April 28, 2014

Mental Health


Rise in men with eating disorders

Irish Independent Health & Living, 28-Apr-2014

The widespread perception that only women have eating disorders is preventing men with these problems from getting the help and support they need, according to a new study. The study was carried out in the UK, but the rise in eating disorders in men is also seen in Ireland.


Warning on side effects of drugs for mental illness

Irish Examiner, 26-Apr-2014

Failure to monitor the side- effects of drugs to treat long-term mental illness is shaving up to 20 years off the lives of thousands of patients, according to a leading consultant psychiatrist.


Counselling service sees 33% rise in client levels

Irish Examiner, 23-Apr-2014

A counselling service in Co Kerry has reported a 33% jump in the number of people accessing its services and needing support in the past five years.Last year, the South West Counselling Centre in Killarney supported 1,510 individuals, an increase of over 200 on the previous year.  Dr Geraldine Sheedy, centre director, said more people were presenting in crisis and/or feeling suicidal.


Students 'stripped of mental health supports'

Irish Independent, 23-Apr-2014

An ASTI survey found that schools are now battling to cope with a large variety of student problems, ranging from cyber- bullying to depression and from suicide counselling to eating disorders and homophobia.  Over 60% of Irish secondary schools warned that the loss of guidance counselling resources had significantly impacted on student well-being.







Ballincollig News, 25-Apr-2014

The introduction of a new free 116 123 Samaritans number will remove any cost for people in distress to call the Samaritans.


Secret millionaire opens suicide prevention centre for the West

Clare Champion, 25-Apr-2014

The first suicide prevention centre serving people from South Galway and the West of Ireland has seen over 100 people since it opened last December. Secret millionaire, John Concannon of JFC Manufacturing, who was one of the main driving forces behind the fundraising campaign, officially opened Pi-eta House's first suicide and self-harm prevention centre in the Mid-West.


Right-to-die 'guidelines' not on cards

Irish Independent, 24-Apr-2014

The landmark ruling involving right-to-die campaigner Marie Fleming would probably "have to be reversed" to allow guidelines setting out what factors can be taken into account when prosecuting assisted suicide cases, according to a Supreme Court judge.


Suicide by 14 patients sparks probe of HSE care

Irish Examiner, 24-Apr-2014

A review is being carried out into the Mental Health Services after it emerged that 14 people have died by suicide in the past 18 months while under the care of the HSE in Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary.


Suicide prevention office roll out new initiatives as party of 'Reach Out'

Evening Echo, 21-Apr-2014

Suicide prevention office roll out new initiatives as party of 'Reach Out' The National Office for Suicide Prevention is developing an online 'one stop shop' for information about suicide prevention.  Gerry Raleigh, director of the HSE's National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP), met with members of the Regional Health Forum in County Hall in Cork and outlined their role in implementing 'Reach Out' — the Government strategy for suicide prevention.