February 24, 2012

Mental Health

Be body wise
Irish Examiner (Friday, 24th February 2012)
Bodywhys, the Eating Disorder Association of Ireland, has launched a resource pack for SPHE (Social, Personal and Health Education) teachers to help them to reinforce healthy body image and boost confidence in young students.

Conference bids to remove 'mental health stigma'
Irish Examiner (Friday, 24th February 2012)
Waterford County Council is to host a conference on mental health and suicide in a fresh bid to "help remove the stigma still attached to such conditions."

Irish people 'embarrassed' about counselling
Irish Times (Wednesday, 22nd February 2012)
Almost a quarter of Irish adults say they would be embarrassed if others knew they were seeing a counsellor or psychotherapist, according to a new survey  undertaken on behalf of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Gaelic players part of mental health partnership
Irish Times (Tuesday, 21st February 2012)
A new mental health partnership between Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, and the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) aims to encourage young men in distress to reach out for help.  The partnership, to be launched today, involves 25 county players trained to act as youth mental health advocates in their communities.

Many hands make light work for students
Irish Examiner (Tuesday, 21st February 2012)
Students who have been lending each other a hand and raising mental health awareness have reported a big change in their Dublin school. The Need a Hand project at St Joseph's College in Lucan is one of dozens developed by young people to improve mental health among their peers.

Mental Ill Health

Older mums more likely to be depressed
Evening Herald (Wednesday, 22nd February 2012)
Mothers who give birth later in life are at significantly greater risk of subsequent depression, a study has claimed.

Mental health helpline calls soar
Tipperary Star (Tuesday, 21st February 2012)
Calls to a mental health helpline soared by almost 60% last month. St Patrick's University Hospital said it heard from 213 people in crisis in January – compared to 134 in January 2011. Staff on its support and information line took a total 1,853 calls throughout the year.

Mental Health Service
Psychiatric services about to lose 43 staff
The Sligo Champion (Wednesday, 22nd February 2012)
Psychiatric services in Sligo/Leitrim are set to lose 43 positions through early retirement according to the Psychiatric Nurses Association. The representative body also says there are 22 vacancies in the service at present and that 53 people had retired since February 2011.

New mental health project launched in Rathmines
Southside People (Wednesday, 22nd February 2012)
Community Partnership and ESB Electric Ireland announced an innovative new partnership that will facilitate vital counselling for 85 people who are members of the Gateway Project.


80% of suicide victims were in touch with GP
Irish Examiner (Wednesday, 22nd February 2012)
More than 80% of people who died by suicide had been in contact with a GP or mental health service in the year prior to their death, a study has found.

Study shows 159 suicides in five years
Galway City Tribune (Friday, 17th February 2012)
Suicides represented 8,5% of the total number of 1,877 postmortem examinations that were conducted over a five and-a-half year period at University Hospital Galway.

Suicide Prevention

Suicide prevention charity to respond to deaths in Mayo

Connaught Telegraph (Tuesday, 21st February 2012)
Console, the national charity for suicide prevention and suicide bereavement, is hoping to extend their services to the May region in the very near future. The charity says there is an urgent requirement for Console suicide prevention services in Mayo and surrounding areas, especially in light of challenging economic circumstances.