August 24, 2012

Mental Health


Older fathers linked to autism and schizophrenia in children

The Irish Times 23/8/2012

Older men are more likely than young men to father a child who develops autism or schizophrenia, because of random mutations that become more numerous with advancing paternal age, scientists reported yesterday, in the first study to quantify the effect as it builds each year. The age of mothers had no bearing on the risk for these disorders, the study found.


Louth Comhairle Na nOg launch mental health app

Dundalk Democrat County Edition 21-Aug-2012

THE future is bright for politics in Co. Louth as the Louth Comhairle Na nOg launched an innovative technological application named "Be Positive, Be You", promoting positive mental health issues among the young people of the area. The campaign was launched at the County Hall with Louth County Chairperson Finian McCoy stating that he was "blown away while Labour Senator Mary Moran, who is a huge advocate of metal health, also attended.


Mental health illness issues on the rise in northeast

Irish Times 21/08/2012

The recession has led to an increase in mental health illness issues in the northeast region, according to Grow, the mental health help and awareness group. The group is planning to increase its services in the area as a result of heightened demand. Grow will start two regional groups in the northeast in September and will launch an awareness programme in October.

Childhood Obesity May Cause Fertility Problems

The Carrigdhoun, 18-Aug-2012

Childhood Obesity May Cause Fertility Problems Childhood obesity may result in the early onset of puberty and lead to a reduced ability to reproduce, according to scientists in the US.  They believe that the dramatic increase in childhood obesity in recent decades may have impacts that go beyond the usual health concerns – especially in females.


Psychological Abuse Puts Kids At Risk

The Carrigdhoun, 18-Aug-2012

Child abuse experts say psychological abuse can be as damaging to a young child's physical, mental and emotional health as a slap, punch or kick. While difficult to pinpoint, psychological abuse may be the most challenging and prevalent form of child abuse and neglect, according to researchers from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Psychological abuse includes acts such as belittling/denigrating, terrorizing, exploiting, emotional unresponsiveness, or corrupting a child.





Irish suicide prevention group to set up in London

Irish Times 21/08/2012

Irish suicide prevention charity Console is to expand its services to London, at the request of UK authorities. Console, whose 10th anniversary is this year, has been invited to establish a centre in London, which will open later in the autumn. Console founder Paul Kelly was approached by members of the Metropolitan Police who were concerned about the number of deaths by suicide.


32% of second-level students have suicidal thoughts

Irish Examiner, 20-Aug-2012

A new study has raised "serious concern" at the prevalence of suicidal thoughts among secondary school children. The research, published in the Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine said the relationship between parents and children is a potentially "critical" factor in preventing suicide.




Charity says 525 suicides may be 'tip of iceberg'

Sunday Independent, 19-Aug-2012

Latest official statistics which show there were 525 deaths by suicide last year in Ireland may be just the tip of the iceberg — and the real figure could be significantly higher, according to a leading charity. Paul Kelly of Console said that the official figures for 2011 were preliminary figures and did not take into account significant number of deaths that have yet to go through the Coroners' Courts.



Breen urges people 'not to suffer in silence'

Clare Champion, 17-Aug-2012

The number of deaths by suicide in County Clare has dropped to eight for 2011 according to statistics released by the Central Statistics Office. While the figures may be down on 2010, the ratio of men to women taking their own lives remains the same.







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