June 17, 2011

Mental Health


Youngsters suffering mental health issues
Irish Times (Friday, 17 June 2011)

Four out of 10 young people suffer mental health problems after leaving state care, a study suggests. Empowering People In Care (Epic) found youngsters suffered low mood/depression, suicidal behaviour and anger management issues after trying to live independently.


Campaign aims to address mental suffering of HIV patients

Irish Examiner (Wednesday, 15 June 2011)

The burden of keeping the secret of living with HIV means people are increasingly experiencing suicidal thoughts, depression and low self-esteem issues, experts have said.


Attention needs to be paid to spiritual needs
Irish Times (Tuesday, 14 June 2011)

People with mental health problems often want to talk about the spiritual aspects of their lives and this is one reason why there has been a huge growth of research into the effects of religious practice on health, according to various speakers at the conference on Mental Health, Practical Theology and Spirituality at All Hallows College, Drumcondra.



Mental Ill Health


Does it work? Can saffron help depression?
Irish Times (Tuesday, 14 June 2011)

Since the turn of the millennium, studies have validated an anti-depressant effect in animals. As noted above, this led to six controlled trials of saffron being published since 2004. Most of these involved people with mild to moderate depression, although two involved patients with major depression.




Rise in male suicides linked to economic downturn

Irish Times (Tuesday, 14 June 2011)

Male suicides on the island of Ireland are on the increase, and research suggests a link between these and the recession. The figures have been published today by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) in a report – Facing the Challenge – The Impact of the Recession and Unemployment on Men’s Health in Ireland – to mark the beginning of Men’s Health Week.


Study reveals suicide 'cluster' in area of Cork

Irish Examiner (Monday, 13 June 2011)

Research by the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) found that between September 2008 and March 2010 there were 18 deaths by suicide in one area. Links between the deaths were only uncovered after interviews carried out by a special research team, the Suicide Support and Information System (SSIS).



Mallow Star (Thursday, 09 June 2011)

Speaking at the event 'Mental Health – From Vision to Action' in the Gresham Hotel in Dublin recently, Fine Gael TD for Limerick and President of the Irish Association for Suicidology, Dan Neville, warned of the huge impact the economic recession is having on mental health.



Suicide Prevention


People at risk of suicide have nowhere to turn, senator warns

Irish Examiner (Tuesday, 14 June 2011)

Concern over spiralling suicide rates in areas such as Glanmire and Mayfield in Cork city has led to the communities taking matters into their own hands to address the problem.


Suicide research cutback is shortsighted

Irish Examiner (Monday, 13 June 2011)

The Suicide Support and Information System (SSIS) is a pilot project carried out by the National Suicide Research Foundation. Now, after two years of cutting-edge research, the €75,000 annual cost is not to be renewed by the HSE'S National Office for Suicide Prevention.


Citywide poster campaign on depression part of new European suicide initiative

Limerick Chronicle (Tuesday, 07 June 2010)

Preliminary results should be available next year on a European- funded initiative aimed at containing the rates of suicide and self-harm in Limerick. For the first two weeks in June, Optimising Suicide Prevention Programmes and their Implementation is engaging in an awareness campaign around the city and posters on bus shelters and shopping centres carry the key message that depression can affect anybody and can be treated.