July 20, 2012

Mental Health 
Galway City Tribune (Friday, 13 July 2012)
A unique way of promoting positive mental health and reducing stigma was showcased at the Volvo Ocean Race last week by the HSE Mental Health Service in Galway, in conjunction with See Change. 
Mental Health Problems
Southside People (Wednesday, 18 July)
Incidences of suicide and self-harm have reached epidemic proportions in Ireland, most likely due to the on-going financial challenges many people face, the country's National Counselling and Psychotherapy Conference has heard.
Mental Health Service
Irish Times (Wednesday, 18 July)
Delivery of the State’s key mental health plan, A Vision for Change, has been “slow and inconsistent” a new report has found. The 2011 annual report by the independent monitoring group on the A Vision for Change strategy identified major staffing problems in the mental health services.
Irish Times (Tuesday, 17 July 2012) 
The opening of a special high support unit in Mountjoy has revolutionised the delivery of mental health services in the prison and is serving as a model that will now be implemented across the Irish penal system
Irish Examiner (Monday, 16 July 2012)
Inmates in the Dochas Women's Prison top the table, consuming almost €1,000 worth of prescribed drugs on average annually. The prison drug budget is spent on benzodiazepines to treat anxiety and drugs to treat depression, psychosis, HIV, and drug addiction. 
Irish Times  (Friday, 20 July 2012) 
Ireland’s suicide rate has been linked to the recession but people take their lives for a myriad of reasons, writes John Waters. 
Mid-Louth Independent (Wednesday, 18 July)
The region has one of the highest suicides rates in the country and groups helping people affected by suicide fear that the actual figures could be much higher.
Irish Times (Tuesday, 17 July 2012) 
Nearly four out of five people who died through suicide in a 2½-year period in Cork had been abusing alcohol in the year prior to their death, a major new report on suicide has found.
Wicklow Times (Tuesday, 17 July 2012)
The number of people in Wicklow who died from suicide last year was 17, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO). This number made the suicide rate in Wicklow1 2.4, which is an increase from 2010's 13.  
Connaught Telegraph (Tuesday, 17 July 2012)
The frightening spectre of suicide was debated in the chamber of Mayo County Council last week where Councillor Michael Kilcoyne, an undertaker by profession, maintained the suicide rate was treble or four times greater than a number of years ago.
Suicide Prevention
Irish Examiner (Thursday, 19 July 2012)
ICA president Liz Wall describes the new collaboration between the Irish Countrywomen's Association and Irish charity Suicide or Survive (SOS) as "a really good marriage". The two organisations have teamed up to raise awareness of mental health issues in communities around Ireland and to break down the stigma attached to mental ill-health.
Irish Examiner (Wednesday, 18 July)
A prisoner listener service is helping reduce self-harm and suicide among inmates, writes Noel Baker