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‘Fantastic facility’ in Tipperary supports the provision of positive mental health care

Vaseline 2 months ago

Despite the perception that there is no mental health support in Clonmel, there are fifty hospital beds, both long and short stay, available for psychiatric patients in the city.

This was stated in Clonmel last week by Mary Butler, Minister of State with special responsibility for mental health and older people.

However, the minister also acknowledged that “we always have to do more”.

She was speaking at the official opening of Haven House, an HSE mental health respite care center in Glenconnor, adjacent to the Tipperary University Hospital complex in Clonmel, which was completed and became operational just over a year ago.

Built at a cost of €3.7 million, Haven House is a single-storey, purpose-built facility with 10 private beds for single use, providing mental health service users in south Tipperary with support as an alternative to in-patient treatment in an acute psychiatric ward.

Such crisis support accommodation for south Tipperary was previously provided by the HSE’s mental health services at the nearby eight-bed Glenville House, which Haven House was built to replace.

At the very first meeting she attended as Foreign Secretary in Clonmel, Mary Butler said there was talk of setting up a crisis center in the city. She said that day that she would deliver and open that facility, and that’s what happened.

She stated that this “most fantastic facility” supported people to experience the most positive mental health care. “There is no health without mental health and recovery is possible,” she said.

Haven House is part of a significant investment in mental health care for people living in the community and people did better when a short-term intervention option was available, she said.

Minister Butler said that 411 people, 331 of whom were men, would die by suicide in Ireland in 2022.

“It is up to each of us to tell people that help is available. Please ask for help,” she said. She said there was no stigma about seeking help and urged people to reach out if they thought someone was in need and tell them support was available.

The Minister said: “The completion and commissioning of Haven House is the latest of the investments made over the past decade in the delivery of high quality and safe mental health care for people in the southern Tipperary area.

“This investment program included the development of mental health liaison services at Tipperary University Hospital; a new purpose-built community mental health center in Clonmel (and also Carraig Óir in Cashel); the establishment of two new mental health day hospitals in Cashel and Clonmel; the operation and financing of community mental health teams and home-based services; a purpose-built Later Life Psychiatry and Rehabilitation/Recovery Community Nursing Unit with 40 en suite bathrooms (Haywood Lodge) in Clonmel; a 12-bed high support hostel (Garryshane) in Clonmel and a nine-bed purpose-built residence with 24-hour nursing staff (Lorica) in Cashel.

“In addition to supporting the Community Mental Health teams, the core day-to-day staff at Haven House consists of a Nurse Manager, a Clinical Nurse Specialist, staff nurses, administration, catering and housekeeping staff.

“I congratulate everyone involved in making this project a reality and I know service users and their families will appreciate the wonderful facility.”

Mulcahy Construction began construction of the center in Glenconnor, Clonmel, in late 2021, as part of a project also involving Moloney/O’Beirne Architects, Duffy Quigley Chartered Surveyors and Frank Fox and Associates, Structural Engineers.

Martina Queally, Regional Executive Officer, HSE/Dublin and South East Health Region, said Haven House is a great example of integrated and enhanced mental health care. She praised the work being done for the community, while upholding the values ​​of trust, compassion and care and ensuring clients are treated with dignity and respect.