August 26, 2011

 Eating Disorders

Needs of asylum seekers 'not met'

Irish Examiner (Tuesday, 23 August 2011)

Teams of specialists to provide psychological services to asylum seekers who suffer from complex mental health problems still have not been set up, as recommended by a 2008 report.


Mental Health


Big demand for mental health website

Irish (Tuesday, 23 August 2011)

A support website for people with mental health problems has experienced a major surge in demand over the last few months. is an interactive website aimed at helping people over the age of 18 who are suffering from various kinds of mental health issues, including depression, stress, bullying and anxiety.



Mental Health Service


Mental capacity law plans do not fulfil Ireland's obligations, say rights groups
Irish Examiner (Thursday, 25 August 2011)
Human rights experts have expressed serious concerns that proposed mental capacity legislation does not fulfil Ireland's obligations under international law. The purpose of legislation is to reform the laws for those who, due to illness, accident or intellectual disability, may have limited or reduced capacity to understand and articulate their needs and wishes in a legal context.


Children wait a year to see psychiatrist

Irish Independent Health & Living, Monday, 22 August 2011
More than 200 children and adolescents across the country are waiting for longer than a year to see a psychiatrist. Figures supplied by the Health Service Executive (HSE) show that 217 were on a list for 12 months or more while another 299 were waiting six months to a year. There are 377 on a list for between three and six months, 816 between one and three months while 1,617 were in the queue for a month.


Suicide Prevention


Project tries to tackle high rate of suicide
Evening Echo, Thursday 18th August 2011
A HIGH rate of suicide among young Travellers in Cork in recent years has led to a special mental health project being set up.The Healthy Minds project was set up in May, with the aim of preventing suicide among the Travelling community in Cork city and county.