August 28, 2008

Mental Illness

Mental illness linked to genes, says expert
Irish Times (Tue, 26 Aug 2008)
Genetic studies are helping to piece together the puzzle of how our genes contribute to mental illness, and are paving the way for more personalised and effective drug treatments. That's according to an expert who was in Cork yesterday to address a major international conference.



Suicide Prevention


Suicide crisis: Four children took own lives last year
Irish Examiner (Thu, 28 Aug 2008)
Four children aged 14 or younger died by suicide last year. The children, three boys and a girl, were among 460 people who took their own lives in 2007, a death toll that represents a rise of 12% over the 409 suicides that took place in 2006.


Spiritual event on issue of suicide at festival
Irish Times (Mon, 25 Aug 2008)
The organisers of the Electric Picnic festival, which kicks off this Friday, are to highlight the issue of Irish male suicide during the three-day event.





Study reveals trend reversal as more men than women inflict self-harm
Irish Examiner (Thu, 28 Aug 2008)
More men than woman inflict repeated, deliberate self-harm on themselves in a reversal of previous trends in such behaviour, research has revealed. Dr Ella Arensman of the National Suicide Research Foundation said the research underlined the need to examine how effective treatment programmes are for men who repeatedly self-harm.