June 29, 2012

Eating Disorders 
Evening Herald (Saturday, 24 June 2012)
An increasing number of Irish women over the age of 50 are reporting with eating disorders. New research has identified serious evidence of the conditions associated with anorexia, bulimia and obesity.
Irish Examiner (Friday, 23 June 2012)
Images of celebrities before and after being airbrushed, slimmed, and enhanced are helping parents talk about body image to their children. 
Mental Health Problems
Irish Daily Star (Monday, 25 June 2012)
Daffodils, lauded by Wordsworth as a source joy, could be key in treating depression, says research from the University of Copenhagen.
Mental Health Service
Irish Examiner (Wednesday, 27 June 2012)
Children aged 16 or 17 should be able to consent or refuse treatment for a mental illness, a report calling for enhanced patient autonomy recommends. It is one of the key recommendations made in an interim report by a Government appointed steering group, set up to review the Mental Health Act 2001.
Fingal Independent (Tuesday, 26 June 2012)
A counselling service which offers help to mothers with post natal depression is set to expand its services in the Fingal region. 
Irish Examiner (Monday, 25 June 2012)
A ground-breaking mental health unit in the country's most notorious jail has greatly improved care for inmates and boosted compliance with international human rights standards.
Suicide Prevention
Irish Examiner (Monday, 25 June 2012)
A series of nationwide meetings aimed at tackling suicide is being organised by Senator John Gilroy, who has been asked by the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children to help formulate ways of reducing the number of suicides in the country. 
Irish Examiner 9Thursday, 28 June 2012)
Suicide levels among young people in contact with the State's child protection services are almost 10 times the rate of those who are not. Dr Ella Arensman, director of research at the National Suicide Research Foundation, described the findings as "extremely worrying".