Mental health crisis down to govt neglect, Donegal TD says

first_imgThe government has been accused of failing people with mental health issues following a report released by the Mental Health Commission today. The Mental Health Commission has offered a damning indictment of mental healthcare services in Ireland in a report published on Thursday morning.The report, titled Rehabilitation And Recovery Mental Health Services In Ireland, notes that provision of mental healthcare for those in recovery falls well short of the recommendations laid out in the Vision For Change strategy document published by the HSE in 2006. Donegal TD, Pat the Cope Gallagher said the report showed a gross lack of funding and neglect by the current government.He said: “This follows on from the last four years when the mental health budget was either left unspent or funds transferred from it to other budget headings.“It is plain and simple this Government is not giving the appropriate level of support to mental health services,” added Pat the Cope.“People with severe and enduring mental illness are some of the most vulnerable in our community. Rehabilitation provides them with an opportunity to recover and regain a quality of life. “The Mental Health Commission’s report makes it clear that this opportunity is being lost and that the state is guilty of long-term neglect of people in need of services.“When the failure to provide basic services as highlighted in this report is matched with the withholding of €25 million in mental health funding it paints a picture of fundamental delinquency in our health services, it also shows clearly that the government are giving the adequate support levels to mental health in this country.“There is a clear failure of political will to ensure policy implementation and oversight,” stated Pat the Cope.“The HSE is accountable to the Minister for Health – he needs to instruct the HSE to put in place an action plan to implement mental health policy.“The current situation is completely unacceptable, and the Minister must take responsibility. “But, more importantly mental health service needs to get the attention and support they deserve and urgently need,” concluded Pat the Cope.Mental health crisis down to govt neglect, Donegal TD says was last modified: October 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Deputy Pat the Cope Gallaghermental healthMinister for HealthSimon HarrisWorld Mental Health Daylast_img read more

Takeaways: Joe Thornton is a perfect fit for the Sharks’ hole at 3C

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.SAN JOSE — Apparently, it’s Timo Time all the time in San Jose this season.Timo Meier scored two more goals Saturday, lifting the Sharks (7-4-3) to an overtime victory against the Philadelphia Flyers (6-7-1) by scoring just 13 seconds into the extra session. Meier also found the back of the net at 3:15 of the first, allowing him to break Patrick Marleau’s franchise record of 10 goals in 14 games to open a season (2010, …last_img read more

Hall of Famer Frank Robinson of Oakland dies at 83

first_imgFrank Robinson, a trailblazer who forged his own path from the playgrounds of West Oakland to baseball immortality, died Thursday after a long battle with bone cancer. He was 83.The Hall of Fame outfielder had been in hospice care for the past few months and passed away in Los Angeles, almost 45 years after he made baseball history by becoming its first African-American manager with the Cleveland Indians.Robinson is mostly remembered in the Bay Area for managing the Giants from 1981-84, when …last_img read more

Taking a nation’s health to heart

first_imgCooking from the Heart contains recipes from ordinary South Africans from a wide range of cultures. All recipes have been adapted by experts to be healthier.(Image: Cooking from the Heart)MEDIA CONTACTS• The Heart and Stroke Foundation+ 27 21 403 6450RELATED ARTICLES• Bridging the public healthcare gap• Getting Africa’s youngsters moving• Mandela’s chef publishes cookbook• The simple palate of Nelson MandelaRay MaotaSeptember is widely known as Heritage Month in South Africa, with the country’s multi-cultural makeup celebrated each year around this time, but it is also National Heart Awareness Month, and this year a recipe book that encourages healthy eating will be made available to help raise awareness on heart disease.Cooking from the Heart is a joint initiative between the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa (HSF) – an NGO that has been active in raising awareness on the subject of non-communicable diseases for 32 years – and Pharma Dynamics, a supplier of medicine for cardiovascular disease (CVD), to encourage South Africans to cook, and eat, healthier.CVD claims about 200 lives in South Africa daily, making it the second leading cause of death after HIV/Aids.More than just a cookbookCooking from the Heart contains recipes from ordinary South Africans that celebrate a wide range of cultures. Over 2 000 entries for everyday recipes were submitted for the initiative, and a team made up of dieticians from the HSF, with the help of food consultant Heleen Meyer, selected over 70 of these, which are featured in the book.The recipes were then adapted by the team, who modified ingredients like fat, salt and sugar in an effort to boost the nutritional value of the food to keep in line with the HSF’s healthy eating guidelines.Copies of the book will be distributed to the public for free, and through efforts endorsed by the National Department of Health, hospitals and other public institutions across the country will also be able to serve patients healthier meals based on the information contained in the book.“We’ve launched many initiatives over the years, but never one quite like Cooking from the Heart,” said Vash Mungal-Singh, CEO of HSF. “It offers the public a practical resource to tackle non-communicable diseases that are closely linked to poor diet.“We hope that everyday cooks will see how easy it is it to make favourites like potato salad or beef stew, healthier.”Also in the book are basic guidelines for healthy eating, ideas for healthy shopping on a budget and tips for reading food labels.“This book is a heart-friendly, multi-cultural, budget cookbook by South Africans, for South Africans,” said Paul Anley, managing director and CEO of Pharma Dynamics. She also founded the company in 2001.CVD on the riseThe initiative received praise from health minister Aaron Motsoaledi, who called it a bold and practical step against heart disease and stroke. Motsoaledi has been an outspoken advocate for healthier living among South Africans since taking up office in 2009.In an interview with The Times newspaper in July, he expressed concerns over the escalating costs of healthcare not only in South Africa, but globally, because of the public’s ignorance of the impact of unhealthy lifestyles.A statement released by Motsoaledi’s department in 2011 shows the conclusion of research done on non-communicable or lifestyle diseases by the UN, in which it was said that these diseases were expected to account for 69% of global deaths by 2030.“The idea of researching and publishing recipes that are both economical and culturally appropriate is an excellent way of creating awareness,” said Motsoaledi. “It is a concrete means for people in all communities to improve their overall health.”Mungal-Singh also quoted from the UN research and said that by 2030 the world body predicts that deaths of South Africans aged between 35 to 64-years by CVD will have skyrocketed by 40%.“Cardiovascular disease is a growing problem in South Africa as the intake of saturated and trans-fats, salt and sugar is on the increase,” she said. “Nutrition is a very important part of managing and preventing heart disease and stroke.”She added that another contributing factor to the rise in CVD cases was people’s misconception that a healthy diet is expensive, impractical or unappetising.“Cooking from the Heart will dispel that myth once and for all,” said Mungal-Singh.Practical toolMariska Fouche, public affairs manager at Pharma Dynamics, highlighted the significance of such a book in helping healthcare practitioners to do their work.“They don’t necessarily have the tools to teach people about healthier eating habits,” she said. “This book is a vital part of the HSF’s preventative toolkit to help tackle the looming heart disease and stroke epidemic in South Africa.”Research by the Medical Research Council and the Chronic Diseases Initiative in Africa using different people across the country, said Fouche, found that CVD patients received limited advice about adapting their diets from doctors at the time of their diagnosis.“They struggled to incorporate the little advice they did get into their everyday lives, meaning that they didn’t make meaningful changes to their diets, which had a negative impact on their management of their condition.”During September, HSF and Pharma Dynamics will be hosting free screenings for heart disease risk factors at shopping centres across the country and those who do get screened will get the book for free.“Screenings will include blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose testing and vital information about cardiovascular disease,” said Fouche.A further 57 000 copies are available at Clicks pharmacy outlets across the country.The Cooking from the Heart website also provides a free e-copy as well as information on where hard copies can be obtained, while a mobile site for smart phones is available at www.heartrecipes.mobi.last_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress — May 30, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Frequent rains bringing varied totals across the state kept many operators from plating and, in some cases, replanting corn and soybeans, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 1.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 28th . Rains interrupted planting or prevented the drying down needed for some operators to enter fields. Delays and drown-outs left the season in question for some growers. Corn in the ground was mostly in fair to good condition, reflecting the cold, wet weather’s effect on emergence. Winter wheat is in mostly good condition, but all crops would benefit from drier and warmer weather. Those conditions would also help hay producers, who also experienced a delay in cuttings. Pastures seemed to benefit from the wet conditions the most.82% of corn is planted while 62% of corn is emerged. Soybeans are at 54% planted and 35% emerged. 1st cutting of alfalfa is 43% finished.Click here to read the full report.last_img read more

Ohio Crop Progress — April 2, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There was less than 1 day suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 1, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Colder than normal temperatures kept pastures and crops behind typical progress to start the 2018 season. A wintry mix of rain and snow blanketed the State starting mid-week and resulted in higher than normal levels of precipitation and saturated fields. Tillage and manure hauling occurred in drier parts of the State early in the week. Soil temperatures remained in the mid to low 40’s throughout the State. Winter wheat condition was reported at 75 percent good to excellent despite recent weather concerns.This is the first weekly crop and weather report for the 2018 season. A series of weekly crop progress reports will be published each Monday at 4:00 p.m. ET throughout the crop season.These reports will cover planting and harvesting activities, crop development, weather data, and timely crop management information provided by farmers, USDA, and Ohio State University experts. For the earliest possible access, look for these reports on the internet shortly after the 4:00 P.M. release time.Click here for the full reportlast_img read more