April 27, 2012

Mental Health

Walking back to happiness as odd shoes worn to support mental health
Irish Times (Friday, 27 April 2012)
Hundreds of people braved the wind and rain to join the first Walk In My Shoes stroll around Dublin’s docklands yesterday. The campaign, by St Patrick’s Hospital Foundation, aims to reduce the stigma around mental illness and to raise funds to support young adults in need of mental health services.

Mental Health Problems

Cash fears see rise in men with anoxeria
Irish Examiner (Tuesday, 24 April 2012)
Financial fears and the recession have triggered a rise in the number of men suffering from anorexia.

Mental Health Service

An Taoiseach launches research on youth mental health in Mayo
Connaught Telegraph (Tuesday, 24 April 2012)
Research examining the young people, their families mental health experiences of and communities." young people, their families and communities has been published in Mayo for the first time.

New Care Facility Creates 100 New Jobs
North County Leader (Tuesday, 24 April 2012)
Local TD and Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly, officially opened a new purpose built 100 bed care facility for Highfield Healthcare last week. This new €35million mental health and care facility for older people is located adjacent to the existing hospital on the Swords Road, Whitehall.

Outdated mental capacity laws
Medical Independent (Thursday, 19 April 2012)
Ireland's failure to legislate for people with limited mental capacity is "a shocking disgrace" and an indictment of Irish independence, delegates at the IMO annual meeting in Killarney heard.

Psychiatrist wants improved antipsychotic monitoring
Medical Independent (Thursday, 19 April 2012)
A leading psychiatrist has questioned why the side effects of antipsychotic agents are so poorly monitored in mental health facilities.


UL student scoops journalism prize for coroners expose
Irish Independent (Thursday, 26 April 2012)
An investigation by a young journalist which exposed discrepancies in how coroners record suicides has captured the inaugural Vincent Doyle Award for Investigative Journalism.

Suicide Prevention

Clare 'needs suicide intervention centre'
Irish Examiner (Friday, 27 April 2012)
Clare 'needs suicide intervention centre A new suicide intervention centre is needed to cope with the significant increase in the number of Clare people expressing suicidal thoughts over a three-year period, according to support group Pieta House.

Support agency plans city facility
Irish Examiner (Friday, 27 April 2012)
A support agency which helps people with suicidal and self-harm tendencies is planning to open a new centre in Cork in the next six to 12 months. Joan Freeman, founder and chief executive of Pieta House, made the announcement at the Imperial Hotel yesterday.