November 18, 2011

Mental Health

Poverty has impact on mental health, says TD
Irish Times (Thursday, 17 November 2011)
Unemployment, debt and poverty were having a significant impact on people’s mental health, Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan told the Dáil. She said the Mental Health Commission had revealed something that was known anyway: recessions were times of high stress.

Most farmers would hide mental illness
Irish Independent (Tuesday, 15 November 2011)
Research has found that 57 per cent of Irish farmers surveyed would not want others to know if they suffered from a mental health problem.

Young people aim to boost mental health
Evening Echo (Monday, 14 November 2011)
YOU don't need to be beautiful to be a size 0 — that is one of the slogans being used on hoodies by a youth group's positive mental health campaign.

Mental Health Problems

Expert: Ban psych labels such as ADHD
Irish Examiner (Friday, 18 November 2011)
Renowned child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr Sami Timimi has be- gun what he calls an evidence-based campaign to do away with labels in the field.

New roadshow aims to tackle depression
Irish (Wednesday, 16 November 2011)
A new Lean on Me To Win roadshow, which will be touring the country next week, is hoping to promote positive mental health and encourage people to seek treatment for mental health issues if necessary.

Mental illness – the long, hard road to recovery
Irish (Friday, 11 November 2011)
Thirty-six year-old Damien Godkin from Wexford has a message of hope for those who may be cursing the darkness of mental illness and hoping against hope eventually to see some light.

Mental Health Service

Rise in first-time admissions
Irish Examiner (Friday, 18 November 2011)
Figures revealed by the Health Research Board  show that more than 6,000 people were admitted to psychiatric units for the first time in their life last year, the youngest of whom was aged just 11.

Fingal Independent (Tuesday, 15 November 2011)
The Junior Minister with responsibility for the mental health sector says moving the Central Mental Hospital to a greenfield site in Portrane is ' an important element in her overall plan to move forward at a pace the modernisation of our mental health services'.

Patient complaint led to HSE apology

Irish Examiner (Tuesday, 15 November 2011)
Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly says publishing details of investigations into complaints shows how the free, independent service can help people put a wrong to right. She was speaking after the release of reports into four successfully resolved complaints in the health and social protection areas.

Suicide Prevention

Intervening in time to prevent suicides
Irish Examiner (Friday, 18 November 2011)
Interview with Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House

Mishmash of values and rules at the root of suicide
Irish Times (Thursday, 17 November 2011)
There has been little research into the key cause of suicide in Ireland – the increasing lack of a framework of societal norms, writes Desmond Fennell.

Suicide intervention skills training for councillors
Western People (Wednesday, 16 November 2011)
The members of Westport Town Council have agreed to participate in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).


Drogheda Independent (Wednesday, 16 November 2011)
For the past few years Peter Moroney and his team at SOSAD have been those echoes of hope and inspiration to so many people. Now their efforts and experience could be about to save lives in Richmond, Virginia, USA.