April 23, 2010

Mental Health

Amnesty urges mental health action
Irish Independent Health & Living (Mon, 19 April 2010)
Amnesty International Ireland is asking people to take part in a new social media project as part of its mental health campaign. 

I love Jesus (but not in a gay way)
Irish Times (Wed, 21 April 2010)
Core Issues, a Christian initiative that encourages homosexuals to heal their ‘sexual brokenness’ through prayer and therapy is planning a ‘Leaving Homosexuality Celebration’ in Northern Ireland. FIONOLA MEREDITH writes…

Tree range' children better for society, conference told
Irish Examiner (Mon, 19 April 2010)
Society needs to rear children as "free range" rather than "battery", delegates to a conference on pre-schooling were told at the weekend.

Mental Ill Health

Postnatal care is poor, say mothers
Irish Daily Mail (Wed, 21 April 2010)
More than one-third of women are not happy with the standard of care they received when having a baby, a survey has revealed.

No clear proof of drug's role
Irish Times (Sat, 17 April 2010)
ANALYSIS: Antidepressant drugs cannot be blamed with certainty for the behaviour which led a student to stab one man to death and injure two other people before killing himself, writes MUIRIS HOUSTON.

Mental Health Service

Acute admissions to Wexford psychiatric hospital to cease
Irish Times (Thu,22 April 2010)
The admission of patients with acute mental health problems to St Senan’s psychiatric hospital in Wexford will cease next February.

Psychotherapy is needed long term
Irish Medical Times (Fri, 23 April 2010)
Dr John O’Connor argues that we need to put forward longer-term psychotherapy as an option for people within our mental health services in the Irish healthcare system

The missing link in co-ordinated action on mental health
Irish Medical Times (Wed, 21 April 2010)
People with mental health problems are still the most stigmatised group with disability, and it is time for the State to start delivering on its commitments, writes Colm O'Gorman

Council seeks meeting with HSE on future of St Brigid's
Dundalk Democrat (Wed, 21 April 2010)
Council seeks meeting with HSE on future of St Brigid's for cllr MDEE Town Council is to look for a meeting with the Health Service Executive (HSE) about the future of St Brigid's Psychiatric Hospital.


Suicide Prevention

Teen study: 13% had considered suicide
Irish Examiner (Thu, 22 April 2010)
Thirteen per cent of 16-19-year-olds in a rural town have contemplated suicide and 8% claim to have committed self-harm. The survey, conducted among a sample of 2,000 secondary school pupils, also focused on drink and drugs abuse among three different age groups. Carried out in Fermoy, Co Cork, the survey highlighted pupils' concerns about education pressures.

Study shows suicide risks
Irish Daily STAR (Thu, 22 April 2010)
Children who lose a parent to suicide are three times more likely to die the same way, according to the subject's largest ever study. Scientists say it is likely environmental and developmental factors, as well as genetic ones, are at work in next-generation risk.