March 20, 2015

Headline News Highlights (13th – 20th March 2015)

Mental Health

Loneliness as bad for your health as smoking
Irish Examiner, 20-March-2015
Older people’s charity Alone has warned that loneliness is as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Our mental health time bomb – Antidepressant nation
Irish Examiner, 19-March-2015
An Irish Examiner investigation today reveals the shocking state of mental health in Ireland, with almost half a million people being prescribed drugs for depression or anxiety.
Mental health: All talk and no action?
Irish Examiner, 19-March-2015
Counselling services for people with mental health problems can have waiting lists of up to six months. If you don’t want to be a slave to medication, Kay Cairns looks at your limited options.
The school for smiles as pupils give lessons in wellbeing, 18-March-2015
Wellbeing Week at Colaiste Bride, a 950-pupil girls’ secondary school in Dublin, highlight the benefits of smiling and mental health.
The secret lives of postnatally depressed dads, 17-March-2015
Recent research shows that a new baby can have an effect on the psychological health of fathers.
Father's depression affects toddlers, 17-March-2015
Fathers’ emotions affect their children and new fathers should be screened and treated for postpartum (postnatal) depression, just as we do for new mothers'.
France likely to pass bill banning ultra-thin models
The Irish Times, 17-March-2015
France’s government is likely to back a bill banning excessively thin fashion models as well as potentially fining the modelling agency or fashion house that hires them and sending the agents to jail, the health minister said on Monday.
Irish students are rewarded for promoting mental health
Irish Examiner, 16-March-2015
The efforts of two students to promote mental health have earned them the accolade of All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year.
CUH staffing issues delay psychiatric unit opening
Irish Examiner, 16-March-2015
The opening of a €15m acute psychiatric unit is now almost two months behind schedule after staff rejected proposals aimed at securing their agreement to transfer to the new state-of-the-art building.
Mental health needs are being overlooked
Irish Examiner, 16-March-2015
Nursing staff are refusing to move into CUH’s new acute mental health unit as its agenda is being driven by politics and economics, not patient need, writes Des McSweeney
Cannabis increases bipolar symptoms, 16-March-2015
People with bipolar disorder may experience an increase in their manic or depressive symptoms if they use cannabis, a new study has found.
Ambulance Ireland, 16-March-2015
It has been estimated that there is a rate of bipolar spectrum illness in general with the 8.3% of the population affected.
Mental health in GP out-of-ours service study details
Forum, 13-March-2015
Data collected on patients’ adherence to referral to mental health services will assist in developing and structuring a 24/7 mental health services in Ireland.


Console gets award in London for work with ‘forgotten Irish’
The Irish Times, 19-March-2015
Irish suicide prevention charity Console has received an award in the House of Commons in London for its work with the so-called “forgotten Irish” in the UK.
Pieta House plans US launch to help Irish
Irish Examiner, 18-March-2015
Pieta House is to launch a 12-month pilot scheme aimed at helping the Irish in New York to deal with suicide, self harm, and mental health problems.
An option for those contemplating suicide
Irish Examiner, 18-March-2015
John Fitzgerald briefly talks about contemplating suicide and how there are alternatives there.