April 10, 2015

Headline News Highlights (1st – 10th April)


Mental Health

Concern at rise in students seeking help
Irish Examiner, 10-April-2015
The number of third level student seeking counselling is increasing every year, but services continue to remain over stretched and underfunded, Kelly O’Brien reports.
When speaking out becomes the issue
Irish Examiner, 10-April-2015
Catherine Shanahan discusses the ongoing issues with recruitment for psychiatric nurses position in the Mental Health Services.

Comparing on Facebook linked to depression
IrishHealth.com, 08-April-2015
People who spend lots of time on Facebook comparing their lives to the lives of their friends may be at risk of developing symptoms of depression, new findings suggests.
EVENT REPORT: Youth Mental Health in Europe Conference on Continuity of Psychopathology to Continuity of Care – Venice, December 2014
The Irish Psychologist, 08-April-2015
A major international youth mental health conference took place in Venice in December and brought together key international mental health researchers and policy makers.
Good mental health event targets teens
Independent.ie, 04-April-2015
More than 100 young people attended a recent Youth Mental Health Seminar in Bray organised by Bray Area Partnership in conjunction with local peer youth mental health group Be Well Bray.
Psychiatrists back nurses' concerns over unopened unit
Irish Examiner, 04-April-2015
Psychiatrists at Cork University Hospital have rowed in behind nurses in a row with management over health and safety issues at a new €15 million acute psychiatric unit that should have opened in January.
NUIG Psychiatry Society challenging stigma that surrounds mental illness
Galway City Tribune, 03-April-2015
NUIG Psychiatry Society is a newly formed student led organisation that aims to challenge stigma surrounding mental illness and promote mental well-being among the students on campus.
Mental health fund diverted
Galway City Tribune, 03-April-2015
The HSE West has conceded that around €6 million that was supposed to be spend on mental health in 2014 was actually spent on budget overruns elsewhere in the system.
France 'to outlaw anorexic models'
Independent.ie, 03-April-2015
Politicians in France have moved to make it a crime to use anorexic models or encourage anorexia in a crackdown on the glorification of dangerously thin women.
LAIs: Major advances in schizophrenia
Medical Independent, 02-April-2015
Dr Luiz Dractcu, a Consultant Psychiatrist in the Maudsley Hospital, South London visited Ireland last month to talk about major advancements in the treatment of schizophrenia.
Reality, 01-April-2015
Owen Finnegan talks about his experience with mental illness, and how the silence and stigma around mental health can stop people from reaching out and seeking help.

Suicide prevention counselling centre to open in Skibbereen (Might be too short)
West Cork People, 03-April-2015
Lisheens House West Cork Suicide Prevention Service is opening a free counselling centre on Main Street in Skibbereen
Pieta event grows in popularity
Clare Champion, 01-April-2015
Pieta has reported a growth in popularity of the Darkness Into Lights walks. These are fundraising is a people’s event organised by local committees all over the country to raise awareness of suicide.