NewsUrgent action needed on #Limerick mental health serviceBy Staff Reporter – July 7, 2016 830 LIMERICK Senator Kieran O’Donnell has called on the Minister of State for Mental Health Helen McEntee to redress previous governmental failings and do more to upgrade mental health facilities in the city and county.During last week’s Seanad debate on mental health, Senator O’Donnell highlighted the failure by the HSE to deliver the 20-bed specific mental health facility for children and adolescents at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) as recommended under the Vision for Change document a decade ago in 2006.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up And he brought to the Minister’s attention to the alarmingly high rate of deaths by suicide in Limerick.Speaking to the Limerick Post, Senator O’Donnell said that figures from the National Office for Suicide Prevention show that Limerick City had the highest suicide rate at 21 persons for every 100,000 of population between 2011 and 2013,.CSO data for 2014 showed that this had increased to 23 persons for every 100,000 of population at a time when the national average was ten.And while last year’s figures indicated a reduction to 16 persons for every 100,000 of population, it was still almost twice the national average.Senator O’Donnell said that while the figures in the City were alarming, County Limerick statistics proved incredibly worrying with the male rate of suicide increasing from 9 to 21 between 2014 and 2015.“26 deaths, 22 male and 4 female, by suicide were reported for Limerick City and County in 2015, which is a shocking figure and an increase of six on the previous year.Stating that more needed to be done in Limerick, he said he found himself attending too many suicide-related funerals in Limerick and witnessing the devastation it causes to families.“Some good work is being done under the national strategy to reduce suicide, but two further specific measures are needed to tackle mental health issues in Limerick.“I have asked Minister McEntee to progress the provision of a 20-bed specific mental health facility for children and adolescents, which was part of the recommendations in the Vision for Change document a decade ago .“It is inappropriate for children to be hospitalised in an adult ward at UHL. Child facilities are available in Cork and Galway, but parents may be unable to travel daily from Limerick and be with their children which is vital to their recovery process.“I have also asked the Minister to arrange for the establishment of a specific multi-agency task force to look into and prepare a specific report on the alarmingly high rates of deaths by suicide in Limerick and make recommendations on how to tackle this crisis”, he added.by Daragh [email protected] Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print Facebook Previous articleWater charge changes unlikely to fool EU – JanNext articleA world of fantasy and comics at University of Limerick Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Twitter Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSfeaturedHSEKieran O’DonnelllimerickMental HealthSeanadsuicide Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live
6. The total assessed valuation in Wellington went down in 2012, but may remain constant or improve with the inclusion of Wal-Mart on the tax roll in 2013. However, this may not be the case in the next four years. If Wellington has a lower assessed value as the previous year, how would you as a council member respond to the lack of tax revenue for the municipality?Weber: For the short run, I would make sure that we have enough money properly allocated to ensure the continuation of much needed city services. For the long run, I would try to entice new industry to move to Wellington by being supportive of them and fighting to keep local taxes as low as possible.7. Many believe Wellington has trouble promoting itself to outsiders. Do you believe as a tax entity, the city should initiate various promotional programs and if so what would you think they should be?Weber: The city has done many things recently to try and accomplish just this. Promotion of Wellington is extremely important because I thing we are on the verge of growth, and people need to know we are ready for it.8. Do you believe in tax incentives to lure in private business? If so or not, please explain.Weber: I believe that if we had a healthy national economy, incentives would not exist and should not exist. In our current situation however, we are competing with nearby towns to bring new business and industry. If we don’t offer them an incentive then Derby, Mulvane, or Winfield will and we will lose their business. Thus far, we have evaluatedincentives for businesses on a case by case basis, and I have been very careful to consider if the incentive would create an unfair advantage to any already existing business. 2. What is the main reason why you are running for Wellington City Council?Weber: I have been involved with the City Council for three years now, and am still loving it. I feel like my biggest contribution to the council is the unique perspectives that I bring to the table, and I would like to continue to do so in the future.3. Losing businesses is an ongoing concern to the community of Wellington. What do you as a city council member believe you can do to stop the exodus and enhance business growth?Weber: I feel like being a voice for the existing businesses and constantly promoting the ongoing search for more industry in Wellington are the most important things that I can do as a council member.4. The current Wellington City Council is studying ways to supply water to oil companies. What is your position on the matter?Weber: If Wellington Lake were full and water was not scarce, then I would not have a problem selling water for their use. I would never vote in favor of something that could possibly further jeopardize the city of Wellington’s water supply.The city treats its waste water at the rate of 1 to 2 million gallons per day, with a 10 million gallon holding pond. This water is obviously not suitable for drinking, but we could jack up the price and turn around and sell it to industry, which I am in favor of.5. Staying with water, because of the current drought, the water level is low at the Wellington City Lake. Do you favor other alternative water sourcing, or do you believe we should remain status quo on our water resources? Also, will you ever be in favor of water rationing?Weber: As a council, we have recently researched our options for expanding Wellington’s water resources. I am very much in favor of building new wells. This kind of project though, comes with a tremendous cost, takes years to accomplish, and we have only begun the process. I will always support projects like this as a council member.Unfortunately, if the drought continues and dries up our water, we will not be able to avoid rationing. At that point, we will do what we have to in order to make sure that everybody gets the water that they needed to survive. The good news is, we are still a long ways away from having to worry about having enough water to survive. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Chase Weber is a Wellington City Council incumbent running for one of six “at large” positions on the newly restructured board.Registered voters within the Wellington city limits can vote in this race which will have 15 candidates on the ballot. The top three vote-getters will receive four-year terms. The second three will receive two-year terms.Voters can vote for up to six candidates. They can vote for one candidate, two candidates, three, four, five or six – but nothing more.The city/school election will be held on Tuesday, April 2. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. at the Raymond Frye Complex. People can also advance vote at the Sumner County Clerk’s office.The following is a list of questions submitted to Weber.1. Tell us about yourself.Weber: I worked at Sumner Communications in various positions from 2000 to 2010. I was an owner of Walnut Valley Computer from 2011-2012. I worked for Cowley County Mental Health as an IT Director from 2011-2013. I am now the owner of Wellington Computer Services owner since 2012 and started Sunflower Psychological Services this year.I am also a network administrator Citizens Bank of Kansas administrator. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Wellington (pop. 8,575) – 11.8 cents/kWhAugusta (pop. 8,839) – 12.6 cents/kWhChanute (pop. 9,082) – 11.2 cents/kWhKingmon (pop. 3,145) – 12.7 cents/kWhWinfield (pop. 11,947) – 12.7 cents/kWh 9. The Wellington utility rates continue to be a concern to many citizens, especially the fuel adjustment rates. Do you believe they are reasonable and in line with other communities? Should the city make a change in the way it handles utilities?Â Weber: The City of Wellington participates in the Kansas Power Pool, which allows us to work with other cities around Kansas to leverage our cost of power production against Westar’s cost of production. This insures that Westar will sell power to us at least as low as the rate that we could produce it if we were working with the other cities in the Kansas Power Pool. At present, this is the most efficient resource we have in terms of electricity production. Our current rates have not increased since 2007, and here is a quick breakdown comparing rates: 10. What would you say is Wellingtonâ€™s biggest concern over the next four years?Weber: The biggest concern for Wellington is to gain industry of some kind in the next four years. A new industry would bring an influx of new people that would be felt all throughout the community. We would have new people shopping in our stores, new kids in our schools, and a new player to help increase the tax base.