June 19, 2009

Mental Health

Bullying of teen gays is widespread, study finds
Irish Times (Tue, 16 June 2009)
Homophobic bullying is widespread and must be tackled, Minister for Children Barry Andrews said yesterday. Speaking at the launch of a report on teenage mental health yesterday morning, the Minister said young people should be educated about the serious dangers of homophobic bullying.

Teens suffering from bullying 24/7, study finds
Irish Examiner (Tue, 16 June 2009)
Bullying has become an everyday part of life for teenagers, particularly in the school setting, a new report reveals. Their chief concerns are being judged on how they look and being bullied. The report, Teenage Mental Health: What Helps and What Hurts? found that bullying was raised by teenagers at every consultation venue.

Mental Illness

Many people have undiagnosed mental illness
Irish Times (Tue, 16 June 2009)
A study in China has found that as many as 173 million adults, about 13 per cent of the population, have some form of mental disorder, and 158 million of them have never received any professional help.

Mental Health Service

Concern for kids' mental health
Irish Medical Times (Mon, 15 June 2009)
The legal implications of admitting children to adult psychiatric centres have yet to be resolved, some three years after the full implementation of the Mental Health Act.

Central Mental Hospital may stop taking admissions
Irish Times (Tue, 16 June 2009)
Staff at the Central Mental Hospital say it will cease accepting admissions within a matter of days unless it is allowed to fill staff vacancies. Siptu, which represents the majority of staff at the institution, says the hospital currently has 25 vacant nursing posts and will not be able to cope with any admissions from next week.

Psychiatric care breaks law, claims Amnesty
Irish Times  (Tue, 16 June 2009)
The rights of people with mental health problems are being violated on a daily basis due to failures of psychiatric services, campaigners have warned. Amnesty International Ireland said yesterday that the State’s failure to modernise mental health services and the continued use of institutional care was in breach of international law.

Outcry after 2,000 assaults reported at mental units
Irish Independent (Tue, 16 June 2009)
More than 2,000 physical assaults have been recorded in mental hospitals and units run by the HSE in the past two years. Some 102 incidents of bullying and intimidation were also reported during the same period, while there were 76 com plaints of sexual harassment.

Suicide Prevention

The dark side of long days
Irish Times (Thu, 18 June 2009)
Fresh research points to length of day as an unexpected possible contributor to rates of self-harm and suicide, writes MARINA MURPHY

Abuse survivors at higher risk of suicide
Irish Times (Tue, 16 June 2009)
Experience of being abused in an institution could lead to anxiety over receiving nursing home care in later life, writes MICHELLE McDONAGH