Psychiatric trauma: the hidden toll of the Covid-19 Pandemic published in the Euronews. The link below introduces us to Psychiatry and the team of people who provide services for people with psychiatric, mental health, addiction in France. We in Ireland need to follow a similar model. Mental health in Ireland is the “Cinderella” … our budget allocation is far below allocations for other health areas and for psychiatric services in other EU countries.

…………..And Why I believe Royal City of Dublin hospital (Baggot Street hospital, Upper Baggot Street and Haddington Road) should become a medical centre of excellence, for mental health and especially post COVID-19 and the trauma caused which cannot be measured as yet.  Some people already refer to Mental Health (Deaths of Despair Sir Angus Deaton/Anne Case) as the second Pandemic.  If you pass by what was the section to do with addictions in Haddington Road, recently closed, you will see a tent, some person’s home – it is a shocking indictment that a person lives on a cold street – a street where 20 years ago a young man called Trevor Deely disappeared.

We have a duty of care as a society.  1980’s we followed the UK model.  The aim was care in the community.  Instead what we have is empty buildings and empty vacant spaces in people who deserve more.

Take a few minutes and explore how the French deal with mental health; yes they mention Stigma but they appear to be far more hands on and they recognise from the research already done, that mental health and addiction are a crisis happening at present but with a fall-out going forward for years.

One more point 39 A  Belfield to Ongar is due to run 24 hours. It passes Baggot Street hospital.

Search:  Royal City of Dublin hospital which spans a number of years of comments highlights the fall further from grace of what was once a training hospital for the doctors who went to the Crimea War.


*Michelle Clarke

The above has been sent to politicians and relevants bodies: recipients below

Wayne, Timmy Dooley,,,, Stephen Donnelly, Siobhan, Uplift,,, SageAdvocacy, Ruth Coppinger, Ross Maguire SC,, Reinhard Schaler,, Provost, Prof Jim Lucey, Prison Library Office,,, Price, Mollie,,, Policy Institute,,


Today we can relate to Emotional Intelligence but also the latest is Technology Intelligence In contrast to the COVID-19 pandemic the world is experiencing at present, the comparable Pandemic of 1918 is worth examination, not necessarily in detail but enough to realise mental health systems have improved. However we need more change, we need to remove the Stigma and we need proper care for those affected, knowing that there will be a fall-out from the impact of COVID-19.

Links which may be of interest

28th April 2020

Mind the Brain: How COVID-19 is a Unique Threat to Mental Health.

Steven Berkowitz, MD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Director, START Center
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

“…….Pandemics differ from other disasters in that they generally affect a larger number of people, threat to life is prolonged, and illness and mortality come in waves, not all at once. There is an erosive effect due to the constant and prolonged exposure to stress.

Although there have been recent pandemics such as Ebola and the “swine flu,” not since the Spanish flu has the United States experienced such widespread and virulent contagion. About 28% of the U.S. population was infected with the Spanish flu, with 0.81% dying. Unfortunately, there is little information regarding its mental health impact, except for some relevant data from Norway, where there was a 7.2-fold increase in first-time asylum admissions over a 6-year period post-pandemic. Symptoms described included sleep disturbances, depression, mental distraction, dizziness and difficulties coping at work. Furthermore, there were upsurges in cases of neurologic illness among a group of patients in recovery……”


“On the Shoulders of Giants”. What we can learn from the US?

……….Norred had battled schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. When using her medications, she was full of energy, cooking meals for her mother’s book club, or visiting her grandmother in an assisted living facility.

“She was happy, healthy, and productive,” said Elizabeth Frederick, her mother.

When in the throes of mental illness, the popular waitress was tormented by sleep-deprived paranoia.

Her obsessive behavior led to aggravated stalking charges and landed her in jail on April 2, 2017. During her three months behind bars, she grew agitated, argued with inmates and told staff she didn’t need her medication. A psychologist deemed her incompetent for trial and recommended a mental health facility. A judge eventually agreed…….

Before she could be transferred, Norred hanged herself……….

Please read the link. Mental health, the Cinderella, embodied with Stigma. What happens in the hospitals and prisons in America or the UK may dwarf our prisons, hospitals, mental health hostels but the illness is core and the horrors apply, maybe not to scale, but the details we should know and acted upon. Think of our homeless and mental health neglect. It is easy to shun a person when you come upon them in a distressed state. It does not have to end in suicide, or locked away in the Central Mental hospital, having murdered a perceived foe.

2017 diagnosed with breast cancer: So much life experience I decided that I would write book. Now appear to be a breast cancer survivor.

Published on Amazon

Fortune Favours the Brave by Michelle Marcella Clarke

Be watchful: Depression creeps into the mind…and can destroy. Depression Comix.

296 “No reason”

Published June 25, 2016 21 Comments



Japan: What can we learn? Deflation lasted over 20 years. A dangerous culture took hold in an economy with minimum economic growth; it was the crisis associated with young people yearning social isolation; that same social isolation that 2020 has imposed upon The World even as far as the Antartic. The question is when COVID-19 is eliminated by vaccines, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna which December 2020 has seen their release; we are awaiting AstraZeneca. The Russians have Sputnik V and the Chinese have Sinovac. We can be confident now but it is a long time before vaccinations are complete. It may even be 2022 before herd immunity in most countries is achieved. Anthony Fauci, adviser in the US has said, it may be closer to 85% which will be needed for “Herd Immunity”. This article is worth reading: We have the time at present but we must be prepared for that second epidemic – the roll out of what has, is, and will be, happening to the mental health of people throughout our world. This has yet to be encountered horrors in store over time. Let’s be prepared.

About michelleclarke2015

Life event that changes all: Horse riding accident in Zimbabwe in 1993, a fractured skull et al including bipolar anxiety, chronic fatigue …. co-morbidities (Nietzche 'He who has the reason why can deal with any how' details my health history from 1993 to date). 17th 2017 August operation for breast cancer (no indications just an appointment came from BreastCheck through the Post). Trinity College Dublin Business Economics and Social Studies (but no degree) 1997-2003; UCD 1997/1998 night classes) essays, projects, writings. Trinity Horizon Programme 1997/98 (Centre for Women Studies Trinity College Dublin/St. Patrick's Foundation (Professor McKeon) EU Horizon funded: research study of 15 women (I was one of this group and it became the cornerstone of my journey to now 2017) over 9 mth period diagnosed with depression and their reintegration into society, with special emphasis on work, arts, further education; Notes from time at Trinity Horizon Project 1997/98; Articles written for 2003/2004; St Patricks Foundation monthly lecture notes for a specific period in time; Selection of Poetry including poems written by people I know; Quotations 1998-2017; other writings mainly with theme of social justice under the heading Citizen Journalism Ireland. Letters written to friends about life in Zimbabwe; Family history including Michael Comyn KC, my grandfather, my grandmother's family, the O'Donnellan ffrench Blake-Forsters; Moral wrong: An acrimonious divorce but the real injustice was the Catholic Church granting an annulment – you can read it and make your own judgment, I have mine. Topics I have written about include annual Brain Awareness week, Mashonaland Irish Associataion in Zimbabwe, Suicide (a life sentence to those left behind); Nostalgia: Tara Hill, Co. Meath.
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