased doctor burnout and, ultimately, negative impacts on patients.

CPsychI warns that doctor burnout having ‘hugely negative impact’ on patient care

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland has warned that soaring rates of doctor burnout and stress are having a “hugely negative impact” on patient care in Ireland.
It said that radical plans for both doctor recruitment and doctor retention in mental health services and a significant increase in mental health spending were needed as urgent priorities to ease the pressure on overworked medical professionals in our mental health services and, as a result, improve patient outcomes.

CPsychI welcomes and reacts to results from national audit on prescribing in CAMHS

The College welcomes the publication of the findings of this report which will provide reassurance to children and their parents/guardians attending CAMHS around the country that levels of prescribing in CAMHS are safe and appropriate.

CPsychI response to Mental Health Commission Report Independent Review of the provision of CAMHS in the State by the Inspector of Mental Health Services

The College of Psychiatrists welcomes the publication of the Mental Health Commission’s review of CAMHS report published today (26th July 2023), which identifies the serious and ongoing challenges that staff working in CAMHS and the children and families seeking support of CAMHS have faced.  The College further calls for urgent action to address serious deficits in resourcing and basic administrative and management structures in CAMHS.

CPsychI welcomes Announcement of National Clincial Lead for Child and Youth Mental Health

Following the announcement of the new Clinical Lead role as part of the recommendations arising from the Maskey Report, the College commends Minister Mary Butler in the successful funding and delivery of this post, one which will be crucial in ensuring there is a clinically led, strategic and targeted vision for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) into the future.

CPsychI welcomes announcement of mental health pilot programme in primary schools

Following the announcement of the second strand of the €5 million pilot programme this week, the College of Psychiatrists welcomes the imminent roll-out of targeted, responsive wellbeing and mental health supports at primary school level.

CPsychI welcomes publication of HSE Dual Diagnosis Model of Care

Following collaboration with the HSE Dual Diagnosis National Clinical Programme, the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland welcomes the publication and roll-out of the Model of Care for People with Mental Disorder and Co-existing Substance Use Disorder.

CPsychI on Sudan conflict

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland strongly condemns the conflict that has erupted in Sudan and appeals for a permanent ceasefire to protect its citizens and Irish-based doctors currently in the country.

CPsychI President Dr Lorcan Martin – ‘Extremely worrying’ consultant resourcing crisis jeopardises junior doctor training

The President of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland has said that the Government’s inability to adequately recruit and retain consultant psychiatrists is “extremely worrying” and has a serious impact on junior doctors in training.

CPsychI warns proposed Sale of Alcohol Bill will have ‘hugely negative’ impact on mental health

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland has warned that proposed aspects of the Sale of Alcohol Bill (2022) will have a hugely negative effect on people’s mental health and should be reconsidered in consultation with medical professionals as a priority.

CPsychI reacts to the Mental Health Commission Interim Report on some CAMHS services

Welcoming the report, the College calls for urgent and emergency action to address too many and concerning shortfalls and inadequate actions in CAMHS and other areas of Ireland’s Mental Health Service.

College warns of ‘profound issues’ with services for adults with intellectual disability around the country

The Chair of the Faculty of Psychiatry of Learning Disability of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland has said there are profound difficulties with services for adults with intellectual disability throughout the country.

College of Psychiatrists: Government failings on mental health putting patients’ lives at risk

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland has warned that Government failings on mental health are putting patients’ lives at risk, and that a radical overhaul of the entire system is needed as an urgent priority.

CPsychI: Revised Mental Health Act ‘unacceptable and unworkable in practice’

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland has today warned the Oireachtas Sub-Committee on Mental Health that the current iteration of the Heads of Bill with proposed amendments to the Mental Health Act (2001) are unacceptable and unworkable in practice, and may potentially prevent seriously ill people from getting the treatment they need.

CPsychI calls on Government to address ‘multiple systemic failings in mental health services’

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland (College of Psychiatrists) has called on the Government to urgently implement a series of recommendations in mental health services in response to the publication of the Maskey report into Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in South Kerry, and has warned that root and branch reform is needed to address multiple systemic failings in the system.

Questions for Families of Children Attending CAMHS following HSE Report

Following the publication of a report by the HSE into South Kerry CAMHS (published 26th January 2022), the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland urges families and guardians who obtain an appointment for CAMHS to ask the following questions to ensure the best possible care.

College of Psychiatrists Response to HSE Report on South Kerry CAMHS

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland has said that the inappropriate prescription of multiple medications to young mental health patients at South Kerry Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is a highly disturbing and distressing case which demands accountability.

College publishes paper on on Physician Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland (College of Psychiatrists) has warned that physicianassisted suicide and euthanasia (PAS-E) is not compatible with good medical care and that its introduction in Ireland could place vulnerable patients at risk.

College Survey on Impact of Covid-19 on Mental Health Services

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland has warned that Covid-19 is having a significant, negative impact on mental health across the community.

College warns that cannabis is ‘gravest threat to young Irish people’s mental health today’

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland (CPsychI) has warned that cannabis represents the “gravest threat to the mental health of young people in Ireland today”, saying that the combination of increasingly potent strains of the drug and a widespread conception among the public that it is generally harmless have had devastating effects.

CPsychI Statement following RTE Prime Time Investigates, Thursday 25th March 2021

The College of Psychiatrists recognises that the content of the RTE investigates programme is likely to cause significant distress to autistic people and their families to learn that, according to the programme, their private information was disclosed without their knowledge or consent.

College welcomes proposed legislation that will move to instigate an outright ban on gambling advertisement in sports

Gambling Disorders are a real and fast-growing public health issue, with the medical illness resulting in detrimental consequences for those with the severe addiction and for their families. In line with their position paper on Gambling Disorder, launched in late 2020, the College believes any move now to address one of many actions required to tackle this issue is not only positive, but timely and urgent.

College statement on HSE National Clinical Programme for Adult ADHD

The College welcomes the launch and funding of demonstration sites for the first component in the development of the HSE National Clinical Programme for Adult ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

College launches paper on gambling disorder

With the Christmas period bringing more triggers and the potential for increased levels of gambling, the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland has launched their paper on Gambling Disorder today. Calling for an urgent, outright ban on gambling advertisement in sports in early 2021, the College also raises the urgent need for dedicated treatment pathways to tackle the hidden epidemic of gambling addiction in Ireland.

College welcomes Mental Health Commission report on Mental Health Services for Older People

The College of Psychiatrists welcomes the Mental Health Commission (MHC) report today calling for appropriate care for those with mental illness among our older population. The findings in the report are a stark confirmation of what we know is missing.

College statement on upcoming 2021 Budget and World Mental Health Day 2020

The College of Psychiatrists continues to be concerned for those requiring access to mental health support and services particularly since Covid 19 hit. On World Mental Health day 2020 the College calls on the government to finally show their commitment financially to mental health service delivery and development in the upcoming 2021 Budget.

College Statement on Racism

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland wishes to state our complete opposition to racism in all forms, in light of the killing of George Floyd in the US city of Minneapolis, and the protests against racial discrimination and inequality that have followed across America and the rest of the world. We fully support calls to end the inequality and other abhorrent acts of racism, both physical and psychological, caused by structural and institutional racism.

Survey of Consultant Psychiatrists shows increase of mental health referrals and relapse amongst those with mental illness following Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions

As coronavirus restrictions begin to ease, a survey of Consultant Psychiatrists carried out by the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland shows the emergence of a new mental health curve that will need flattening. With a worrying increase in referrals, urgent and acute presentations to specialist mental health services and relapses, a previously predicted surge in mental illness presentations looks increasingly likely. View report summary here.

College of Psychiatrists Launch First of its Kind Special Journal Edition Dedicated to the Mental Health Impact of COVID-19 both in Ireland and Internationally

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland today launched a special edition of its official scientific journal, Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine (IJPM), collating over 40 articles documenting the impact of COVID-19 on mental health in society and the delivery of mental health services since the pandemic took hold. Covering perspectives from several countries across multiple disciplines and healthcare settings, this unique edition has open access and is freely available to all.

Letter from Dr W Flannery to leaders of the political parties re urgency around Mental Health Services and impact of Covid-19

Today the United Nations and the World Health Organisation highlighted that mental health needs must be treated as a core element of our response to and recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic requiring an ‘urgent increase of investment in services for mental health’ or ‘risk a massive increase in mental health conditions in the coming months’.

Fifth video released by psychiatrists for families of young people with mental illness restricted at home and without usual vital supports during Covid-19

Continued support, guidance and flexibility are needed for those with mental illness while protective and restrictive measures are in place for the Coronavirus.

Statement from the Faculty of Intellectual Disability Psychiatry of the College of Psychiatry of Ireland regarding Children with an Intellectual Disability and their Families/Carers during the Covid-19 Pandemic

The Faculty of Intellectual Disability Psychiatrists welcomes the recent announcement of increased HSE funding and supports to the disability services during the Covid-19 pandemic.

College of Psychiatrists release second in ongoing series of short videos aimed at providing practical advice to families of young people with mental illness during Covid-19

Continued support, guidance and flexibility is needed for those with mental illness while protective and restrictive measures are in place for the Coronavirus. With this in mind and to alleviate the additional pressure or stress that families of young people with mental illness now face the College has embarked on developing a series of short videos outlining a number of key practical measures they can take.

College releases first of planned series of short videos to provide practical help for families of young people with mental illness during Covid-19

Continued support, guidance and flexibility is needed for those with mental illness while protective and restrictive measures are in place for the Coronavirus. With this in mind and to alleviate the additional pressure or stress that families of young people with mental illness now face the College has embarked on developing a series of short videos with a few key practical measures for them.

Continued Support, Flexibility and Guidance Needed for those with Mental Illness and Neurodevelopmental Conditions during Coronavirus Outbreak

Vulnerable groups with mental illness and neurodevelopment conditions need extra guidance, support and flexibility in how services and treatments are delivered in these extraordinary circumstances, highlights the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland. It is vital that people with these conditions continue to engage with their mental health practitioners and services during this Coronavirus outbreak period.

‘Hot Topics’ proves very successful as College of Psychiatrists celebrates 5 years of an educational series with over 90 hours of professional competence & learning content

A recent two hour CPD session on Gambling Disorders and Gaming marked the 5th anniversary of the College Hot Topics in Psychiatry series.

College of Psychiatrists urges caution around use of language, diagnostic terms and medication references when canvassing and debating before the fast approaching Election Day

The College of Psychiatrists urges election candidates and politicians to be cautious of the language and terms they use which can create hurt, further stigma and misinformation around mental illness disorders and distress. While the College welcomes references to developing Mental Health Services, mental health promotion and other proposals around mental health over the next five to six days of intense pre general election activity it asks that they (candidates) refrain from using stigmatising and inappropriate terms related to mental health and illness.

College develops and hosts first co-produced educational event for member psychiatrists and trainees on conversations in signposting that matter for Recovery

The importance of advocacy, social prescribing and empowerment were all key themes that emerged at a recent symposium and workshop on “The Monetary Impact of Mental Illness: Conversations that Matter in Signposting”, developed and organised by the College and its REFOCUS group.

RCSI Scoop the Spike Milligan Public Speaking Prize

Medical Students Emma Pounder and Juan Lopez Tiboni pipped 5 other teams to win with their take on the title “Cannabis: Path to Nirvana or Road to Perdition?”

“Cannabis – Pathe to Nirvana or Road to Perdition”: Medical Students Riase Mental Health Awareness at Spike Milligan Public Speaking Competition

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland is hosting its annual Spike Milligan Public Speaking Competition* on Thursday, 21st November at 6.30pm, in the Button Factory, Dublin.

Plight of carers is worse than that found ten years ago. ‘Paying the Price: The Hidden Impact of Caring’ launched.

Dr John Hillery, President of the College of Psychiatrists, with Family Carers Ireland, launched a second in a series of reports revealing the harrowing and extreme consequences of caring that family carers regularly face.

“Hot Topics in Psychiatry” series launches for fifth year this month

The ‘Hot Topics in Psychiatry’ events aim to address topical clinical issues facing psychiatrists in Ireland today.

College to host its 2nd Induction Week for Psychiatry Trainees following a well-received and successful inaugural event last year

Communication and Language, Ethics and Professionalism and Physical Health are just some of the workshop sessions to form part of an intense induction week designed by the College Postgraduate Training Department for doctors embarking on their first year as Trainee Psychiatrists.

Careers in Psychiatry Event for Medical Students and Interns

The Psychiatry Training Scheme achieved the highest score for overall training experience among medical specialist trainees for the 3rd consecutive year. As part of its continuous recruitment drive, the College aims to attract Junior Doctors and Medical Students to consider Psychiatry as their specialty by highlighting this feedback and showcasing opportunities and insights at its upcoming career days.

Model of Care for Psychosis Disorders Launched

An estimated 1,500 people a year in Ireland develop a psychotic disorder for the first time with young people particularly affected. About two thirds of presentations occur before the age of 35. Following extensive collaboration with the HSE National Clinical Programme for Mental Health the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland are delighted to see the HSE National Clinical Programme for Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) officially launched by Minister of State, Mr Jim Daly, TD.

The Impact of Caring: Family Carers paying an even higher price than 10 years ago

Today, Family Carers Ireland in collaboration with the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland and UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems launched a new report titled ‘Paying the Price: The Physical, Mental and Psychological Impact of Caring’ in Buswells Hotel, Dublin. The report which is a repeat of a similar study completed in 2009, surveyed 1,102 family carers across Ireland and reveals a severe dis-improvement in the wellbeing of Family Carers over the past decade along with a huge increase in the burden of caring.

Psychiatrists mark 10 year Anniversary of their College with Renowned International and Domestic Keynote Speakers at their Spring Conference this week in Dublin

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland celebrates a major milestone this week at its two-day Spring Conference in the Castleknock Hotel, Dublin. Formed in January 2009 as an Irish only professional body for trainee psychiatrists and psychiatrist specialists, the College is now into its 11th year having achieved and sustained its status as the official accredited body for postgraduate training and professional competence, as well as being a major stakeholder in the mental health arena.

College of Psychiatrists backs the use of PROTECT questionnaire for screening mental health difficulties in refugees and migrants

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland recently met with Safetynet Primary Care, who provide mobile health assessments and screening to newly arrived migrants and refugees across Ireland, to discuss the utilization of preliminary mental health questionnaires.

Cannabis is now the main drug driving referral to adolescent addiction services, say concerned psychiatrists

Cannabis is now the leading cause of new presentations to Ireland’s adolescent addiction services. The trends in cannabis use and cannabis related harms which are evident in the past decade are very concerning and need action at policy and service level.

College disappointed to see findings of inspector of mental health services show increased use of seclusion and restraint in our hospitals

The College is very disappointed to see the data published today on levels of restrictive practices in hospitals. This is another manifestation of the under-resourcing of services for people with serious psychiatric illness.

First Irish-based journal dedicated to mental health succeeds in gaining PubMed status

The Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine is proud to announce its recent successful application for indexing on Medline, the largest and most prestigious internet search engine for medical research.

College is dismayed that there is no mental health services representation on the Sláintecare Implementation Advisory Council

While it is encouraging to see progress on Sláintecare implementation it is very disappointing that psychiatry has not been asked for representation given that many consultant psychiatrists have experience in implementing change in mental healthcare, as per the terms of reference of appointing members to this advisory council.

‘ADHD’ Special Edition of Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine Published

Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine* (IJPM) is delighted to launch a dedicated edition to ADHD, Special Issue: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Volume 35 Issue 3), compiled by guest editors and Consultant child & adolescent psychiatrists, Dr Blánaid Gavin and Prof Fiona McNicholas.

Medical students and interns gain insight into psychiatry at Psychiatry Summer School

Organised by the Trainee Committee of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland* for the eighth consecutive year, the Psychiatry Summer School for medical students and interns gave students the opportunity to gain insight into the career opportunities within the psychiatric specialties, subspecialties and other areas of interest which are often not covered in undergraduate studies.

College’s first week long Foundation Year Induction Programme “should be replicated again and again by other specialities,” say psychiatry trainees

The College hosted its first week long Foundation Year Induction Programme 2018 for incoming psychiatry trainees which, in addition to welcoming them, aimed to orient them to skills and knowledge required at this early stage in and throughout their training. Their communication style, awareness and skills; confidence and psychological well-being; as well as issues of patient safety they face were areas of focus for the programme which was delivered through a blend of presentations and workshops. It also provided an opportunity for networking and encouraged trainees to build support networks amongst themselves as doctors.

President Dr John Hillery joins international and national health professionals to address delegates at ‘Changing Direction: Augmenting Mental Health Solutions

The conference is being hosted by Minister Jim Daly. The main aim of the conference is to explore the potential utilisation of digital technologies in Irish Mental Health Services.

Snails on walls or fast trains to airports – Psychiatrists question priorities on mental health

The President of the College of Psychiatrists, Dr John Hillery has questioned the priority of the Minister for Finance in funding a train to the airport where services for carers are shambolic and mental health professionals are working in clinics with snails climbing up the walls.

A ‘Living Library’ today with the College aims to challenge the stigma of mental health problems

The College is hosting a ‘living library’, a library come to life in the outdoors, where members of the public and medical profession can ‘read’ human books featuring real experiences related to mental illness and recovery.

A ‘Living Library’ with the College of Psychiatrists aims to challenge the stigma of mental health problems

The College is hosting a ‘living library’, a library come to life in the outdoors, where members of the public and medical profession can ‘read’ human books featuring real experiences related to mental illness and recovery.

Committee on Future of Mental Health Care told psychiatrists posts in Ireland currently at 50% below the required amount

President of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, Dr John Hillery, today addressed the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Future of Mental care on the issue of recruitment and retention of psychiatrists and trainee psychiatrists to Mental Health Services.

New clinical programme to provide early support and clear pathway of care for people with eating disorders

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland welcomes the launch by the HSE yesterday of the National Clinical Programme for Eating Disorder Services developed in collaboration between the College, HSE and Bodywhys. Eating disorders affect up to 5% of the population but people can, and do, recover from eating disorders more quickly with early, specialised treatment.

College highlights alcohol’s role in completed and attempted suicides and mental health difficulties as it calls for full support of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill for discussion in the Senate today

Alcohol is at the heart of a great deal of mental health problems in Ireland. Psychiatrists and mental health professionals witness at first hand its damaging effects on patients’ lives. This bill is an important first step to safer alcohol consumption in our society.

College extremely concerned for those requiring access to mental health support and services now and in the future following Budget 2018

The 2018 budget announcement and further detail today indicate that the total budget for mental health will be €888.1 million. Once off €35million extra development funding for 2018 includes the unspent €20million extra funding provided for 2017. In effect, relative to overall increases, the mental health budget remains static and/or slightly reduced for 2018.

Families and carers of those with mental illness connect with psychiatrists to encourage recovery

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland (CPsychI) hosted their third annual conference with Shine on Friday 22nd September in Waterford with a focus on the role of family in promoting recovery. The day was full of insightful presentations and panel discussions with the event hashtag #FamilyCare trending in Ireland throughout the day on Twitter.

SHINE and College unite to connect families and carers of those with mental illness/problems with psychiatrists and others

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland (CPsychI) will host their third annual conference with Shine on Friday 22nd of September with a focus on the role of family in promoting recovery. Family members/carers and service users will have the opportunity to discuss their needs and issues during panel discussions with various key stakeholders.

Psychiatrists take to Twitter for Green Ribbon Stigma Reduction Month

Following the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland recent and successful ‘Walk and Talk with Psychiatrists’, as part of May Green Ribbon month, the College aims to continue the fight against stigma around mental illness and issues through its 3rd annual Twitter live Question & Answer session with psychiatrists.

Public invited to engage informally with psychiatrists for Green Ribbon month

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland (CPsychI) will host its 3 rd annual Walk & Talk with Psychiatrists (CPsychI) for The Green Ribbon Campaign in St Stephen’s Green on Sunday, 21st of May at 1pm sharp. The event is run in conjunction with See Change, the National Stigma Reduction Partnership. Green Ribbon is held for a whole month, each May to spark a national conversation about mental health.

College hosts ‘From Mental Health to Mental Illness: The Role of Psychiatry in the 21st Century’

The recent annual College NCHD Conference was a great success with a high turnout of over 100 Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors.

Women taking the lead in Psychiatry: Then and Now

On International Women’s Day we celebrate trailblazer of the past Dr Ada English, and recognise the four women leading the HSE National Clinical Programme for Mental Health.

Medfest 2017 returns to focus on Matters of Life and Death

The first in a series of university events exploring the need to make doctors, patients and the general public more comfortable about discussing death.

College hosts ‘The Science of Psychiatry’

The recent annual College of Psychiatrists of Ireland (CPsychI) NCHD conference was a great success with a high turnout of Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors.

College Welcomes New Officers

New President and Vice President for College of Psychiatrists of Ireland. The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland has elected Dr John Hillery, former President of the Medical Council, as its new President to serve until 2020. Dr Hillery replaces Dr Ruth Loane as President.

College concerned that people in acute mental distress will not seek help due to media reports about the cost of accessing services

The College of Psychiatrists is concerned that some quotations in the papers yesterday and subsequent online and broadcast coverage of same, attributed to Mrs Majella O’Donnell, give a misleading impression to people with mental health problems about mental health services and may deter those in extreme mental distress from seeking support and help.

QUB win annual CPsychI Spike Milligan Public Speaking Competition for Medical Students

After a fantastic night in the Sugar Club in Dublin, Swati Vara and Catherine Eves, medical students from Queen’s University Belfast took home the top prize at the Annual Spike Milligan Public Speaking Competition hosted by the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland (CPsychI). They faced tough competition from RCSI whose focus on mental health issues as a consequence of lower socio-economic standing earned them the Runners-Up prize.

27th Winner of John Dunne Medal for outstanding trainee contribution to psychiatric research announced

CPsychI congratulates Dr Cornelia Carey, winner of the John Dunne Medal 2015. Dr Carey, who is currently employed in St. James Hospital also sits on the CPsychI Trainee Committee. Dr Carey will also sit on this year’s judging panel for the Spike Milligan Public Speaking Competition.

“Hot Topics in Psychiatry” concludes two successful events

The ‘Hot Topics in Psychiatry’ series of events aims to address the ‘Hot’ issues facing psychiatrists in clinical practice.

Families and carers of those with mental illness connect with psychiatrists to encourage recovery

The College hosted their second annual conference with Shine on Friday 14th October with a focus on the role of family in promoting recovery. Family members/carers and service users had the opportunity to discuss their needs and issues during panel discussions with various key stakeholders such as Liam Hennessy (Head of Service User, Family Member and Carer Engagement in the Mental Health Division), Dr. Ruth Loane (CPsychI President and Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist), and Susan McFeely (National Coordinator of Shine).

Termination of HSE focus on mental health a major concern to psychiatrists

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland is gravely concerned at media reports today that the HSE plans to end the role of National Director for Mental Health.

Psychiatrists concerned about superficiality of discussion of Childline report

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland fears that uninformed reactions to ISPCC statistics on childhood distress will further delay the development of appropriate interventions for children at risk of mental distress and illness.

College of Psychiatrists asks when will Irish Mental Health Services be fit for purpose

The released HSE figures reported by RTE today suggest that the people with psychiatric illness do not have access to community based interventions and supports, ten years after the launch of A Vision for Change. This document promised a Recovery orientated service nationwide.

Psychiatrists to open doors and communication lines for Green Ribbon month

Two events this week will enable members of the public to engage informally with psychiatrists by Tweeting or Walking and Talking in Merrion Square

Anthropological aspects of Psychiatry feature at upcoming Annual General Meeting

An AGM of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland will take place this Friday afternoon, 4th March 2016, in the Ashling Hotel Dublin where attending members as well as being presented with summary activity of each division of the College will be briefed on finances and matters arising from last year’s AGM.

New clinical programme will ensure timely support for people who present to Emergency Departments following self-harm

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland welcomes the commencement of the Clinical Programme for Management of Self Harm Presentations in Emergency Departments.

The College of Psychiatrists hosts ‘Innovations in Psychiatry’

The Conference, hosted in the Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham Dublin on 26th February, was organised by the Trainee Committee, a dedicated working group within the College. Based on the theme “Innovations in Psychiatry” the day delivered a diverse and thought-provoking programme. Trainees were invited to attend a wide range of plenaries and workshops which encompassed topics that can prove challenging to Trainees in everyday clinical practice.

Call to Action from College to all GE16 candidates

Using ‘Equality of Access for All’ as the focus, the College of Psychiatrists has issued all candidates running in the General Election with a one page manifesto outlining the top five priorities for mental health in Ireland. To achieve equality of access for all nationally the College is asking candidates, when elected to ensure:

1. 24/7 Community Based Mental Health Teams for All Ages Nationally
2. Multi-Disciplinary Team Development including a National Plan for staff Retention and Training
3. Nurturing the Mental Health of the Future Generation through support for vulnerable children and resilience
education for all
4. A national Mental Health Information Technology System
5. Increasing the percentage of Health Budget for Mental Health to 12%

Medfest 2016 returns to highlight the impact of conflict on physical and mental health

The first of 5 university events centred on the topical theme “Framing Trauma: Conflict and Medicine” showcases the potential for the Arts to contribute to medicine

College welcomes the removal of ‘unwilling’ from the Mental Health Act regarding ECT

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland welcomes the amendment to mental health legislation by the Dáil last night (8/12/15) which sees the deletion of the word ‘unwilling’ with regard to the administration of Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT).

College of Psychiatrists of Ireland selects winner of John Dunne Medal 2014

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland congratulates Dr Zafar Nisar, winner of the John Dunne Medal 2014., Dr Nisar, who is currently employed as a Senior Registrar in Roscommon County Hospital, was selected as this year’s winner for his contribution to the paper An examination of childhood trauma in individuals attending an adult mental health service. This paper investigates the association of five forms of childhood trauma with a range of clinical symptoms and mental health disorders in 136 individuals attending a mental health service in Ireland. The first author of this paper is Dr Anna Wota. It was co- written with Dr Charles Byrne, Dr Ivan Murray, Dr Thomas Ofuafor, Dr Frank Neuner and Dr Brian Hallahan and appeared in the Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine last December 2014.

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland expresses dismay over the continued slow pace of the delivery of the national mental health policy ‘A Vision for Change’

Mental illness causes both social and financial damage. The cost to the nation of poor mental health (leaving aside the human costs to individuals and society) is over 2% of GNP.

College of Psychiatrists of Ireland explores dignity in mental health for World Mental Health Day 2015

Dignity is a basic human right that should be afforded to everyone, regardless of social status; too often, those with mental and psychosocial disabilities are denied their right to dignity.

College of Psychiatrists of Ireland call for increased frontline mental health resources

On World Suicide Prevention Day, 10th of September 2015, College of Psychiatrists of Ireland stresses the importance of reaching out and saving lives. Without 24/7 access to multi-disciplinary mental health assessments and interventions, preventable loss of life can occur. This is not acceptable.

College of Psychiatrists of Ireland takes part in Carers Week 2015 for the second year to discuss carers’ mental health

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland attended the pop up café in Carlow organised by the Carers Association of Ireland, one of many events held around the country, for Carers Week 2015.

The Use of Psychotropic Medication in Vulnerable Populations

The College of Psychiatrists proposes that Neuroleptic Medications should only be prescribed in vulnerable populations by specialists with appropriate training and competencies.

The College of Psychiatrists hosts ‘Masterclasses for Trainees’

The annual College of Psychiatrists of Ireland (CPsychI) NCHD conference took place recently in the Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham in Dublin, and was a great success with a high turnout of Trainee Psychiatrists and NCHDs.

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland explores ‘The Brain in the 21st Century’

The Seventh Annual Spring Conference of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, held recently in Kilkenny, took a modern approach this year. Attended by circa 450 delegates over the two day event, the conference theme dealt with forward thinking, varied topics which stimulated lively debate amongst attendees.

Mental Health researchers call for investment in specialist youth mental health services

According to research, over half o young Irish people will meet the criteria for a mental health disorder at some point before 25 years of age.

College of Psychiatrists of Ireland sees Expert Group Review as a missed opportunity to improve mental health services in Ireland

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland welcomes the publication of the review of the Mental Health Act. The review will advance the rights of those patients with mental illness who are involuntarily detained. It is also welcome that the review recommends changes to protect those who lack capacity but who do not fulfil criteria for involuntary detention.

Psychiatry of Later Life brought into focus for half day conference in association with Saint John of God Hospital

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland is pleased to announce a half day conference in association with Saint John of God Hospital. This conference focuses on Psychiatry of Later Life and will take place from 9.30am until 1pm on Saturday, 31st of January at Saint John of God Hospital in Stillorgan.

Resilience & adversity focus at well attended College of Psychiatrists Annual Winter Conference

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland recent Winter Conference attracted one of the highest number of delegates to their conferences since the College inception in 2009. Over 350 delegates attended the annual two day event which took place in the Killashee House Hotel conference centre in Kildare with numbers reaching almost 300 on the first day and 245 on the second day.

College of Psychiatrists asks that independent oversight of implementation of national policy on mental health services be reinstated

The contents of the reports published by the Mental Health Commission this week once again emphasise the lack of physical and staff resources available to vulnerable people with mental illness. The reports support the experience of frontline psychiatrists that progress on the full introduction of the national policy ‘A Vision for Change’ remains uneven and slow.

College of Psychiatrists of Ireland to participate in pop-up cafes during Carers Week 2014 to provide help on carers’ mental health

More than 50% of people caring for someone had a significant mental health issue due mostly to their caring role according to a 2009 extensive survey undertaken jointly by the College of Psychiatrists and the Carer’s Association of Ireland. Of those who stated they had a mental health issue, depression and anxiety were the most prominent as those identified by their doctor.

Delegates hear of their role in shaping culture change in mental health services at College 6th annual Spring Conference

Held last week in Cork, 262 delegates attended the 6th annual spring conference of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland over two days. The programme included stimulating presentations from international and national speakers as well as a suite of parallel interactive sessions on varied but up to date topics. Attendees were across all specialties and grades in psychiatry including interns and members of the College REFOCUS group (Recovery Experience Forum of Cares and Users of Services).

“Changing Hearts & Minds” at CPsychI NCHD Conference 2014

The annual CPsychI NCHD conference took place recently in the Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham, in Dublin, and was a great success, with a high turnout of 90 Trainee Psychiatrists and NCHDs.

Evidence that cannabis triggers mental illness is too great to ignore, warns the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland

Cannabis has been implicated in the origin of depression, psychosis and schizophrenia. Cannabis can lead to anxiety, panic attacks and paranoia. There is also growing evidence that cannabis use damages the developing brain in persons under the age of twenty one. Cannabis use in the longer term is associated with short term memory defects, difficulty with concentration, motivation and difficulty with problem solving.

College announces election of new president

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland is pleased to announce the election of Dr Ruth Loane as the next President of the College.

Colleg expresses concerns over further cuts to budget for mental health

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland has ongoing concerns about funding for mental health services, and points out the unequal treatment for those with mental illness compared with those with physical illness.

Psychiatrists call for ban on drinks industry sponsorship of sporting events

Sitting today, The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications discussed the implications of possible legislation on the banning of drinks company’s sponsorship for major sporting events. Speaking on behalf of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, in favour of the introduction of this legislation, was Dr William Flannery, Chair of the College’s Faculty of Addictions Psychiatry and Consultant in Addictions Psychiatry, and Dr Eamon Keenan, member of the Faculty and Consultant in Addictions Psychiatry.

College launches two key papers at 5th annual Spring Conference

The 5th Annual Spring Conference of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, held recently in Athlone, was attended by circa 450 delegates over the two day event. The programme included stimulating presentations from international and national speakers as well as interactive workshops on varied but up to date topics and included participation and attendance by service users and carers both from the College REFOCUS group (Recovery Experience Forum of Cares and Users of Services) and from other similar groups.

Spike Milligan Competition 2013

NUIG medical students have won the annual Spike Milligan Public Speaking Competition for the third time since the competition began in 1999 and in close second as runners up was the RCSI team.

Psychiatrists focus on Youth Mental Health for 2013

For the second year running the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland has chosen to focus some of its work on a particular theme within mental health services. For 2012, that theme was the Homelessness and Mental Illness and for 2013 it is ‘Youth Mental Health’.

‘MedFest’ gives UCD medical students insight into their future profession

UCD Medical Students were treated to an engaging selection of films on the theme, ‘The Power of Medicine’, at the launch of ‘MedFest’ in UCD cinema this week.

Name change and logo refresh for psychiatrists

The professional body for psychiatrists in Ireland has changed its name to ‘College of Psychiatrists of Ireland’, effective immediately. Following a motion at the College of Psychiatry of Ireland AGM last year (2012) and a subsequent ballot to members of the College the decision was taken to change the name from January 2013.

Upcoming Spike Milligan Public Speaking Competition 2013

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland is hosting its annual Spike Milligan Public Speaking Competition next Wednesday, 6th March, 6.30pm, in the Sugar Club, Dublin. The competition aims to raise awareness of mental
health issues among the general public and particularly to foster and promote communication skills around mental health issues among the medical student community from the seven medical schools in Ireland.

NCHD Conference a success

The recent annual NCHD Conference „Beyond Memberships – Getting the most out of Training’, organised by the dedicated working group of the Trainee Committee of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland (CPsychI) was a great success, with over one hundred NCHD‟s in attendance the Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham, Dublin.

Trainee Committee launch premiere of MedFest in UCD

The annual medical film festival “MedFest” will premiere in UCD’s new state-of-the-art multimedia cinema on 25th February 2013. Building on a successful tour of 20 universities in the UK, this year MedFest is launching in Ireland, co-hosted by ‘PSYCHED’ (UCD Psychiatry Special Interest Group), UCD MedSoc and the Trainee Committee of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland. The event was pioneered by the Trainee Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2011.

Psychiatrists challenged by President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins at annual winter conference on ‘Research and Innovation’

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins opened a two day conference today attended by 400 psychiatrists from throughout the country. Speakers from the academic community in Ireland and abroad are sharing current knowledge and recent research on a variety of topics relevant to mental illness and delivery of mental health services over the two day annual winter conference.

College runs second successful summer school for medical students

Students from every university in Ireland attended a recent psychiatry summer school in Dublin, organised by the Trainee Committee of the College of Psychiatry of Ireland. This is the second year the two-day free event has run. It was expanded this year to accommodate increased demand from students and involved visits to more clinical sites in the Dublin area.

College highlights homelessness and mental illness for World Mental Health Day 2012

The College of Psychiatry of Ireland will mark World Mental Health Day 2012 with a one day Conference, “Homelessness & Mental Illness: What can be done?” The conference will bring together a number of speakers from nursing, psychiatry, social work, general practice and homeless agencies to discuss the many challenges facing those who are homeless and live with mental illness.

College welcomes Directorate for Mental Health Services

The College of Psychiatry welcomes the approval of the Heads of Bill by Government which will enable the recruitment of a separate director for Mental Health under the establishment of a new Directorate structure for the HSE as planned by Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly.

Irish Times Letter to the Editor regarding alcohol abuse

From William Flannery, Chair of the Faculty of Addiction Psychiatry.

“Recovering a life not just recovering from an illness” key message at Social Psychiatry Conference

The recent Spring Conference of the College of Psychiatry of Ireland held in Galway focused on the theme of Social Psychiatry and Recovery with guest international and national speakers. Through plenary sessions and workshops, almost 400 delegates spent the two days being informed of recent developments in psychiatry and discussing how practice of psychiatry can be improved in order to facilitate those who use the service, achieving recovery, in the sense of living a fulfilling and satisfying life.

College welcomes Mental Health Commission Annual Report but call for Directorate & realistic national debate on mental health services

The College of Psychiatry welcome the Mental Health Commission Annual Report published today and the improvements and cultural shift observed over the past five years in mental health services noted in the report.

Social Psychiatry for College of Psychiatry Annual Spring Conference

Over a two day period in Galway, from 29th to 30th March (2012), psychiatrists from throughout the country will meet to hear international and national speakers and debate many topical issues in Psychiatry today focussed around the theme ‘Social Psychiatry’.

Spike Milligan Competition 2012

The College of Psychiatry of Ireland is hosting the 12th Spike Milligan Public Speaking competition tomorrow evening when teams from the seven Medical Schools in Ireland will compete for the Dick Joynt Trophy & Sculpture. The College remain grateful to Spike Milligan, who died 10 years ago last month, for lending his name to this popular and important annual competition.

Out of sight, out of mind? Homelessness and Mental Health

Psychiatrists in Ireland call for specialised services and a co-ordinated approach for homeless citizens with serious mental health difficulties at the College of Psychiatry AGM today, Friday 27th January. Speaking at the College’s AGM, Dr Joanne Fenton, a consultant psychiatrist who works with homeless people, said the true prevalence of mental health problems in the homeless population is unknown but that estimates show that up to one in four homeless people can have severe mental health issues.

College welcomes Reilly announcement regarding mental health directorate

The College of Psychiatry welcomes the announcement by Minister Reilly that mental health will be managed by a separate directorate, as one of the seven directorates planned for our health service. While those with mental health problems receive services from many areas of the HSE, having its own separate Directorate will enable greater coordination and interdepartmental communication. In ‘A Vision for Change’ we have a clear outline of how this directorate should be managed.

College cautious in welcoming Minister Lynch’s ring fencing of €35 million for Mental Health Services

The College of Psychiatry welcomes the budget announcement confirming, as per the Programme for Government, that €35m is to be ring fenced for mental health and in particular for the development of community mental health teams as per ‘A Vision for Change’. However the College continues to have concerns related to reductions in staffing for existing Community Mental Health Teams that have occurred in the last two years.

Great turnout for Clinical Practice Updates at CPsychI 2011 Winter Conference

The College of Psychiatry of Ireland‘s third Winter Conference in Killarney included a packed programme of plenary sessions and workshops focussing on practical and best practice standards relevant to clinical practice. Circa 250 delegates attended each day of the two day event where they were informed by stimulating presentations from international and national speakers related to clinical practice and availed of the many practically oriented parallel workshops.

College hosts free educational events for World Mental Health Day 2011

To mark World Mental Health Day this year the College of Psychiatry are hosting two free events for the public, one in Dublin and one in Galway focusing on the relationship of alcohol to our mental health. Both events will comprise presentations followed by question & answer sessions providing the audience with an opportunity to ask questions on the topics to the presenting psychiatrists.

Statement on RTÉ Documentary ‘Behind the Walls’

The two part documentary ‘Behind the Walls’, broadcast recently on RTE, focussing on psychiatric care and institutions in this country over the past decades dealt with many important issues and provided an overview of a system, which was in so many ways flawed and inadequate. A more objective and balanced series of documentaries would also have focused on the multiple advances in the treatment of mental illness in the last two decades both at Primary Care level by GPs and their teams and at Secondary Care level by specialists in the mental health services. Thousands of patients benefit from these advances and more person focussed contemporary care around the country every year. The vast majority of people in this country, who experience an onset of mental illness, will be treated effectively and will have no recurrence.

Irish Times Letter to the Editor from the Chair of the Faculty of Social Rehabilitation Psychiatry

In response to ‘HSE cuts number of psychiatrists in Galway’ (HEALTHplus, 6th September, 2011), ‘Revealing the horrific past of psychiatric hospitals’ (Mary Raftery ,5th September) and ‘Behind the Walls’ (RTE, 5th September).

Comment on report “Time to move on from Congregated settings – A Strategy for Community Inclusion”

The College of Psychiatry of Ireland welcomes the report „Time to move on from Congregated settings’ (commissioned by the HSE) regarding the current care provided in Ireland to persons with intellectual disabilities. The College supports the recommendations in the „Congregated Settings’ report that adults with intellectual disabilities should be living in the community and emphasises that inspections for health and quality care in these community settings need to be implemented.

College urges men to watch out for the signs of depression as Men’s Health Week begins

The focus of this year’s Men’s Health Week: “Promoting and Supporting the Health and Well-Being in Men and Boys during Challenging Times” is particularly relevant to men’s mental as well as physical health say the College of Psychiatry. Depression is common, it can be successfully treated, once recognised. In order to help people recognise depression the College outlines a number of symptoms that can indicate the presence of clinical depression.

Spike Milligan 2011

UCD Medical School won for the first time at the annual Spike Milligan Intervarsity Public Speaking Competition, run by the College of Psychiatry of Ireland.

Key Words for Psychiatrists from the Chief Executive of the HSE at Annual Spring Conference

Mr Cathal Magee, in addressing almost 200 psychiatrists at the opening of the Spring Conference of the College of Psychiatry of Ireland, stressed the increased recognition of the importance of mental health and improved mental health services in the health service plans of the HSE.

Comment on the programme for government

The College of Psychiatry of Ireland Welcomes Commitment given to Mental Health by the New Government in its Ministerial Appointments and the Programme for Government.

Statement on ECT & Section 59(1)(b) of the Mental Health Act

The College strongly proposes to the Seanad members that rather than deleting section 59(1)(b) they propose an amendment to this section deleting the words “or unwilling” and that the other aspects of Section 59(1)(b) be retained in the legislation.

Still Forgotten? Vulnerable citizens ignored, exported and exiled – at what cost?

The College of Psychiatry of Ireland today launches a report to mark the 5th anniversary of A Vision for Change, the national mental health policy. “Excluded, Exiled and Exported: The citizens we’ve ignored and those we’ve exiled”, highlights the lack of progress in providing adequate, appropriate and affordable care for one of Ireland’s most vulnerable groups – those with an intellectual disability (ID) who require an additional specialised mental health service.

College announces new Officers & Executives

The College of Psychiatry or Ireland, which has just completed two years since its inauguration in 2009, welcomes Dr Anthony McCarthy as the new President of the College. Dr McCarthy, who has been Vice President to Dr Justin Brophy the outgoing President, will carry out the role over a two year term starting January 2011.

Irish Times Letter to the Editor regarding cutbacks in mental health services

From Siobhán Barry and Niall Crumlish, Policy & External Affairs Directorate

Reasons for referral and consultation liaison psychiatry diagnoses

A recent study by Dr John Lyne and colleagues at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin, examined diagnoses among patients referred to the liaison psychiatry team. Liaison psychiatry is the department that assists general hospital inpatients with mental health problems. The findings of this study were compared with those of similar studies from around the world.

The College of Psychiatry of Ireland advocates ‘BAN on Alcohol Advertising’

The College of Psychiatry of Ireland repeats their previous call for a ban on alcohol advertising and sponsorship in Ireland to protect Children and Adolescents. “Our 2008 publication stated that the alcohol industry’s self regulatory group responsible for monitoring compliance with alcohol advertising had found multiple breaches of the code where children were exposed to alcohol advertisements. There were no consequences to these breaches” said Dr William Flannery, Chair of the College’s Faculty of Addiction Psychiatry.

The psychological impact of arthritis: the effects of illness perception and coping

Thousands of people across Ireland live with the daily challenge of coping with rheumatoid arthritis. A recent study led by Dr Yulia Zyrianova, Senior Registrar in Psychiatry, examined the psychological impact of arthritis on patients.

The College of Psychiatry of Ireland shares concerns of ‘A Mental Health Service in Crisis’

The College of Psychiatry of Ireland acknowledges and shares the grave concerns expressed by thePsychiatric Nurses Association in its recent report ‘A Mental Health Service in Crisis’ released yesterday.

The needs of people with dementia as rated by their carers

Irish people are living longer and the number of Irish people with dementia (such as Alzheimer’s disease) is set to rise. People with dementia need high levels of care, usually primarily provided by family, so they can remain at home for as long as possible. The work done by carers in thousands of homes around the country needs to acknowledged, understood and supported.

Comment on MHC Inspectors orders to three psychiatric hospitals

The College welcomes the imminent ‘order’ by the Commission to prevent any new acute admissions to three hospitals – St Ita’s, St Brendan’s and St Senan’s – given the consistent message for the required closure in Inspector’s reports over past years because of the poor conditions available to patients, and the persistent failure to address these shortcomings.

Clarification on antidepressant medication

In the past month there has been considerable discussion in Ireland of suicidality and homicidality as potential adverse effects of SSRI antidepressant medication. Much of this discussion has been speculative. Clearly, suicide and homicide are events of the utmost gravity and any possible role of any treatment in precipitating such tragedies warrants the most thorough investigation. However, discussion of the risks involved must be based on evidence rather than conjecture or unfounded opinion.

Statement on SSRI antidepressant medication

The College of Psychiatry of Ireland is aware of issues relating to SSRI antidepressant medication which emerged at a public inquest yesterday.

‘Spike Milligan’ goes to Galway

NUIG medical students win the annual Spike Milligan Public Speaking Competition run by the College of Psychiatry of Ireland.

Psychiatrists meeting in Cork

The College of Psychiatry of Ireland held their 2010 Spring Conference in Cork over the last two days with the theme ‘Minding the Gap: The Boundaries and Interface between Psychiatry and Primary Care.’

‘Unwilling’ to Go

The College of Psychiatry of Ireland again called for the removal of the word ‘unwilling’ from Section 59b of the Mental Health Act 2001 at all party briefings in Leinster House last week. However the College strongly proposed that Section 59b be retained in the legislation.

Response to the statement of March 1st 2010 by Minister John Moloney, TD

On March 1st 2010, the Minister of State at the Department of Health with Responsibility for Mental Health, Mr John Moloney, TD, announced plans to close fourteen outdated psychiatric hospitals across Ireland. Around 1200 people, including children, live on wards in these hospitals, some of which the Inspector of Mental Health Services recently described using language as strong as “depressing”, “appalling”, and “unfit for human habitation”. The hospitals are to be replaced within three years with modern community mental health facilities, which will be funded from by the sales of each hospital and associated lands.

Carers of Ireland: Who Cares?

The College of Psychiatry of Ireland along with the Carers Association of Ireland today released data from a major study carried out in 2008 on family and voluntary carers in the Republic of Ireland.

Speakers at International Conference, Croke Park

From the International Conference “Bridging New Frontiers – Facing New Challenges” on 12 November 2009.

International Conference, Croke Park

The College of Psychiatry of Ireland is holding its first international conference as a new College in partnership with the European and Northern Ireland Divisions of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK. The theme over two days in Croke Park Conference Centre, (12th & 13th November), Bridging New Frontiers – Facing New Challenges encompasses a variety of high quality plenary sessions, workshops and poster presentations. Most notable, the conference guest speaker is The President of Ireland, Mary McAleese (Friday 13th November).

CPsychI Welcomes Minister Dempsey’s proposal to reduce the legal limit of alcohol permitted for driving

The College of Psychiatry of Ireland welcome Minister Dempsey’s proposal to reduce the legal limit of alcohol permitted for driving, in line with recommendations of the EU and World Health Organisation.

Statement regarding The Late Late Show Invitation

The College of Psychiatry of Ireland has met and decided that the circumstances in which the invitation to participate in The Late Late Show programme on 25th September 2009 was extended preclude our involvement.

CPsychI Disappointed at the Delay in Publishing the Mental Capacity Bill

The College welcomes the proposed legislation concerning the protection of the mentally incapacitated but is disappointed that its publication is being deferred continuing to leave vulnerable people unprotected in terms of clinical, financial and welfare decision making.

Men’s Health Week: 15th – 21st June 2009

Commenting on the theme for this year’s Men’s Health Week, “Men and Access to Services”, the College of Psychiatry of Ireland stress the importance of looking after mental health as well as physical health.

A Gloomy View

The College of Psychiatry of Ireland today launched an investigative report, A Gloomy View that examines the progress of employment of key personnel required to advance the recommendations of A Vision for Change and promised when the Mental Health Act 2001 was enacted in 2006.

Formation of Professional Competence Steering Committee

A Professional Competence Steering Committee has been established by the Medical Council and the Forum of Postgraduate Training Bodies to facilitate the development and implementation of comprehensive and effective Professional Competence Schemes for medical practitioners.