November 20, 2009

Mental Health

Websites offer advice to troubled teenagers
Irish Times (Tue, 17 Nov 2009)
Two new websites which offer practical advice to teenagers on issues such as depression, domestic abuse, parental separation and death, have recently come online.

Mental health concerns rise
Irish Times (Tue, 17 Nov 2009)
Community health nurses are growing increasingly concerned about the fragmentation of Irish society and the loss of defined community structures and supports, a new study carried out by a researcher at Waterford Institute of Technology has found.

The costs of separation
Irish Examiner (Mon, 16 Nov 2009)
More than a third of children lose touch with father after their parents split up, a British survey revealed today. The study of more than 4,000 people involved speaking to both parents and children about their experiences.

Debtor calls to helpline double
Sunday Tribune (Sun, 15 Nov 2009)
The number of people with debt problems who contacted the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (Mabs) helpline in the first 10 months of this year was almost double the number who called the service in the whole of 2008, new figures reveal. State-supported Mabs said people who are becoming financially crippled because of complex debt situations are increasingly suffering from mental health problems.

Wallabies line out for mental health
Irish Examiner (Sat, 14 Nov 2009)
The Australian rugby team is urging young people with mental health problems to talk about their problems and lookout for others. In the lead-up to the weekend's international test game, the Wallabies lent their support to a new website tackling youth suicide — — which first started in Australia.

Recession 'a burden on mental health'
Irish Times (Sat, 14 Nov 2009)
The fall-out from the recession has provoked new burdens on mental health, President Mary McAleese has said. Speaking at the College of Psychiatry of Ireland’s winter conference in Dublin yesterday, the President said more openness and understanding was key to changing attitudes about mental health.

Mental Health Service

FF parliamentary party meeting supports prescription charges
Irish Times (Fri, 20 Nov 2009)
The idea of imposing prescription charges on medical card holders was widely supported at yesterday’s Fianna Fáil parliamentary party meeting, which was addressed by Minister for Health Mary Harney.

Minister: Mental health plan at risk
Irish Examiner (Wed, 18 Nov 2009)
Minister John Moloney said there would not be "any point" being in his position next year if the Government does not provide adequate funding For implementing long awaited recommendations on mental health. Speaking before the Joint Committee on Health and Children yesterday, The Minister of State with Responsibility for Mental Health said the Government's "Vision for Change" programme would be imperilled unless sufficient funding is provided to implement its recommendations.

Minister to announce Central Mental Hospital site in January
Irish Times (Wed, 18 Nov 2009)
The new site for the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin will be announced early next year, Minister of State for mental health and disability John Moloney said yesterday.

Psychiatric unit to close
Western People (Tue, 17 Nov 2009)
A psychiatric day care unit in Castlebar is to be axed as part of HSE cut backs, writes Keith Bourke. The unit, located at the Sacred Heart Hospital, caters for 30 psychiatric outpatients.

Voiceless victims of the HSE
Clare People (Tue, 17 Nov 2009)
Relatives of people living in a residential hostel are outraged after a decision to move their loved ones from their home of seven years was taken without any consultation with them or their families. Family members of residents of Orchard Lodge said the first they heard about the closure of the mental health unit was through the local media.

Courts explore alternative to jail for mentally ill offenders
Irish Times (Mon, 16 Nov 2009)
A new project helps keep people suffering from serious mental illness out of jail, explains CONOR O’NEILL

Families cut back on visits to doctor
Irish Times (Tue, 17 Nov 2009)
Irish people are cutting back on visits to the doctor and on medicines – even prescribed doses – as a result of the recession, a new survey has shown.

Mental Illness

Unexpected depression
Irish Times (Tue, 17 Nov 2009)
Clinical depression in pregnancy can be equally detrimental for both mother and baby with higher risks of poor attendance at antenatal clinics, substance misuse, low birth weight and pre-term delivery, writes JUNE SHANNON

Cork Independent (Thu, 12 Nov 2009)
Cork Social Entrepreneur and Mad Pride founder John McCarthy describes his experience with cancer and cancer treatment, and contrasts it with his treatment for depression.

Antidepressant use on the increase
Irish Medical Times (Wed, 18 Nov 2009)
A marked and broad expansion in antidepressant treatment occurred between 1996 and 2005, although treatment rates remain low among racial and ethnic minorities
, according to a new report from the United States.

Depression among preschoolers may well continue into childhood
Irish Medical Times (Wed, 18 Nov 2009)
Depression among preschoolers appears to be a continuous, chronic condition rather than a transient developmental stage, according to new research.

Jobless more likely to be depressed
Evening Echo (Fri, 16 Nov 2009)
People recently made unemployed are four times more likely to say they suffer from depression than the general population. The revelation is contained in the 2009 Pfizer Health Index announced at the Royal College of Physicians Ireland today.

Suicide Prevention

Companies may be liable for workplace suicides, forum told
Irish Times (Wed, 18 Nov 2009)
Irish Employers could face compensation claims from the families of victims of occupation-related suicide if a plan being considered by the European Health and Safety Agency is put in place.

Pieta House extends its opening hours
Irish Times (Tue, 17 Nov 2009)
Pieta House, which claims to be the Republic’s only centre providing a therapeutic service for the prevention of suicide and self-harm, has announced the extension of its opening hours to cope with demand for its services.

Day of healing planned in Galway for those bereaved by suicide
Connacht Sentinel (Tue, 17 Nov 2009)
A DAY of healing for all those bereaved by suicide is being organised at the Galway Diocesan Pastoral Centre on Saturday. A National Survivors of Suicide day will take place throughout the world on the day with the organisation of simultaneous conferences.