October 8, 2010

Mental Health

Logan leads mental health drive to beat recession blues
Irish Examiner (Saturday, 2nd October 2010)
Irish Eurovision winners Johnny Logan and Niamh Kavanagh are using their profiles to raise publicity for a mental health awareness campaign — particularly people suffering because of the recession. The musical pair joined forces as part of the Lean on Me programme, which is seeking to dispel the myths surrounding depression. The campaign was launched on European Depression Day.

Mental Health Service

100 children placed in adult psychiatric units
Irish Times (Thursday, 7th October 2010)
At least 100 children under the age of 18 have been admitted to adult psychiatric facilities this year despite a commitment by the HSE to phase out the practice. Figures released by the HSE last night show 43 children under 17 and 57 children under 18 were admitted to adult psychiatric facilities until the end of August this year. The HSE could not say how many children under the age of 17 were admitted to adult facilities.

Mental health services under threat
Connaught Telegraph (Tuesday, 5th October 2010)
Fine Gael TD John O'Mahony has learned that mental health services are under more threat in Mayo, with active consideration being given by management to the closure of further bungalow units at Aras Attracta in Swinford. Deputy O'Mahony said if the HSE follow through with this decision it would be another massive blow to mental health services in the county.

Call for mental health hospital facing closure to be replaced
Irish Examiner (Monday, 4th October 2010)
AN urgent call has been made for the building of alternative facilities to replace a Victorian psychiatric hospital, due for closure .in Kerry.

O'Connell opens mental health unit for teens
Irish Examiner (Saturday, 2nd October 2010)
Teenagers are suffering from anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis can be admitted to a specialist mental health unit which opened yesterday. Vulnerable youngsters at risk of suicide will be among the patients admitted to the Willow Grove Adolescent In-patient Unit in St Patrick's University Hospital, Dublin. An estimated 20% of teenagers in Ireland have a mental illness at any one time, with as many as one in 200 needing hospital inpatient care.

Mental Illness

Mental health discrimination found
Irish Times (Thursday, 7th October 2010)
People with mental health problems face widespread discrimination in the workplace, at home and from friends, according to a new study. The research, which was undertaken by Dublin City's University's School of Nursing on behalf of Amnesty International Ireland, shows that as many as 95 per cent of Irish people who have mental health issues say they have been treated unfairly because of their condition.

Irish Daily Star (Thursday, 7th October 2010)
A shocking 45 per cent of people do not want someone with a mental health problem as a friend. And the stigma and embarrassment surrounding the issue is stopping sufferers from seeking vital help, a new study claims. The survey, carried out for St Patrick's University Hospital, also showed that 65 per cent admitted they would discriminate against hiring someone with a history of mental illness as they may be unreliable.

Homeless face chronic health problems
Irish Examiner (Wednesday, 6th October 2010)
The shocking range of complex and chronic physical and mental health problems among Ireland's homeless community has been revealed in a snapshot health survey of homeless people in Cork and Dublin which was conducted among 537 Simon service users.

Mental illness to be focus of art exhibition
Connacht Sentinel (Tuesday, 5th October 2010)
An exhibition of a collection of diary drawings by Artist Bobby Baker will be launched at NUI Galway tomorrow. The exhibition will run until October 30, in Aras na Mac Leinn and the foyer of the Arts Millennium Building in the University. It is one of a number of events organised as part of Mental Health Week, October 10 to 17.


A fifth of teen boys are bullying victims
Evening Echo (Wed, 6 Oct 2010)
A fifth of teen boys are bullying victims.  Teenage boys who have been bullied are four times more likely to self-harm than their peers, according to a new study. The Irish centre for the Child and Adolescent Self Harm in Europe (CASE) study found that there was a strong link between being a victim of bullying and engaging in self-harm among Irish teenage males.

Issue of self-harm highlighted
Irish Times (Tue, 5 October 2010)
Up to 60,000 people self-harmed in Ireland last year, a conference on suicide prevention in Sligo heard today. The Irish Association of Suicidology (IAS) said casualty units recorded 12,000 cases. However, it estimated that the real figure could be five times as high. President Mary McAleese told the conference that suicide, attempted suicide and self-harming behaviour are a serious public health problem.

Suicide Prevention

Irish tour of 'Alive and Kicking Goals' visits Bray
Wicklow Times South Edition (Tuesday, 5th October 2010)
An Australian football team dropped into Bray recently as part of an Irish tour to highlight their innovative youth suicide prevention programme 'Alive and Kicking Goals' and to take part in a friendly football game with local GAA Club Bray Emmets. Broome Saints Football Club from Kimberley in Australia, developed the programme in response to the high level of suicide in the local young Aboriginal community.