Everything we know about Netflix’s must-see series ‘Inventing Anna’
Everything we know about Netflix’s must-see series ‘Inventing Anna’

Jennifer McShane

Proenza Schouler x Birkenstock are back with a second collaboration
Proenza Schouler x Birkenstock are back with a second collaboration

Holly O'Neill

10 brilliant Netflix picks worth a repeated watch
10 brilliant Netflix picks worth a repeated watch

Jennifer McShane

Does the sale of Reese Witherspoon’s company spell the end of female-led movies and television?
Does the sale of Reese Witherspoon’s company spell the end of female-led movies and television?

Sarah Finnan

Behind Closed Doors: ‘I’m an IT consultant by day and a dominatrix by night’
Behind Closed Doors: ‘I’m an IT consultant by day and a dominatrix by night’

Amanda Cassidy

40 of the best sun-bleached and desert-inspired summer nail shades
40 of the best sun-bleached and desert-inspired summer nail shades

Holly O'Neill

10 of Meghan Markle’s all-time best royal looks
10 of Meghan Markle’s all-time best royal looks

Jennifer McShane

Taylor Swift sent the Galway paddleboarders a letter when she heard about their ordeal
Taylor Swift sent the Galway paddleboarders a letter when she heard about their ordeal

Sarah Finnan

Sound the alarm! Lizzo and Chris Evans are flirting online again
Sound the alarm! Lizzo and Chris Evans are flirting online again

Sarah Finnan

Disney’s attack on Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow lawsuit is incredibly gendered
Disney’s attack on Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow lawsuit is incredibly gendered

Jennifer McShane

Image / Editorial

Report finds mental health service users are still being treated like ‘second-class citizens’


by Edaein OConnell
02nd Jul 2020
blank

The annual report carried out by the Mental Health Commission has found significant issues in mental health services in Ireland


According to the Mental Health Commission’s annual report, mental health service users are still being treated like “second-class” citizens.

The report revealed major flaws in mental health care across the country and found a large number of centres are non-compliant with regulations.

John Farrelly, chief executive of the commission said of the report: “This year’s report once again demonstrates that the needs and wants of mental health service users are not being prioritised.”

He continued, “The evidence in the report is clear, there is evidence of dirty premises that are not fit for purpose, 50% of centres don’t have care plans.”

“And there is a lack of compliance around physical restraint and seclusion. From my perspective, it is clear that mental health users are being treated like second class citizens and their rights are being overlooked.”

Decrease

The Commission found that it took 40 enforcement actions against 31 mental health centres in 2019. These related to staffing issues, problems with the premises, and the dignity and privacy of patients.

There was also a decrease in compliance with the Code of Practice on the Admission of Children. The report found adult approved centres did not have age approved facilities or activities for children who are residents.

Out of the 65 approved and 18 unregulated 24-hour supervised centres, there was a 78% overall compliance level. However, 69% of centres were found to be non-compliant with premises regulation and 48% were non-compliant with care plan regulations.

The report also shows that compliance around the Rules on Seclusion in settings fell by 12%. 28 centres use seclusion rooms and of that number, 79% were found to be non-compliant. While out of 58 centres that use physical restraint, 50% were reported to be non-compliant also.

Mr Farelly said issues surrounding the use of physical restraint are worrying. “The key issue for us was that there was no physical examination following an episode of restraint. But also 58% or 89% of approved centres are using physical restraint and that to me is an indicator.”

“When you are using physical restraint it probably means you haven’t put all the resources in to actually work with someone to build a therapeutic relationship.”

“Because I want to be clear, physical restraint is not a therapeutic intervention.”


Read more: ‘We went into a dazed couple of weeks, we just hoped he would stay alive and survive’

Read more: ‘As a GP, this is what I will — and won’t — be doing during Phase 3’

Read more: Perimenopause: The symptoms you may not know about

Also Read

blank
EDITORIAL
“A slap in the face for all the victims”: Outcry over Bill Cosby’s release from prison

This is why rape victims think twice before coming forward, writes Amanda Cassidy He was once known as “America’s Dad”...

By Amanda Cassidy

BRITs
EDITORIAL
Best BRITs – The standout moments everyone is talking about from last night’s BRIT Awards

The BRIT Awards took place over in London last night, welcoming the who’s who of the music world inside the...

By Sarah Finnan

blank
IMAGE WRITES
The sexist commentary at Wimbledon still remains a problem

Wimbledon in 2021 and once again female athletes are singled out on the playing field, a great deal of the...

By Jennifer McShane

Vegan
EDITORIAL
Delicious vegan-friendly spots to try for a weekend brunch in Dublin

Check out three of our favourite vegan/veggie-friendly spots in Dublin worth trying this weekend. The best bit? Chances are, even...

By Jennifer McShane

Britta Baranowsky The Flowerfield
EDITORIAL
Happy World Bee Day: These are the best bee-friendly flowers to plant right now

Attracting bees to your outdoor patch is a cinch, with a little forward-planning. We speak to two flower growers in...

By Amanda Kavanagh

alternative asthma treatments
EDITORIAL
Three alternative asthma treatments to try this hayfever season

Approximately 80% of people with asthma also suffer from hayfever, which can make summer days a nightmare. These three alternative...

By Grace McGettigan

Nóra Quoirin
AGENDA, EDITORIAL
Inquest ruling changed to open verdict in Nóra Quoirin’s death

A Malaysian judge has overturned an inquest verdict of misadventure in the death of 15-year-old Nóra Quoirin, changing it to...

By Jennifer McShane