August 21, 2009

Mental Health

Fifth of children suffer mental disorders
Irish Examiner (Fri, 21 August 2009)
One in five school children in northern Afghanistan is likely to suffer from a psychiatric disorder, according to the first large-scale survey of children s mental health in the country. The Durham University led study found day-to-day violence and stress were as much the cause of the children's suffering as the war-related brutalities they witnessed.

Tipp 'rock the boat' performance breaks world record
Nationalist & Munster Advertiser (Thu, 13 August 2009)
Tipperary Racecourse has produced many great winners on the track but at the conclusion of its race meeting on Sunday last it delivered a new world record when over 800 people participated in Rock the Boat for Mental Health. Organised by the West Tipperary Mental Health Association, the aim of the world record attempt was to highlight the need to make mental health a national priority.

Suicide Prevention

Five-year-old treated after suicide attempt
Irish Independent (Thu, 20 August 2009)
Children as young as five are being treated for suicide attempts and self harm, while the dire economic situation has been directly linked to the sharp rise in people attempting to take their own lives. A prominent charity which deals with suicide prevention yesterday reported that it is now treating twice as many people as it was last year.

TD's appeal for families of psychiatric patients
Limerick Independent (Wed, 19 August 2009)
A Limerick TD has called for medical professionals to advise and consult with families of those at risk of suicide as there is mounting evidence that failure to do so is costing lives.

Initiative to provide help and support
The Argus (Wed, 19 August 2009)
A service that aims to provide support for those affected by suicide in Dundalk is to be launched next month, the Argus can reveal.

Suicide warning as farmers feel strain
Irish Independent (Mon, 17 August 2009)
Farm advisers have been told to be alert to signs of suicidal tendencies among farmers struggling with collapsing incomes and Government cut backs. Calls to a rural helpline have doubled since last year, with many coming from farmers in their 30s.


IMB advises against 'Seroxat' in pregnancy
Irish Times (Tue, 18 August 2009)
The Irish Medicines Board (IMB) has advised women who want to become pregnant and are taking the antidepressant Seroxat to discuss the risks and benefits of continued treatment beforehand with their doctor.

Concealment of depression a serious concern
Mallow Star (Thu, 13 August 2009)
Fine Gael Spokesperson on Mental Health, Dan Neville, T.D., expressed concern at the results of the recent Lundbeck Mental Health Barometer 2009 which shows that the concealment of depression continues to be a serious problem.


Smoking 'helps schizophrenics'
Sunday Times (Sun, 16 August 2009)
Smoking may cause  cancer but the nicotine in cigarettes can improve the lives of schizophrenics by boosting attention and memory, writes Gabrielle Monaghan. A chemical in the drug may help people with the mental illness to think more clearly and maintain their concentration, according to Ruth Barr, a psychiatrist who formerly worked at Queen's University Belfast, which has made the finding.