June 18, 2010

Mental Ill Health

High mental health stigma among farmers
IrishHealth.com (Fri, 18 June 2010)
Over half of farmers would not want others to know if they had a mental health problem, while one in four would delay seeking help for fear of someone finding out about it, a new survey has found. According to the findings, 57% of farmers would not want others to know about a mental health problem, 42% would hide a diagnosis from friends and 27% would delay seeking help for fear of someone knowing about it.

Evening Herald (Tue, 15 June 2010)
Smokers have long been thought to suffer from higher rates of depression and other mental health problems, and now a study claims that even people exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk — and more likely to be hospitalised for mental illness.

Mental Health Service

Fears for patients as psychiatric hospitals to close
Irish Examiner (Fri, 18 June 2010)
Vulnerable mental health patients could face early discharge or waiting lists for services if community care is not developed before the imposed closure of three old psychiatric hospitals, it has been warned. The Mental Health Commission yesterday ordered that three old hospitals — St Ita's, St Brendan's and St Senan's — long earmarked for closure should no longer admit new patients from February 2011.

Ban on new patients at three dilapidated psychiatric hospitals
Irish Independent (Thu, 17 June 2010)
Three psychiatric hospitals have been branded unfit for human habitation and ordered to stop admitting any more acutely ill patients. Dublin hospitals St Ita's in Portrane and St Brendan's in Cabra, and St Senan's in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, were criticised in a new report as having "extremely poor conditions".

Suicide Prevention

Boosting sense of value 'may help stop suicide'
Irish Times (Tue, 15 June 2010)
If a man has suicidal feelings, boosting his sense of being valued as an individual could help recovery, according to a report to be launched on Friday in Dublin.

Child suicides are linked to bullying
Irish Independent (Mon 14 June 2010)
Nearly half of suicides among 10 to 14 year olds in Britain are due to bullying, according to research out yesterday.

New suicide link to abuse
Irish Daily STAR (Mon 14 June 2010)
Teenage boys who attempt suicide are more likely to physically abuse their partner later in life, a new US study reveals. More than double the number of those who tried to take their own lives went on to injure their wives or girlfriends when compared to those who did not make any suicide attempts before the age of 18.