March 23, 2012


Mental Health

Munster's O'Driscoll urges young men to discuss their problems
Irish Examiner (Friday, 23 March 2012)
Munster rugby player Mick O'Driscoll has urged young men to talk about their problems rather than keeping things bottled up inside. He urged people not to view suicide as a way out.

Stars step up to support mental health campaign
Irish Examiner (Friday, 23 March 2012)
A host of Irish celebrities are putting their best foot forward in support of positive mental health for young people. Walk In My Shoes is an initiative being launched today by St Patrick's Hospital Foundation, where people are urged to wear unusual or mismatched shoes on Apr 26 and make a €2 donation.

We're shy of talking about our problems (Thursday, 22 March 2012)
One quarter (25%) of adults in Munster said they would be embarrassed if people knew they were attending a counsellor or psychotherapist. This is according to a nationwide study undertaken by Behaviour & Attitudes for the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP).

Mental Health Service

More than 250 under-18s wait a year for mental health services
Irish Times    (Tuesday, 20 March 2012)
Almost 250 under-18s were waiting more than 12 months for mental health services at the end of last year, Health Service Executive figures show. Referrals to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) were up by more than 10 per cent on the same time in 2010.

Suicide Prevention

Demand for SOSAD'S services continues to grow
The Argus  (Monday, 22 March 2012)
The AGM of SOSAD (Save Our Sons and Daughters) heard that the demand for services continues to grow with evidence suggesting that SOSAD is making a hugely positive contribution to the communities in The North East.