February 3, 2014

Headline News Highlights (27th January – 3rd February 2014)



Mental Health



Mental health in the workplace

Irish Independent Health & Living, 03-Feb-2014

A question that we psychiatrists are often asked is whether those applying for jobs should disclose their illness to a prospective employer. There are understandable concerns that this information might impact on their chances of obtaining employment For those fortunate enough to have a job concerns are often expressed that this might stall their promotion prospects.  Under the 2004 Equality Act those with disabilities cannot be discriminated against. If a person with a disability is appointed then the employer must make "reasonable accommodation" for that person. 

Young children are already mindful!

Irish Independent Health & Living, 03-Feb-2014

Primary school teachers are introducing mindfulness therapy to pupils to improve their focus and promote calmness, The average human being has up to 70,000 thoughts a day.  Studies have shown it decreases stress in those who suffer from anxiety, depression, sleeplessness and agitation. It has also been shown to aid recovery in serious illnesses, while it also yields results for the able-bodied.


Children failed by staff shortages in mental healthcare

Irish Daily Mail, 31-Jan-2014

 More than 400 children are waiting more than a year for healthcare in mental health services.


Suicide Prevention


Clara Youthreach Students Raise Funds For SOSAD

Tullamore Tribune, 30-Jan-2014

Clara Youth reach Students raise funds For SOSAD The students at Clara Youth reach raised €543.84from their Christmas charity shop and have donated the money to the Tullamore Branch of SOSAD.  It is part of Clara Youth reach's "Think well, Keep well" ECO-Unesco project for 2013-2014 and it is one of a number of initiatives that Youth reach students will be involved in over the coming year in their efforts to promote health and wellbeing in their local community.


Elderly helpline struggles to cope with calls

Irish Examiner, 30-Jan-2014

Elderly helpline struggles to cope with calls  as 28,500 reach out as loneliness, cuts, fear and emigration take hold.  Cuts to services, loneliness, fear of crime, and losing loved ones to emigration has led to a huge surge in calls to a helpline for the elderly.