Mental Health

  • There's a call on the HSE to lift the recruitment freeze on mental health staff.


    Fianna Fail TD James Browne says nearly 20 per cent of psychiatric nursing posts are unfilled.


    He's describing it as unacceptable, and having a negative impact on mental health services across the country.


    Deputy Browne says the Government isn't doing enough to fill these posts:

  • The HSE hired 34 mental health staff this year, despite having a shortfall of over 2,400.


    The Health Service estimates that it would cost 194 million euro per year to increase the number of staff to the recommended level.


    Kildare and parts of Dublin and Wicklow had less than half the staff required to adequately serve the population.


    Fianna Fail Deputy James Brown, who obtained the figures from the HSE, says the Government isn't prioritising mental health.

  • Despite government promises to enhance mental health services, the reality is that there are less staff employed by the HSE in mental health services in Mayo at present than there was ten years ago.

    That was confirmed by HSE management in response to a question from Independent Castlebar councillor Michael Kilcoyne at this month’s HSE West Forum meeting.

    The councillor told Midwest News today that mental health remains “the poor relation” of the health services and he says changes are urgently required considering the increasing demand on the service.

  • We all have mental health and what we do to support or ignore it has a big impact on our minds. Our actions also help determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. To understand our mental health better and the actions we need to support it we all need to be talking about mental health in the same way as physical health, it’s just as important. These podcasts are a way of doing just that, they are aimed at making us think about out mental health, what we can do to support it and hopefully to initiate a conversation around it.

    Let Teresa Keane from Mental Health Ireland take you through everyday ways to improve your mental wellbeing.











  • Only 11 out of 176 approved mental health jobs have been filled in the last year.

    The HSE figures were obtained by Fianna Fáil as part of a parliamentary question.

    Despite approved funding of nearly 16 million euro, new staff have been hired for only 1 in 16 of the available positions since 2018.

  • For a second successive day, psychiatric nurses are refusing to work overtime in a dispute with the HSE over recruitment and retention of staff in mental health services.

    The action is impacting on community services across the West, according to the Psychiatric Nurses Association.

    The PNA says nurses are frustrated that little or no progress has been made in talks to try and resolve the crisis, while the HSE says the overtime ban will have a significant impact on mental health services.

     Rory Kavanagh - Industrial Relations Officer with the PNA in this region - says the action shows that many services in Connacht are dependent on their members working overtime to fill vacancies .





    Listen back to our 'Positive Mental Health Slots' for some tips on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing. The 'Positive Mental Health Slots' air on The Tommy Marren Show every Monday morning!

    Remember, your Mental Health is just as Important as your Physical Health!