Lots of great news stories this week and a lot of activity starting up around the issue of disability, mental health and the general election! All are linked below so have a browse about and see if there is anything you might want to lend your support to over the coming weeks.

Get On Board

Get on Board for Youth Mental Health is a call to action to get the issue of youth mental health on the political agenda – to get young people asking for it, to get voters voting for it, and to get candidates committing to it.

 

3-year appointment wait for neurology patients

People suffering from Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and potential brain tumours are being forced to wait up to three years for an outpatient neurology appointment.

 

Charity voices anger after MPs ‘mocked Tory with disability’

Speaker urged to investigate after Paul Maynard told Times some Labour MPs ‘pulled faces’ at him in apparent mimicry of his cerebral palsy

 

Children’s therapy services criticised

THE director of the Clare Crusaders Clinic in Ennis yesterday claimed that vital services from the HSE are not there for children requiring speech and language therapy.

 

The two sides of coping with depression

TIME OUT: Carers require equal attention and support, writes MARIE MURRAY

 

Dealing with Crohn’s, minus the moans

BEING DIAGNOSED with Crohn’s disease is a life-changing moment. Like any chronic disease, you will have good settled periods and uncomfortable flare – ups. And just like many long-term illnesses, coming to terms with the disease involves taking ownership of your illness and its treatment.

 

Featured Person: Stephanie Woodward

Meet Stephanie, who cites her study abroad experience in Ireland as a major influence on her identity as a person with a disability. Stephanie uses a power wheelchair for mobility.

 

Arthritis: the leading cause of disability in the US

If you were asked the leading cause of disability in America, what would your answer be? Consider your response carefully, as I can almost assure you that it is not any of the illnesses you are contemplating.

 

Bid to lift stigma of disability

STUDENTS are spending a week in a wheelchair to highlight the effects of disabilities on young people.

 

Death of cystic fibrosis campaigner

Cystic fibrosis campaigner Anita Slowey has died. She had been receiving treatment at St Vincent’s hospital, Dublin, when she died on Monday evening.

 

Singer Kavanagh vows to keep performing in spite of Parkinson’s

SINGER Richie Kavanagh has vowed to continue on in the entertainment business just weeks after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

 

The Disability Invisibility Cloak in #GE11

There is a danger when we do get to the ‘social’ aspects of the campaign that the issue of rights and position of people who are minorities or oppressed and disadvantaged in our society will be reduced to economic units.

 

What disability living allowance means to me – in pictures

From days out and football matches to visiting the mosque, and even just to buy clothes and food: the disability living allowance, or DLA, is a lifeline for many. As the consultation deadline on DLA reforms nears, clients at Scope’s Chingford day centre describe what the benefit means to them

 

NUI Galway Lifecourse Institute to Hold Political Debate on Policies on Older Persons, Children & Families & Persons with Disabilities

An event called Future Policies: Older People, Children & Families & Persons with Disabilities, A Lifecourse Institute Election Event will take place Thursday 17th February at 8 pm in the main lecture theatre Aras Moyola, North Campus.

 

Poor conditions at psychiatric units highlighted

A European investigation into conditions at prisons and psychiatric units in Ireland has uncovered a number of serious issues, including poor living conditions and high degrees of violence in some units

 

Ministers needs and special needs

Letter to the Editor, Irish Times

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