December 18, 2009

Mental Health

If the glass is always full . . .
Irish Times (Tue, 15 Dec 2009)
Society has a strict view of what a good mother should be, and women who have a drink problem are judged more harshly than men, which means women are slower to seek help when they need it, writes MICHELLE McDONAGH.

Mental Illness

When risks outweigh benefits
Irish Times (Tue, 15 Dec 2009)
Concern rises over finding the balance between positive and negative effects of antidepressants, writes EOIN BURKE-KENNEDY.

Mental Health Service

Alliance to seek mental healthcare for children
Irish Times (Wed, 16 Dec 2009)
THE HUMAN rights of almost 250 children were “shockingly violated” last year, according to a coalition of 38 campaigning organisations. The Children’s Mental Health Alliance said the inadequacy and inappropriateness of mental health services or children were destroying lives and leading to the deaths of some children

Number sleeping rough in Dublin falls, survey finds
Irish Times (Tue, 15 Dec 2009)
The number of people sleeping rough in Dublin has fallen. However, physical and mental health issues of those sleeping rough are increasingly complex and demanding, two reports published today indicate.

Why we should be mindful of youth mental health
Sunday Business Post (Sun, 13 Dec 2009)
Aoife (not her real name) was a typical Irish teenager – hardworking at school but a bit of a slacker at home, communicative with friends but more circumspect with family.

Suicide Prevention

One in ten callers to Galway Samaritans wanted to end their lives
Galway Advertiser (Thu, 17 Dec 2009)
One in 10 calls to the Galway branch of the Samaritans this year were from people who wished to end their lives.  That’s according to the charity’s annual review for 2009/2010. It reveals the Nuns’s Island based organisation received 40,000 contacts, including telephone calls, letters, e-mails and visits in 2009.

Taking pain into account
Irish Times (Tue, 15 Dec 2009)
An initiative seeks to promote more responsible reporting of suicide and mental health issues in the media. CARL O'BRIEN reports.