February 26, 2010

Mental Health Service

Minister calls for rethink on recruiting in mental health
Irish Times (Thu, 25 Feb 2010)
The moratorium on recruitment of nurses to mental health services will have to be eased if the Government’s plans to reform the sector are to proceed, Minister of State with responsibility for mental health John Moloney said yesterday.

Drumming up headspace
Irish Times (Tue, 23 Feb 2010)
The Mental Health Commission yesterday launched a website and resource pack aimed at helping young people being treated by mental health services.

Mental Illness

Treatment guidelines to go 'on the couch'
Irish Medical Times (Tue, 23 Feb 2010)
Dr John Wallace examines the proposed changes in the draft criteria for the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Jennifer tells of her life with 'The Voices that Won't Listen'
Leinster Leader (Thu, 18 Feb 2010)
Tackling one of the most poorly understood mental illnesses which she has lived with all her life, Athy poet Jennifer Delaney launched a very special collection of her writings last weekend in Athy. Jennifer's poems give a raw and honest account of what it is like to live with schizophrenia.

Eating Disorders

Airbrushed image alerts 'good for adolescents'
Irish Examiner (Wed, 24 Feb 2010)
Introducing warning symbols on airbrushed body images to protect young people from developing eating disorders would be "a very welcome" development, a leading adolescent psychiatrist has said.

Eating disorder clinic to open in Cork next week
Evening Echo (Tue, 23 Feb 2010)
A centre, set up by the parents of teenagers with eating disorders — the first of its kind outside of Dublin — will be officially launched at its new premises next week.

Youth encouraged to help fight eating disorders
Irish Independent (Mon, 22 Feb2010)
Young people are being encouraged to take control and promote positive body images among their peers, in an attempt to help the thousands who are struggling with eating disorders.

Suicide Prevention

Focus on motivation in assisted suicides code
Irish Examiner (Fri, 26 Feb 2010)
New guidelines in England and Wales on whether a person is to be prosecuted for assisted suicide will place closer scrutiny on the motivation of the suspect, their chief prosecutor said.

Genetic mutations link with suicide in depression
Irish Medical Times (Wed, 24 Feb 2010)
Single mutations in genes involved with nerve cell formation and growth appear to be associated with the risk of attempting suicide among individuals with depression, according to a new report.