July 20, 2007

Mental Health  
Psychologists find chatting doesn't cheer girls up
Irish Independent (Mon, 16 Jul 2007)  IT'S not always good to talk, especially for teenage girls, new research suggests. Friendships that lend themselves to ruminating about problems may actually contribute to emotional difficulties, depression and anxiety. 
UK weighs re-classification of cannabis
RTE (Wed, 18 Jul 2007)The British government said today it would consult on raising the classification of cannabis to a controlled Class B drug, putting it back to a level with barbiturates and amphetamines.A Home Office spokesman said the drug's classification would be reviewed 'given the increase in strength of some cannabis strains and their potential harms.'
A mad approach to madnessIrish Examiner, Page 19, 18-Jul-2007 July is Mad Pride month, where a series of grassroots events happening around the world from Belgium to Ghana  encourage the reclamation of the word "mad", just as the Gay Pride movement has long re-claimed and rebranded the word "queer". Or as Mad Pride's founder, the late Pete Shaughnessy, put it: "Telling people I am mad is taking control of my mad- ness and accepting it. By reclaiming language I'm turning my prison into a fortress." Mad Pride started in Britain last month with a Bonkers Fest, including a cannon launch of bananas.  
POSTNATAL DEPRESSION IS TREATABLEEvening Herald, Page 12, 16-Jul-2007 A litany of child deaths by parents Tragic mother tried suicide before THERE are two forms of postnatal depression which generally start several weeks after the baby Is born.
 Mooney to row in behind Galway oarsmanGalway City Tribune, Page 15, 13-Jul-2007Mooney to row in behind Galway oarsman Mooney to row in behind Galway oarsman RTE star Derek Mooney has rowed in behind one Galwayman's efforts to raise €150,000 for charity by sailing across the Atlantic.  
Detentions revoked by consultants
Irish Medical Times, Page 5, 13-Jul-2007
More involuntarily detain ed psychiatric patients are still being released by consultant psychiatrists than by mental health tribunals, according to new statistics. Mental Health Commission figures show that since November 2006, when the Mental Health Act 2001 came into operation, until May this year; 872 patients had their involuntary detentions revoked by their consultant psychiatrist before they got the tribunal they were entitled to.  
One-third of adults report some form of alcohol abuse
Irish Medical Times, Page 25, 13-Jul-2007
One-third of adults report some form of alcohol abuse About 30 per cent of people have reported some form of alcohol use disorder at some point in their life, including 17.8 per cent who abuse alcohol and 12.5 per cent who are alcohol- dependent, according to a new US study. In the study, doctors analysed data from interviews con- ducted between 2001 and 2002 with 43,093 adults selected to represent the national population.  
Antidepressant warnings may reduce prescription rates among children
Irish Medical Times, Page 25, 13-Jul-2007
Antidepressant warnings may reduce prescription rates among children Regulatory warnings regarding the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviours appear to be associated with reductions in the number of antidepressant medication prescriptions among children and adolescents, according to a new report. In December 2003, the UK Committee on Safety of Medicines declared the risk- benefit profile of all selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants (as well as venlafaxine hydrochloride and mirtazapine), with the exception of f luoxetine, to be unfavourable for the treatment of major depressive disorders in children and adolescents. 
Big issues, little people
Irish Independent (Mon, 16 Jul 2007) 
Who am I, and where do I fit in the universe? These are very philosophical questions that we adults even furrow our brows over, but children as young as four in some schools are now pondering such conundrums as they learn their A,B,Cs and 1,2,3s. Advocates of a philosophy-based education system say it leads to grounded and well-rounded students, while others say it isn't real philosophy at all, but a form of sympathetic or intelligent conversation between adults and children.   

Suicide Prevention 

Sex case sparks alert over vetting
Evening Herald, Page 8, 13-Jul-2007
Sex case sparks alert over vetting By Alan O'Keeffe CALLS have been made for improved vetting procedures for those with responsibility for young people, following the resignation of a college lecturer convicted of attempted indecent assaults.  
A Kilkenny family have successfully sued a neighbouring man who sexually abused their daughter when she was a child, which they claim led to her death.  The landmark ruling was made this morning at Clonmel District Court.  
Health should be a priority all Ireland issue
Sinn Fein (Wed, 18 Jul 2007)Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson, North Belfast MLA Carál Ní Chuilín speaking after the new Executive's first North South Ministerial Council Meeting in Armagh yesterday has said that an all-Ireland approach to the provision of health care should be a priority. 
Offaly has highest suicide rate in the country
Offaly Express (Wed, 18 Jul 2007)She was commenting following the publication of stark suicide figures which show Offaly has the highest suicide rate in the country with 31.1 males per 100,000 and 7.1 females per 100,000 dying by suicide. 
Half of East Mayo inquests are suicides
The Western People (Wed, 18 Jul 2007) MORE than fifty per cent of inquests held in East Mayo over the past five years have involved deaths by suicide. The Coroner Mr Patrick O’Connor, at inquests in Swinford into deaths by suicide, described them as “the tragic untimely death of people by their own hand”.   
Acts against our nature? 
Irish Examiner, Page 17, 18-Jul-2007
Acts against our nature? Professor Patricia Casey  said Ireland has changed remarkably in recent years but one of m the most horrifying transformations has been what appears to be a dramatic rise in homicide-suicide cases.  
Calls for 'mental autopsies' in suicide cases
Irish Examiner, Page 1, 18-Jul-2007
Calls for 'mental autopsies' in suicide cases – The health authorities should fund "psychological autopsies" in suicide cases and particularly in murder suicides such as the triple deaths in Grangecon, it was claimed yesterday.   
Poor psychiatric services play role in murder-suicide cases 
Irish Examiner, Page 3, 17-Jul-2007
Poor psychiatric services play role in murder-suicide cases Poor psychiatric services play role in murder-suicide cases by Conor Ryan Recent high-profile suicide associated killings need to be viewed in the context of the country's poor record on mental health, according to the Irish Association of Suicidology.  

 

Mental Health Service  

180 freed from psychiatric units
Irish Independent (Wed, 18 Jul 2007) MORE than 180 people committed to psychiatric hospitals against their will have been given their freedom since new tribunals began just seven months ago, the latest figures reveal. 
Ahern backs legal recognition of gay partners
Eircom.net (Tue, 17 Jul 2007)
The Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said he plans to legislate for same-sex partnerships "at the earliest possible date" in the lifetime of this Government.  He said the Government was committed to providing a more supportive and secure legal environment for same-sex couples. 
Poor psychiatric services play role in murder-suicide cases 
Irish Examiner, Page 3, 17-Jul-2007  
high-profile suicide associated killings need to be viewed in the context of the country's poor record on mental health, according to the Irish Association of Suicidology. Yesterday's murder of two elderly parents by their adult son, who turned the gun on himself, comes two days after a mother in north Cork drowned herself and her nine-month-old son.  
HSE voices concern over disregard of regulations 
Irish Medical Times, Page 3, 13-Jul-2007
HSE voices concern over disregard of regulations HSE voices concern over disregard of regulations Psychiatric institutions are not complying with regulations issued by the Mental Health Commission on involuntarily detained patients, Irish Medical Times has learned.  
New 'Tabris' Counselling centre opens in town
The Argus, Page 16, 11-Jul-2007
A new counselling centre, the Tabris Counselling Practice has opened in Dundalk in recent weeks.   
HSE ads set to focus on mental health
Sunday Business Post, Page 25, 15-Jul-2007
The Health Service Executive (HSE), which took over the health promotion function from
the Department of Health, is to launch a cam- paign urging people to look after their mental health as much as their physical well- being. The details of the campaign are still being worked out through the use of focus groups. The HSE has already run eye-catching campaigns about issues such as smoking and sexual health.    

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