June 27, 2008

Mental Health

Illegal online pharmacies sell fake drugs
Irish Independent (Mon, 23 Jun 2008)
Up to 62pcof medicines purchased over the internet are either fake or substandard, a new report has warned. Included in the suspect batches are medicines to treat conditions such as car- diovascular and respiratory disease, neurological disorders, and mental health conditions. The findings are contained in the report of the European Alliance For Access To Safe Medicines (EAASM).


Teenage boys do not seek mental health help, study shows
Eircom.net (Sat, 21 Jun 2008)
Several factors, including concerns about confidentiality and a lack of understanding about the nature of depression, make many Irish teenage boys unlikely to seek professional help for mental health problems, a new study has found. The study, which was conducted during focus group discussions with boys aged 15 to 18 years at two Dublin second-level schools, found stigma around psychiatric hospitals also increased their doubts about seeking help.


Young people seen as secondary, group claims
Eircom.net (Sat, 21 Jun 2008)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Young people living in Ireland have problems engaging and participating in society because they feel they are regarded as a secondary force by adults, the founder of a national youth website has said. Ruairi McKiernan, of spunout. ie, said youngsters visiting the website say they are tired of being negatively stigmatised and that they want to be listened to and to get involved in what is happening in their lives, be it at home, in class, locally or nationally.


Solas launches website and newsletter in Falcarragh

Tirconaill Tribune (Fri, 20 Jun 2008)
On Wednesday last the Solas Team, fronted by people who participate on the Solas Mental Health Recreation project, officially launched the Project as well as their website and newsletter. It gave the community based rehabilitative mental health project the chance to show the community what it is exactly that they do there.



Mental Health Service


Seanad to hear mental health bill tonight
Evening Echo (Wed, 25 Jun 2008)
Cork senator Dan Boyle will introduce a private members bill on mental health to Seanad Eireann tonight. The bil
l proposes changes to the Mental Health Act 2001 and will be debated in the Seanad. The Mental Health Bill 2008 proposes a ban on psychosurgery and the forced treatment of patients with electroconvulsive therapy.



Suicide Prevention


150 suicides in Meath over a 10-year period
Weekender (Sat, 21 Jun 2008)
A total of 150 people took their own lives in Meath in the 10 years to the end of 2006, according to figures released by the Central Statistics Office. Of these, 121 (81pc) were male. The number of suicides in the county peaked at 22 in 2004, falling to 13 the following year and 10 in 2006, the latest year for which figures are available. The equivalent figures for neighbouring counties over the same 10-year period were 90 in Westmeath, 85 in Cavan and 115 in Louth. The figure of 150 suicides in Meath over the 10 years to 2006 is considerably higher than the previous decade's total of 81.




Diabetes sufferers in greater danger of suffering depression
Evening Herald (Thu 19 Jun 2008)
People being treated for type 2 diabetes are at increased risk of depression, according to a new report, and individuals with depression have a moderately increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. To explore the relationship between diabetes and depression, Dr Sherita Hill Golden at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore and colleagues analysed data on 6814 subjects who underwent three examinations between 2000 and 2005. Among 4847 participants without depression at the start of the study, the researchers report, rates of occurrence of depression symptoms during follow-up were similar for people without diabetes and those with untreated type 2 diabetes, but about twice as high in people being treated for type 2 diabetes.