May 8, 2009

Mental Health


Children of same sex parents 'do just as well'
Irish Examiner (Fri, 8 May 2009)
Children raised in same sex families do just as -well as other children living with heterosexual parents, an Irish child expert has claimed. Co-director of the Children's Research Centre at Trinity College Dublin, Prof Sheila Greene, said there was no evidence that children in lesbian and gay families were experiencing the kind of problems that some people had predicted.


Ideas aplenty at innovation showcase
Irish Times (Thu, 7 May 2009)
Young people’s ideas on how to make the roads safer, tackle scams and make sexual education more accessible were exhibited in Dublin yesterday.  Protecting the environment, coping with suicide and combating poverty were other topics addressed by 3,500 students who attended the Young Social Innovators (YSI) showcase in the RDS.


Guiding people gently towards a happier life
Irish Times (Tue, 5 May 2009)
HEALTH PLUS: Systemic psychotherapy is distinguished by its respectful, collaborative approach, writes MARIE MURRAY


Major launch of new Mental Health Project
Northern Standard (Thu, 30 Apr 2009)
Castleblayney group, Partners In Learning, are busily engaged in making preparations for the launch of a major and all- important mental health initiative, the 'Reach Out' project, which will takes place at the lontas Centre on Tuesday 12th May next, at 10.30 a.m


Mental Illness


Bullying ups psychotic symptoms
Irish Health (Tue, 5 May 2009)
Children who are consistently bullied by peers appear more likely to develop psychotic symptoms in early adolescence, a new study has found. Recent studies have demonstrated an association between traumatic events such as abuse in childhood and psychosis in adults.


Mental Health Service


Acting on mental health
Irish Times (Tue, 5 May 2009)
The Wraparound project in Ballymun is taking a novel approach to young people at risk.


Social workers unsure of child's rights
Irish Times (Tue, 5 May 2009)
Social workers have expressed concern at the lack of clear guidelines over the detention of significant numbers of young people in adult psychiatric hospitals.


New support group for dissatisfied patients
Clare Champion (Fri, 1 May 2009)
A new Clare health support group has been set up to sup- port patients who are dissatisfied with their treatment within the Clare Mental Health Services, nursing homes or other local healthcare facilities, The Clare Champion has learned. Support Link is a new voluntary agency providing confidential non-judgemental advice, advocacy and assistance to patients and their loved ones who have complaints or issues with the care they received from any Government or private health care provider.


Suicide Prevention


Rugby star supports suicide group launch
Weekender (Sat, 9  May 2009)
Rugby star Shane Horgan attended the Meath launch of suicide awareness group SOSAD Ireland last week. The group's patron and Ireland and Leinster player from Bellewstown was joined by more than 100 people to mark the introduction of the service in the county, following its inception in Drogheda three years ago.


Young children treated for self harm
Irish Times (Thu, 7 May 2009)
Some 112 children had to be treated for deliberate self harm at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin, Dublin, over a five-year period, a new study indicates.
The children, who ranged from eight years upwards, were treated at the hospital between the years 2000 and 2005.


Double suicide prompts launch of teen helpline
Irish Independent  (Wed, 6 May 2009)
A  double suicide in one family prompted the opening of a new call centre and helpline for young adults in the country. The Teen-Line Midlands Regional Organisation – the second of its kind in Ireland – is based in the Cul le Cheile Centre, Portarlington, Co Laois, and will be opened this weekend.


Coroner fears suicide statistics may be inaccurate
Irish Times (Tue, 5 May 2009)
The Dublin City Coroner has expressed concern about the accuracy of suicide statistics, raising fears that the incidence of suicide may be greater than official figures indicate.




The devastating effects of arthritis
Irish Health (Wed, 6 April 2009)
Many people with arthritis cannot work, socialise, run their homes or play with their children, according to a recent Irish study. One in two people with arthritis can no longer participate in social activities they used to enjoy, and one in three are worried about how the condition has affected their appearance. Depression and anxiety are major issues for thousands of people with the condition.