September 16, 2011

Mental Health

Reaping the health dividend at work
Irish Times (20 September 2011)
One of the less obvious casualties of the recession has been the work-life balance debate. During the so-called boom years, there was a seemingly endless slew of articles and discussions devoted to the topic. With so many now struggling to hold down regular work or stay on top of their finances, priorities have, understandably, shifted somewhat.
Mícheál set to open Men's Sheds
Dundalk Democrat County Edition (13 September 2011)
LEGENDARY GAA commentator Micheal O Muircheartaigh will open the Men's Sheds project in Seatown this Thursday morning at 10.15am. The Kerry native will be joined at the opening ceremony by Barry Golden, from Men's Sheds Australia, as well as local politicians. Men's Sheds is a new social environment for men to come together to prevent them from suffering from loneliness. While there they carry out a range of work including projects like wood-turning, sculpting, gardening and much more. While working they talk about such sensitive issues as prostate cancer, depression, making a contribution to society and what it means to be male in 21st Century Ireland.

Mental Health Service

Irish 'being denied full human rights'
Irish Times (22 September 2011)
Irish people are being denied their full human rights across a number of areas including health, housing, education and religious expression, a coalition of human rights organisations and NGOs has warned.
Guide aims to help people complain about healthcare
Irish Times (20 September 2011)
An information pack on how to complain about health or social care services is now available to members of the public. The Healthcomplaints toolkit, launched yesterday by the Minister of State for Health, Róisín Shorthall, consists of a guide for the public, a leaflet, a poster, a staff training guide and a website address –
A conflict of interest?
Irish Times (20 September 2011)
Is public health compromised as a result of financial ties between the drugs industry and healthcare professionals? CARL O'BRIEN reports


Mental Ill Health

X Factor under fire over contestant's 'cruel' audition
Irish Examiner (21 September 2011)
THE X Factor has come under fire after devoting more than seven minutes of Sunday's show to a "cruel" audition featuring serial contestant Ceri Rees. The 54-year-old, who has auditioned four times, was shown struggling to sing in tune and was rejected by the judges.

Mental health survey results
Irish Examiner (20 September 2011)
MORE than one third of Irish people believe people with mental health issues are not to be trusted, while almost one in five considers them of low intelligence. A further 29% would not choose someone in that category as a friend, a disturbing new survey shows. Lack of acknowledgment of a mental health problem is the major stumbling block to recovery, say experts at St Patrick's University Hospital, which conducted the study.

Suicide Prevention

Secret Millionaire John spreads joy and happiness
Echo – Tallaght (22 September 2011)
Emotional scenes peppered the first episode of the Secret Millionaire on RTE on Monday evening as three west Dublin charities were surprised with cash donations, Galway businessman John Concannon paid a heartfelt tribute to the charities – Clondalkin Carers Association, St Marks Rangers FC and Pieta House – when he handed out the money. One particular charity which touched John was Pieta House, Centre for the Prevention of Self-Harm and Suicide, as one of his friends died by suicide some 25 years ago.