October 22, 2010

Mental Health Service

Trust gives €3.6m to 50 projects
Irish Times (Fri, 22 Oct 2010)
Funding of €3.6 million was yesterday awarded by a charitable organisation to 50 projects helping people with disabilities and mental health issues to live within their communities.

Call for counselling specific to Travellers
Irish Times (Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010)
Culturally appropriate models of providing counselling services should be developed to cater for members of the Travelling community to help reduce higher-than-average levels of suicide. A seminar entitled “Suicide in the Traveller Community” organised by the Southern Traveller Health Network heard that an All-Ireland Traveller Health Study published last month found that Traveller men were seven times more likely to take their own lives than members of the settled community with suicide accounting for 11 per cent of male Traveller deaths.

Mental Illness

Money, cancer and depression
Irish Examiner (Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010)
Cancer patients suffering financial problems as a result of their diagnosis are at an increased risk of suffering severe depression. The risk of severe depression was four times higher among those suffering financial stress. The study will be presented at the second all-Ireland Conference on Population-based Cancer Research in Dublin today.

Suicide Prevention

Isolation and suicide 'serious problems' in farming
Irish Times (Thursday, 21 Oct 2010)
There is a “serious problem” in relation to isolation and suicide among Irish farmers, the third annual Women and Agriculture Conference in Kilkenny heard yesterday. There was a growing demand on helplines set up across the country to help farmers and rural people and there had been a huge rise in calls to the suicide helpline set up specifically for farmers in Cork and Kerry with the southern health services.

Lighting up lives ESB's €1m to halt suicide
Irish Independent (Tue, 19 Oct 2010)
Lighting up lives ESB's €1 m to halt suicide ESB has announced the provision of €lm over the next 12 months towards suicide prevention programmes and care for the homeless.

Troubled teenagers not seeking help for mental health problems
Irish Independent (Tue, 19 Oct 2010)
One-in-five 15-year-olds in Ireland is struggling with a mental health issue, which may involve suicidal thoughts, a major new survey reveals.But many troubled teenagers are not seeking or getting the necessary help. Parents are overwhelmingly the most common form of support for students, the study found, but not all teenagers share their concerns with them. And troubled teens don't make much use of helplines or access websites, such as those provided by youth organisations, which offer guidance.