March 19, 2014



Prison Service criticised over prisoner deaths

Irish Examiner,   17-Mar-2014

The Inspector of Prisons has strongly criticised the Prison Service regarding the temporary release of two vulnerable inmates who died soon afterwards — one by suicide and one in a tragic single-car crash.


Suicide rate not on the increase, says CSO

Irish Examiner, 14-Mar-2014

Data does not support the general perception that the incidence of suicide in Ireland is increasing, a senior official in the CSO has claimed.The CSO's assistant director general, Steve McFeely, said there was a danger that too much was being read into relatively small changes in suicide rates.


Hundreds more suicides 'not due to the recession'

Irish Independent, 14-Mar-2014

The recession may have contributed to hundreds of suicides, but it does not cause somebody to take their own life, an Oireachtas committee has been told.  Dr Ella Arensman, NSRF, said she investigated if the recession had impacted on the level and the trend of suicide and self-harm between 2008-2012.


Life-saving netting is proposed for bridges

Galway City Tribune,  , 14-Mar-2014

The Mayor of Galway has called on the city Council, the HSE and suicide awareness groups to consider erecting suspended "netting' on the side of two city bridges, where numerous people have taken their lives.


Senator wants suicide prevention moved to An Taoiseach's office

Evening Echo, 13-Mar-2014

A Cork Senator has suggested that the State's suicide prevention office be placed under the responsibility of the office of An Taoiseach.



Mental Health



Mental health pioneer is Cork Person of the Month

The Cork News, 14-Mar-2014

Joan Hamilton of Sli Eile in north Cork has been named Cork Person of the Month for her unique work and treatment for those suffering with mental health issues.


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

About Knocklyon, 13-Mar-2014

Obsessive compulsive disorder is a mental health condition where the sufferer experiences frequent, intrusive and unwelcome obsessional thoughts, and is the fourth commonest mental health condition in the western world, affecting around 2% of the population in Ireland.