October 29, 2010

Mental Health Service

Property collapse stalls reform of psychiatric units
Irish Independent (Saturday, 23rd October 2010)
The collapse of the property market is set to force hundreds of patients to continue to live in condemned Victorian psychiatric hospitals beyond the closure deadline promised by the Government, the Irish Independent has learned.

Pre-teen pressure
Irish Examiner (Fri, 29 Oct 2010)
The early onset of puberty could be a factor in childhood eating disorders, like anorexia, finds Arlene Harris Pre-teen pressure p EER pressure and a weight obsessed media have long been blamed for the increasing number of teenagers suffering from eating disorders.

Mental Illness

Scientists map human genetic variation
Irish Times (Wed, 27 Oct 2010)
Early data from the 1,000 Genomes Project, an international effort to build a detailed map of human genetic variation, is already offering new clues about human disease, including why some people are more severely affected by disease than others.

Stress in pregnancy linked to depression in children
Irish Examiner (Wednesday, 27th October 2010)
Women whose mothers suffered stressful events while pregnant with them are more likely to suffer from depression in later life, Irish researchers have found. The study, co-authored by Dr Aine Behan from the department of physiology at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), could help in the development of anti-depressant medicines.

Irish Daily Star (Tuesday, 26th October 2010)
"The blues" could help people to overcome depression and other mood disorders, new research suggests. Scientists  have found that exposure to blue light boosts activity in the parts of the brain that handle emotions. They believe the findings could explain why light appears to improve mood in both humans and animals.

Mental Health

Mote Park walk marks Mental Health Day
Roscommon People (Fri, 22 Oct 2010)
Roscommon Mental Health Association in partnership with Roscommon Sports Partnership organised the Mote Park 10k Walk entitled 'Be Active" and over 55 people of all ages walked cycled and ran the 10k route. The aim of the walk was to encourage people to be active to help build their resilience.