April 8, 2011

Eating Disorders

Children aged 6 hit by eating disorders

Evening Herald (Monday, 04 April 2011)
The first large scale study of eating disorders in the very young suggests that three in every 100,000 children in Ireland and in the UK under the age of 13 have such a disorder.

Mental Health

Mental health expert dies, aged 54
Irish Times (Wednesday, 06 April 2011)
The death has occurred of psychotherapist and author Dr Áine Tubridy. Dr Tubridy, who trained as a medical doctor, is known for promoting a holistic approach to mental health, an area which she wrote about and taught throughout her career.

Mental Health Service

Central Mental Hospital signs first conditional discharge
Irish Examiner (Monday, 04 April 2011)
The 1st ever order for a conditional discharge from the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) has been signed under new legislation which allows for the recall of patients if strict rules are breached. The new law is an amendment to the Criminal Law Insanity Act 2006 and provides the Mental Health Review Board, which makes decisions on freeing patients referred by the courts, with the crucial option to discharge them with conditions attached.

Mental Ill Health

Teen readers can avoid depression
Irish Daily Star (Wednesday, 06 April 2011)
Teenagers who lock themselves in their rooms and blare music are eight times more likely to suffer from depression, according to a study this week. But reading instead means they are 10 times more likely to avoid the disorder, said US researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine.


Suicide rate at all-time high, says Minister

Irish Times (Friday, 08 April 2011)
Ireland’s suicide rate was the highest in its history, Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch revealed in the Dáil yesterday. She said provisional figures for 2009 indicated an increase of 4 per cent to 527, the highest number ever recorded.

Survey reveals suicide shock
Irish Daily Star (Thursday, 07 April 2011)
A new survey has revealed that almost one in ten Irish people {8 per cent) have had suicidal thoughts due to the financial pressure of not being able to provide for their family. The poll was carried out by itsfree.ie on 200 people aged between 25 and 45.

Suicide Prevention

Pieta House opens new centre
Southside People (Wednesday, 06 April 2011)
Ballyfermot local, Joe Duffy cut the red tape on a new outreach centre in Ballyfermot opened by Pieta House, the suicide and self-harm crisis centre last week.