Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Alastair Campbell: Depression And Me

In an intensely personal and often surprising film for BBC Two, Alastair Campbell: Depression And Me, Alastair Campbell candidly talks about his experience living with depression and explores if radical new treatments can make a difference.
Alastair is best known for his role as Tony Blair’s formidable and often contentious spin doctor but, away from the public eye, he has been dogged by crippling bouts of depression for most of his life. Some days, just getting out of bed is too hard. Therapy and anti-depressant medication is helping him keep his head above water - but is that really the best he can hope for?
Encouraged by his family, Alastair sets out on a journey to explore if cutting edge science can offer him - and the millions of people like him - the hope of one-day living depression-free. As he tries to understand his depression better he also reflects back on key events in his life and asks if they could have had a negative effect on his mind.
Read more at Mental Health And Me also at Time to change

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Advantages and Disadvantages of Nursing in Ireland

Nursing in Ireland provides plenty of opportunity and variety for your nursing career. Nurses are in high demand because of their ability to complete many primary care services.
While Ireland's health care system is modern and reasonably efficient, there is no doubt that change is needed to improve patient facilities, reduce waiting lists and develop better working conditions for medical staff, especially nurses. This change is happening, albeit slowly, and Irelands Health Service will continue to strive forward with its improvement plans, including building new hospitals. This investment and growth in the Irish Health Service will provide new career opportunities for nurses. Now is a great time to get in on the ground level and witness the development first hand.
While there are temporary hiring difficulties in the public sector at the moment, there are still plenty of nurse job opportunities in the private sector that are actively recruiting nurses throughout Ireland. Permanent nursing employment contracts are available with some offering 39 hour weeks.
Ireland offers nurses a competitive salary scale of (€27,483-€43,800), pension and investment in further education for each nursing career. Nursing supports offered to nurses include sponsorship of post-graduate formal academic courses that will facilitate career progression as well as a training bursary from Nurse Jobs Ireland.
A disadvantage to nursing in Ireland is the cost of living here, especially rental costs. The competitive salary offered to nurses is nationwide and the cost of living is not as expensive as Dublin. There are nurse jobs in Cork, Limerick and Clare which also offer city lifestyles. However, there is a travel card you are entitled to that is tax deductible so you can live outside Dublin city centre.

Read More at Nurse+Jobs Ireland

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Great British Bake Off's Nadiya Hussain thanked by BBC viewers for soul-baring documentary about anxiety

The Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain has been applauded by BBC viewers for shining a light on an issue that has many suffering in silence.
BBC One premiered Nadiya: Anxiety and Me as part of Mental Health Awareness Week on Wednesday (May 15), in hopes of reaching some of the 5 million people currently suffering from anxiety across the UK today.
Nadiya is among those who suffer from anxiety and extreme panic attacks, even though she had never been formally diagnosed until making this documentary.
The one-off special followed Nadiya to a Brighton school to see how educators cope with their students' anxiety, and to King's College London to learn about the ways she could avoid passing down anxiety triggers to her children.

Monday, May 13, 2019

How Meditation Can Improve Mental Health

It is important to maintain and promote mental health and well-being. Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Poor mental health can have serious consequences on how we think, feel, and act and can even lead to harmful consequences and disorders, including depression, anxiety, and suicide if the problem is severe enough and persists.
Mental illnesses are serious, yet common, disorders that can affect mood and behavior. These issues can be occasional or long-lasting and can affect day-to-day functioning and ability to interact and relate with others.
There are a number of ways that you can improve your situation and help to increase mental well-being. One of the best ways to do this is through meditation and mindfulness practices.
Read more at Thrive Global 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Radical Parkinson's treatment tested in patients

A radical Parkinson's treatment that delivers a drug directly to the brain has been tested in people.
Patients in the trial were either given the drug, which is administered via a "port" in the side of the head, or a dummy treatment (placebo).
Both groups showed improved symptoms, meaning it was not clear if the drug was responsible for the benefits.
However, scans did find visual evidence of improvements to affected areas of the brain in those given the drug.
The study's authors say it hints at the possibility of "reawakening" brain cells damaged by the condition.
Other experts, though, say it is too early to know whether this finding might result in improvements in Parkinson's symptoms.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Give us a reason to come home’: Irish nurses hold rally at Sydney Opera House

More than 250 Irish nurses gathered at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday to urge the Irish Government to increase pay and “give us a reason to come home.”
The group in Australia came out to show its support for nurses and midwives in Ireland who are going on strike on January 30th over pay and conditions.
Irish nurse Laura Phillips said the pay in Ireland is “not competitive” and that hundreds of Irish-trained nurses working in Australia will not come home until salaries improve.

An investigation into compassion fatigue and self-compassion in acute medical care hospital nurses: a mixed methods study

Article highlight:
An investigation into compassion fatigue and self-compassion in acute medical care hospital nurses: a mixed methods study:

Abstract

Background

In the acute medical care hospital setting, nursing the sick and dying is both physically and emotionally demanding, making acute medical care hospital nurses more vulnerable to Compassion Fatigue (CF) or Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS). If not addressed in its earliest stages, CF can adversely change the caregiver’s ability to provide compassionate care. It has been shown that Self-Compassion (SC) can be beneficial for the caregiver, with corresponding benefits for the individual needing care. However, the relationship of this attribute to CF in the acute medical care hospital nursing setting has not been intensively studied. This study explores the environmental and psychosocial factors affecting the prevalence and levels of CF in acute medical care hospital nursing staff and whether SC can be used as a coping strategy that enables nurses to mitigate the prevalence and levels of CF.

The 3 habits of calm: TV doctor on how to reduce stress

Dr Rangan Chatterjee has seen first-hand how stress affects his patients - and has found simple but effective methods to help them. Here he describes how small changes can help you to lead a more fulfilled and calmer life.

When we consider stress, we don't usually think of meaning and purpose. But living a life that's devoid of these qualities is inherently stressful. I'd even go as far as to say that the single best way of living a calmer, happier life is to do it with a strong sense of purpose. But what do I mean by 'purpose'? One way of thinking about it is as living your life on purpose.
People with a strong sense of purpose enjoy significantly better health compared to those who don't, including less likelihood of developing heart disease, strokes and depression. Research also shows that they sleep better and live longer.
Perhaps more crucially, though, people with a sense of purpose live happier lives.
But here's the problem. In order to find out who we are and what our purpose is, and then begin to change our lives, we need time. And time is precisely the thing that the modern world is stealing from us.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Mental Health Reform Ireland

Mental Health Reform is the leading national coalition on mental health in Ireland. We have over 70 member organisations, representing a broad range of interests, like housing, disability, children’s rights, human rights, ethnic minorities and many others. Mental Health Reform provides a unified voice campaigning to drive progressive reform of mental health services and supports in Ireland.
Read more at Mental Health Reform

Mental health patients 'should be given more rights over treatment


People with serious mental health problems should be given a host of new rights to ensure they receive better care if they are detained for compulsory treatment, an inquiry ordered by Theresa May has found.
The 50,000 people a year who are sectioned under the Mental Health Act should be able to set out how they want to be looked after and challenge doctors’ decisions about them, said the year-long independent review, led by Prof Sir Simon Wessely, an ex-president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
The review said patients detained in a psychiatric unit need a major extension of their rights because being locked up can be “traumatic” and “damaging.”
Read more at the Guardian

Read more from the BBC

More at: Review of the Mental Health Act

Ireland: An article in The Irish Times 2017 : Read More: Reform of mental health law should put the patient’s voice to the fore

Faster diagnosis from 'transformational' gene project

Scientists in Cambridge have completed the world's largest gene sequencing project in healthcare - which brings hope of better understanding of diseases and faster diagnosis. 
People with rare diseases, their family members and cancer patients took part.
Genomics England described the project as "transformational in what it means to society and humanity".
One in four participants with rare diseases received a diagnosis for the first time.
Until now, parents of children with rare genetic conditions typically spent years trying to find out the cause.
The 100,000 Genomes Project has ended this "diagnostic odyssey" for many families, and in some cases, led to effective treatments.

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