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Census: 29% rise in mental health issues

Psychological or emotional conditions rose by 27,511 to 123,515, in the five years to 2016

The number of people with a psychological or emotional condition rose by 27,511 to 123,515, an increase of 28.7%, in the five years to 2016, the latest census data shows. Between 2011 and 2016 the numbers of people with different disabilities increased across all categories. In all, 13.5% of the population has a disability.
The number of people with a disability increased by 47,796 between 2011 and 2016 and stood at 643,131 in April 2016, accounting for 13.5% of the population.  There were 331,551 females (51.6%) and 311,580 males (48.4%) with a disability.  Among those aged under 20, there was an increase of 11,828 persons (15.6%) with a disability since 2011.  This represented a disability rate of 6.7% in this group (up from 6% in 2011).
Up to one in ten persons below 45 years of age had a disability, rising to 20% by age 60. 

In April 2016, females comprised 118,151 (60.5%) of the country’s 195,263 carers, while there were 77,112 male carers.  There were 3,800 children aged under 15 providing care, accounting for 1.9% of all carers.  Over half of all carers (52.7%) were in the 40 to 59 age group while the greatest proportion of carers was in the 50-54 age group, which accounted for 28,703 carers (14.7%).  There was a 34.7% increase in carers aged 85 and over, where numbers rose from 1,318 to 1,776.  The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has published Census 2016 Profile 9 – Health, Disability and Carers.  The report shows that 87.0% of the population considered themselves to be in “very good” (59.4%) or “good” (27.6%) health.  There were 643,131 people, or 13.5% of the population, who indicated that they had a disability and the number of carers (people providing regular unpaid help for a friend/family member) increased by 8,151 (4.4%) to 195,263. 

In 2016, 87.0% of the population felt they had good or very good health, down slightly from 2011 when it was 88.3%.  Nearly six in ten or 59.5% of men felt their health was very good, compared with 59.3% of women.  The census results also clearly show the decline in general health with age, with 79% of 15-19 year olds in very good health, compared with 58.6% of those aged 40-44 and 31.3% of the 65 to 69 age group. 
Almost nine out of ten or 89.9% of people in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown indicated their health was very good/good - the highest in the country.  It was followed by Meath (89.6%) and Kildare and Cork County (89.5%).  Dublin City had the lowest percentage at 82.8%, with Cork City and Longford the next lowest at 83.6% and 85.3% respectively. 

The full report is available on the CSO website at Census 2016 -  Profile 9 - Health, Disability and Carers




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Timeframe for statutory registration


Draft regulations to designate the professions of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and to establish a registration board will be ready for submission to the Houses of the Oireachtas for their approval during the present session, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has told the Dail.


The Minister recently concluded a public consultation on  his proposal to regulate counsellors generally under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.


On foot of the consultation process, He has decided to proceed with the designation of two distinct professions under the Act, that of counsellor and psychotherapist. Each will have its own register under one registration board. This decision has been communicated to the Health and Social Care Professionals Council, the relevant professional bodies and all the respondents to the public consultation process.


Subject to the approval of the Houses, the next step will be the appointment of the 13 members of the registration board, following the submission of suitable candidates for the Minister's consideration, by the Public Appointments Service. The aim is that the registration board will be in a position early in the New Year to begin the task of drafting the various bye-laws to allow it to establish its registers.



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