October 23, 2009

Mental Illness

One in 25 globally using cannabis – study
Irish Times (Mon, 19 Oct 2009)
As many as one in 25 people worldwide uses cannabis despite the negative health effects associated with the drug, according to a new study published in the Lancet .

Cost of delay is immeasurable human misery
Irish Times (Tue, 13 Oct 2009)
HEALTH PLUS: Delay in treating mental illness increases the risk of self-harm and the economic cost of recovery

Mental Health Service

CMH wins the top award
Irish Medical Times (Fri, 23 Oct 2009)
The Central Mental Hospital (CMH) in Dundrum was the big winner at this year’s Irish Healthcare Awards 2009, taking home the award for Best Hospital Project and the overall ‘An Duais Mhór’ trophy.

Nursing home restraint policy
Irish Examiner (Wed, 21 Oct 2009)
THE Mental Health Commission Has identified two cases in which a Clare nursing home allegedly breached regulations concerning the "mechanical restraint' of patients.

Headstrong invest €800,000 for new youth mental health initiative in Kerry
Tralee Advertiser (Fri, 16 Oct 2009)
Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health on Friday last announced that it will be investing €800,000, to support the development of a new youth mental health initiative called Jigsaw in Kerry.

Healthy reading and services directory to aid mental health
Nationalist & Munster Advertiser (Thu, 15 Oct 2009)
A 'healthy reading collection' and a directory booklet of the mental health services and supports in South Tipperary have both been launched to mark World Mental Health Week.

Suicide Prevention

Group issues appeal prior to abuse report release
Irish Examiner (Fri, 23 Oct 2009)
Leading support group One in Four has urged people to be on alert for possible depression in sex abuse survivors during the Dublin Diocese report furore, after two suicides were confirmed in the wake of the Ryan Report revelations.

24-hour helpline to reduce rate of suicide
Irish Times (Thu, 22 Oct 2009)
A new 24-hour suicide prevention helpline staffed by counsellors and volunteers has been launched to help reduce the number of people taking their own lives.

Call for suicide services audit
Irish Examiner (Wed, 21 Oct 2009)
AN immediate audit of all suicide prevention services is needed to uncover the "true failure" of Government to adequately tackle the issue, a leading charity has claimed. Speaking before today's launch of a dedicated 24-hour national help line specifically for people at risk of suicide, Turning the Tide of Suicide (3Ts) chairman Noel Smyth said the move was a vital step towards tackling an issue he described as "the scourge of Ireland".

Trafficked women at high risk of suicide, expert claims
Irish Examiner (Tue, 20 Oct 2009)
There is a "very high risk" that trafficked women will kill themselves if they are sent back to their own countries, a leading psychologist has said. Eimear Burke said all the trafficked women she had counselled either had suicidal thoughts or had tried to kill themselves at some point.

Eating Disorders

Guide for parents on eating disorders
Irish Times (Fri, 23 Oct 2009)
Concerned parents account for almost a quarter of the people who contact eating disorders association Bodywhys, it was disclosed yesterday. In response to the large number of queries from parents, Bodywhys has published a booklet offering information and support to the parents of those affected by eating disorders.

How the Government plans to tackle pro-anorexia sites
Irish Independent (Tue, 20 Oct 2009)
The Government says it is concerned about the growth of pro-anorexia sites and, although it cannot ban them, is trying to limit the dangerous impact they can have.


NUI Maynooth professor wins enterprise award
Kildare Times North (Tue, 20 Oct 2009)
NUI Maynooth scientist Professor John Lowry was recently announced as the winner of the prestigious Commercialisation Award 2009. The award was presented by Conor Lenihan TD, Minister for Science, Technology & Innovation at the Enterprise Ireland Big Ideas Showcase in Croke Park recently.

Schizophrenia costs close to €500m a year
Sunday Tribune (Sun, 18 Oct 2009)
The economic cost of schizophrenia could be almost half a billion a year, according to the authors of a new study on the condition. The study found that a six-month delay in treatment for the condition is resulting in an unemployment rate of 80% among those affected.