November 4, 2011


Mental Health

Lining up for an epic saga: 1,000 writers break story record
Irish Times (Thursday, 27 October 2011)
The jaded promotional line of “a story of epic proportions” rang true yesterday as a world record for the most people to write a single creative work was broken in Dublin.

Tipperary Hosts Hugely Successful South East Regional Art Exhibition
Tipperary Star (Thursday, 27 October 2011)
Artistic history was made at the Excel Centre Art Gallery, Tipperary Town, last week, when the prestigious, Lundbeck Art against Stigma South East Regional Art Exhibition was held for the first time in Tipperary Town.

Mental Health Service

Mental health patients locked up without toilet
Irish Examiner (Thursday, 27 October 2011)
Women in the Central Mental Hospital are locked up for 12 hours at night in cell-like rooms and have to ring for nurses to go to the toilet at night, an inspection report by the Mental Health Commission found.

Clondalkin to benefit from €1 million HSE investment
Clondalkin Gazette (Thursday, 20 October 2011)
Clondalkin is set to benefit from a €1 million investment by the HSE into Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, which is to roll out six new Jigsaw sites in Donegal, Offaly, Clondalkin, Tallaght, Dublin 15 and North Fingal.

Hire nurse graduates to address 'cutbacks tsunami'
Kerrys Eye (Thursday, 20 October 2011)
Newly-graduated mental health nurses from the IT Tralee should be employed by the HSE to slash overtime bills and prevent the service from being swamped by a 'tsunami of cut- backs', according to the Kerry branch of the Irish Psychiatric Nurses' Association.

Mental Ill Health

Depression can affect breast cancer treatment
Irish (Thursday, 03 November 2011)
A new study has found that certain factors increase the risk of depression in breast cancer survivors and these patients are less likely to take their medicines properly, which may adversely affect their treatment.


Doctor says alcohol implicated in 45 per cent of all suicides
Irish Times (Wednesday, 02 November 2011)
The founder of the Irish Association of Suicidology, Dr John Connolly, has said teenage suicide tends to be a more impulsive act, and that alcohol can lead to an increase in that impulsivity.

City fire crews deal with one suicide a week over recession

Evening Herald (Thursday, 27 October 2011)
A Dublin fire fighter has revealed there has been a huge rise in suicides since the recession hit. The officer, who wishes to remain anonymous, says financial worries, marriage breakups and custody battles are contributing to the tragic carnage across the city.

Suicide Prevention

Reach out to others before it's too late

Irish Times (Tuesday, 01 November 2011)
That’s men: Making the connection could prevent suicides. One of the saddest aspects of suicide is that the person who takes his or her own life often reaches out to other people, or is thinking of other people, at the time.

LET'S TALK Irish Examiner
In Business CSR Awards (Tuesday, 01 November 2011)
Interview with John O’Mahony, News Editor with the Irish Examiner’ on the success of their ‘Lets Talk’ supplements series on suicide, drugs and other important issues.

€35k for Pieta House
Clondalkin Echo (Thursday, 27 October 2011)
Pieta  House chief Joan Freeman has added yet another award to her cabinet after she scooped a Social Entrepreneur Ireland Award – along with a €35,000 prize for the centre.