Previous articleGoogle Street View car spotted around LimerickNext articleRiverside picnic and concert for Africa Day admin Advertisement Facebook NewsLocal NewsO’Gorman demands money for mental healthBy admin – May 12, 2009 748 Email Print Facilities at Mid Western Regional Hospital unsuitable for minorsTHE economic crisis should not mean mental health services in Ireland remain underfunded and unequal, says Colm O’Gorman, director of Amnesty International Irish section, critical of the poor state of facilities in Unit 5B in the Mid Western Regional Hospital.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He points out that in its annual report for 2008 the Inspector for Mental Health Services found that despite having beds for children, the Acute Psychiatric Unit at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital was unsuitable for the admission of minors. The report, he adds, also called for admissions to St Joseph’s to cease and a full closure plan to be implemented.Said O’Gorman. “We are now three years into the implementation of the government’s mental health policy A Vision for Change and we still do not have an adequate implementation plan. “When it was launched many campaigners welcomed the policy because it promised an overhaul in how services are provided to enable the move from institutional care to care in the community. “At that time, Minister Harney announced an additional €25 million in funding and assured that further investment would continue. “It also recognised the crucial importance of having service users centrally involved in planning and decision-making. “But three years into the policy progress is painfully slow while funds under A Vision for Change have simply not materialised”. O’Gorman told the Post that in the 2006 and 2007 Budgets the mental health sector was allocated approximately €25 million to develop this policy but the whereabouts of much of it remains a mystery. Millions were diverted into spending gaps in other areas of the HSE. “In Budget 2008, there was no allocation at all and this year again mental health service users have not received the required additional funding.“The right to adequate and appropriate mental health services is a fundamental human right. It is enshrined in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which Ireland ratified in 1990. But this right is far from a reality for the majority of people seeking services today”.As far back as 1982, he recalled, the Government promised to deliver four secure units for people who might be at risk of harming others. In 2006, the promise was for five units. In 2008, there are still no units.“Because of a lack of facilities children are still being placed in adult psychiatric facilities. Figures from the Mental Health Commission show that almost 200 children were admitted to adult centres from January to October 2008.“Specialist mental health services, such as for people with eating disorders or brain injuries, are largely unavailable outside of Dublin.“It might be argued that we cannot afford to spend money on mental health. Amnesty International would respond that at a time of economic crisis when demand on mental health services in increasing, investment in mental health services is even more urgent.“Last September, the Mental Health Commission report, The Economics of Mental Health Care in Ireland, estimated the direct annual cost of poor mental health in Ireland at a staggering €3 billion, or 2% of GNP. In this economic climate, surely we should be increasing, not decreasing, investment in mental health services”. Twitter Linkedin WhatsApp
CoronavirusInternationalLifestyleNews Pope Francis Pope Celebrates Joy of Easter Amid Sorrow of Virus Pandemic by: – April 12, 2020 29 Views no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share Pope Francis (file photo)(AP News) Pope Francis and Christians around the world marked a solitary Easter Sunday, forced to celebrate the most joyful day in the liturgical calendar amid the sorrowful reminders of the devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.Families who normally would attend morning Mass in their Easter best and later join friends for celebratory lunches hunkered down at home. Police checkpoints and closed churches around the globe forced the faithful to watch Easter services online or on TV.A few lucky Romans participated from their balconies overlooking Santa Emerenziana church in the northern Trieste neighborhood, where the priest celebrated a rooftop open-air Mass.At the Vatican, Francis processed into a largely empty St. Peter’s Basilica for Mass, celebrated before a handful of token faithful sitting one per pew and with the choir’s “Kyrie” hymn echoing off the bare marble floors.Normally, St. Peter’s Square would be awash in fresh flowers for Easter, with tulips and orchids decorating the piazza’s promenade in a riot of color to underscore Easter’s message of life and rebirth following Christ’s crucifixion.This year, however, the cobblestoned piazza was bare. Police barricades ringed the square, blocking the tens of thousands who would normally flock to hear the pope’s Mass and noontime “Urbi et Orbi” speech and blessing “to the city and the world.”Francis instead celebrated Mass inside the basilica, decorated with only a few potted palms and white hydrangeas. Rather than appearing on the basilica loggia to impart his blessing, Francis was to speak in front of the tomb of St. Peter, underscoring the solitude confronting all of humanity amid lockdown orders and quarantines to prevent further contagion.It was a scene repeated around the world, with churches either closed or, for the few still open for Mass, forcing the faithful to practice social distancing. In South Korea, where one outbreak was tied to a church sect, services were largely held online.A small number of masked faithful attended service at Seoul’s Yoido Full Gospel Church, one of the biggest churches in South Korea. They were seated notably apart from each other, and choir members sang hymns from behind masks.At Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified and entombed, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa urged the faithful to not be discouraged.“Despite the sign of death and fear that we are seeing everywhere all over the world, we have to look at the good all those that are giving their lives for the others,” he said.Only a handful of clergy were on hand for the Mass, and the streets of the Old City surrounding the church were empty of pilgrims and vendors.“The message of Easter is that life, despite all, will prevail,” said Pizzaballa, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land.The Church of England shuttered its churches, prompting the Anglican archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, to celebrate Easter Sunday service from his kitchen in London. The spiritual leader of 85 million Anglicans worldwide, Welby delivered his sermon in full robes behind a makeshift altar on his dining room table.“Welcome to the kitchen of our home on Easter Day,” he said. “Once this epidemic is conquered here and elsewhere, we cannot be content to go back to what was before as if all was normal.”In New Zealand, Catholic bishops wrote a special pastoral letter to worshipers stuck at home, acknowledging the stresses and uncertainties of this Easter like no other but urging the faithful to take comfort in time with family.“This time has proved to be a reflective time enabling us to refocus or revision ourselves and how we live,” the letter said.In Lebanon, home to the largest percentage of Christians in the Arab world, Cardinal Bechara Rai urged the faithful to abide by lockdown measures, which have been imposed as Lebanon endures its worst economic and financial crisis in decades.“We are praying so that Lebanese officials work together in the spirit of collaboration to revive Lebanon economically, financially and socially,” Rai said in an almost empty church in Bkerki, northeast of Beirut, the seat of the Maronite Church he heads.The church would normally be packed with people marking Easter, including the president, prime minister and parliament speaker.For Orthodox Christians, this Sunday marked the start of Holy Week, with Palm Sunday services held in similarly barren churches. Share
LEYLAND Leacock and top junior player Jordan Beaton won the Men’s Doubles final after a two-hour exciting battle against Andre Lopes and Sandeep Chand on Wednesday evening at the Le Resouvenir Tennis Court on the East Coast of Demerara, to culminate the Trophy Stall Tennis Competition.Leacock, who was one of three coaches participating in the final, copped his second title after having won the Men’s 35-years-and-over Doubles title over the weekend.In the latest clash, Beaton played a measured game and came up with some big shots, which kept their experienced opponents at bay especially in the first set.The match was tied at 2-2 before Leacock/Beaton secured a break, which they consolidated into a 4-2 lead. Chand/Lopes broke serve to come within 4-3 and 40-0 on serve, before losing the next four points to surrender the game and eventually the set 6-3.The second set was also a close affair with Lopes/Chand switching up tactics and the pace of the game, as they forced a third set after securing a break at 4-4, after which Chand served out the set at love to win 6-4.The super tiebreak decider was an up-and-down affair with Chand/Lopes riding the momentum to go ahead 4-1 before the score was tied up at 6. Good serving by Leacock and a perfectly-placed lob from Beaton then allowed the eventual winners to take the title 10-6.Ronald Murray, who had won the Men’s 35-year-and-over doubles with Leacock, had also won the Mixed Doubles final with Fiona Bushell.