January 18, 2013

Mental Illness
Irish Medical Times (Thursday, 17th January, 2013)
Three-quarters of serious and recurring mental health problems begin before the age of 25, but current services and prevention strategies are not set up in a way that will maximise their effectiveness.
Irish Times (Thursday, 17th January, 2013)
A psychiatrically ill teenager who told doctors she wanted to kill herself before her sixteenth birthday is to have blood samples taken from her against her wishes following a High Court order.
Irish Times (Tuesday, 15th January, 2013)
Bruce Springsteen’s decision to take antidepressants was coloured by the fact that his father didn’t or wouldn’t. But it took a lot of psychotherapy for him to reach that point.
Mental Health Service
Irish Medical Times (Tuesday, 15th January, 2013)
An Expert Group reviewing the Mental Health Act 2001 is expected to produce its report by the end of March.
Evening Herald (Saturday, 12th January, 2013)
A leading media firm is in talks with FM104 to provide training in dealing with suicidal phonecalls.
Sunday Independent (Sunday, 13th January, 2013)
Why did FM104 choose to broadcast live the terrible torment of a poor devil at the end of his tether?
Irish Examiner (Friday, 18th January, 2013)
In showing sensitivity in discussing or writing about suicide a new danger seems to be emerging.
Irish Examiner (Friday, 18th January, 2013)
The Supreme Court has provisionally fixed Feb 19 to hear the appeal by a terminally ill woman against the High Court’s rejection of her challenge to the absolute ban on assisted suicide.
Suicide Prevention
Irish Examiner (Wednesday, 16th January, 2013)
A suicide prevention app launched today uses Google maps to pull together local information to provide easier access to helplines and websites.