September 26, 2008

Mental Health

Prevailing on wise counsel
Irish Times (Tue, 23 Sep 2008)
Counselling and psychotherapy is a powerful way of working with people in relation to the emotional, mental and psychological wellbeing and health. If it is used irresponsibly, it can cause much distress.

Mental Illness

Stigma must be addressed
IMT (Tue, 23 Sep 2008)
Ireland should launch a campaign to combat the stigma associated with mental health, according to a new report on psychiatric illness and the economy. The document, The Economics of Mental Health Care in Ireland, which was written by Eamon O’Shea and Brendan Kennelly of the National University of Ireland Galway, also called for more economic data to be routinely gathered about psychiatric services in the State.

Mental health problems cost €3 billion
Irish Times (Fri, 19 Sep 2008)
Mental health problems cost the economy more than €3 billion in 2006, or 2 per cent of Gross National Product (GNP), a new report has found.  Meanwhile, the percentage of health funding spent on mental health services has halved since the 1980s.

Suicide Prevention

Suicide strategy lacks funding
Irish Times (Mon, 22 Sep 2008)
Government aims to reduce the number of people taking their own lives are being undermined by a lack of resources for suicide prevention strategies, campaigners have warned.

10 times more funding for road safety than suicide
Irish Examiner (Mon, 22 Sep 2008)
Research has revealed that 10 times more money is spent on road safety than suicide prevention despite the fact 100 more people take their lives each year than are killed on the roads.


Men on antidepressants 'are risking infertility'
Irish Independent (Thu, 25 Sep 2008)
Millions of men who take antidepressants could be dam- aging their sperm and risking infertility.  The findings, described as "alarming" by one leading expert, suggest that commonly described drugs for depression can break up DNA in sperm. 

80% of students say they feel depressed
Evening Echo (Tue, 23 Sep 2008)
Almost 80% of young people have admitted it is common for them to feel depressed.  A Cork lecturer is campaigning for improved awareness on depression among students, as mental illness is leading to students skipping classes, binge drinking and self-harming.  New research has revealed that 79% of students believe it is common for young people to feel depressed. A national health education campaign 'Mind Yourselves', has been launched to provide support for the one in 13 students in Ireland believed to be depressed.

Why lawyers get depressed..
Irish (Sat, 20 Sep 2008)
Lawyers may be regarded by many as high earners, but they are not necessarily very happy about this, according to new research.