ALARMING new evidence has emerged of the mental anguish experienced by local people with the number of forced admissions under the Mental Health Act almost doubling over the past year
The number of patients detained under the Mental Health Act in the Southern Board, which includes the Dungannon District, has now risen from about four cases every week to six.
The latest figures released by the Department of Health reveal that the number of compulsory admissions to local psychiatric units jumped from 205 in 2011/12 to 308 this year.
The number of male patients forcibly detained rose from 123 to 184, and the number of female from 82 to 124.
A staff member at Craigavon’s psychiatric unit told the Tyrone Times that staff were at breaking point.
“We are under a severe amount of pressure due to the sheer volume of very ill patients being admitted”, she said. In addition, between April and June last year, a total of 359 self-harming patients were admitted to A&Es in the Southern Board Trust area, with a further 175 presenting with suicidal thoughts. Full story www.tyronetimes.co.uk