January 9, 2009

Mental Health

New Year pledges can harm mental health
Irish Health (Sun 4 Jan 09)
Are you still keeping to your New Year resolutions four days into 2009?
Well, if your good intentions have already fallen by the wayside don't worry, as deciding to turn over a new leaf in the New Year could actually do you more harm than good. The UK mental health charity Mind has urged people not to feel they must start 2009 full of resolutions for improving their lives.


Irish parents among most protective in EU on internet use for children
Irish Independent (Sat 27 Dec 2008)
Irish parents are among the most protective in the EU when it comes to their children using the internet, according to a new survey.  The Europe-wide study found they are least likely to allow their youngsters to give out personal information online, talk to strangers, visit chat- rooms or use email or instant messaging.  They are also more inclined to limit the amount of time their kids spend online and to have rules stopping them from setting up a profile on a community site.



Mental Health Service

Cost audit of disability groups
Irish Times (Sat 3 Jan 2009)
The government is to review wages and costs in hundreds of non-government agencies and organisations that receive State funds to help people with disabilities and mental health problems.  The new review, which will be announced in early February, will look at the scope for greater rationalisation and improved efficiency within the disability services sector.


Judgment in psychiatric hospital case next week
Irish Times (Fri 2 Jan 2009)
Judgment in a case where a 69-year-old woman claims she is being illegally held in St Patrick's psychiatric hospital will be given next week in the High Court. Mr Justice Bryan McMahon said there were complex legal issues to be considered but he was conscious of the urgency of the Co Dublin woman's application.


New era of care fails to bloom
Irish Times (Tue 30 Jan 2009)
Instead of building a new mental health service to meet patients' needs, we are repeating many of the mistakes of the past, writes Carl OBrien, Social Affairs Correspondent



Suicide Prevention

Profiteering' probe into assisted suicide clinic
Irish Independent (Thu 8 Jan 2009)
Dignttas, the Swiss euthanasia clinic that has helped almost 1,000 people to kill themselves, is under investigation amid concerns it may be profiteering from vulnerable patients. Dignitas, which is supposed to be a non-profit organisation, is being forced to open its accounts to prosecutors and disclose how much money it is receiving from assisting patients to commit suicide.


Suicide and the Press
Connaught Telegraph (Tue 6 Jan 2009)
The role of newspaper coverage in cases of suicide was highlighted at a meeting in Portlaoise recently sponsored by the Press Council of Ireland, and which heard contributions from journalists, experts on suicide, and the Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for mental health, Mr. JohnMolony.


Suicide support group benefits from coffee morning
Clare Champion (Fri 26 Dec 2008)
A group of Traveller women in Ennis have come together to help raise money for suicide awareness. The group includes mothers and grandmothers who decided to fun- draise through a coffee morning in the canteen of Ennis Adult and Community Education Centre. They raised €379 in total, which they presented to Margaret Tierney, a representative of CONSOLE, the sup- port group for those bereaved through suicide.


Generous workers donate to charity
Lucan Echo (Wed 24 Dec 2008)
A Number of charities around the community were rewarded last week as part of an innovative charity scheme operating in a local company on the Nangor Road. Baileys – part of the Diageo Group – won the overall group's Perfect Plant Award and a number of internal Diageo awards, so in recognition of the efforts of all staff in making this possible, generous workers and management decided to celebrate by donating a massive €20,000 to 12 local charities.