January 22, 2010

Mental Health Service

Laois shortlisted for Central Mental Hospital
Leinster Express (Wed, 20 Jan 2010)
Laois has been examined as a possible location for the new Central Mental Hospital following the shelving of the controversial Thornton Hall site in Dublin. The site in Portlaoise is one of three locations – along with Dublin and Louth – which is believed to have been examined as a possible location for the new national facility.

Mental health facility for teenagers opens
Irish Medical Times (Fri, 15 Jan 2010)
A new six-bed private inpatient unit for children and adolescents with mental health difficulties has opened this month in Kildare.

Mental Health

Two thirds would hide mental problems from their employers
Evening Echo(Wed, 20 Jan 2010)
Two-thirds of workers would hide their mental illness from colleagues and employers, campaigners have claimed. Startling figures from the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability (Ahead) also showed one-third of employees would not feel comfortable working with someone who had depression or an anxiety disorder.

WIT students promote positive mental health
Irish Examiner (Tue, 19 Jan 2010)
Students at the Waterford Institute of Technology will take time out from the books today to jump on large inflatables and play giant board games such as Mega Connect 4 and Giant Twister to promote the WIT Students' Union Positive Mental Health Week.

UCC policy targets student mental health
Irish Medical Times (Tue, 19 Jan 2010)
University College Cork (UCC) has published a student mental health policy and has stated its commitment to supporting all of its students during periods of distress.


Aware: 'Depression visits every family'
Irish Examiner (Tue, 19 Jan 2010)
With more than 400,000 people in Ireland experiencing depression at any one time, Depression Awareness Week (DAWN) aims to reduce the stigma and raise awareness of the illness. Launched yesterday, the DAWN campaign hopes to create greater public awareness about the support information and education services offered by the depression support group Aware.