March 30, 2012

Mental Health Problems

Keep children off anorexia sites says TD
Evening Herald (Monday, 26 March 2012)
It is the responsibility of parents to ensure their children do not access pro-anorexia websites, the Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland has said. Fine Gael TD for Dun Laoghaire, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, who is also a former school principal, told the Herald the association has "put the onus back on to parents".

Smoking 'risk factor in mental illness'
Metro Herald (Tuesday, 27 March 2012)
Smoking should be considered an 'important' risk factor for schizophrenia, a scientist has claimed. Professor Boris Quednow, from the University Hospital of Psychiatry in Switzerland, led new research suggesting smoking increases the impact of schizophrenia genes.

Living on your own linked to depression
Evening Herald (Friday, 23 March 2012)
People of working age who live alone are significantly more likely to be depressed, a study has shown. They are 80pc more likely to be taking antidepressants than people in any kind of social or family group, scientists found.

Headaches are linked to suicide attempts
Evening Herald (Friday, 23 March 2012)
People with severe headaches may be more likely to attempt suicide, according to a US study of more than 1,000 people. A number of studies over the years have found that people with migraines tend to have a higher suicide rate than those without.

Mental Health Service

Aware to beat the blues as Tesco Charity of the Year
Irish Examiner (Friday, 30 March 2012)
Irish charity Aware has been chosen as the Tesco Charity of the Year 2012 and 2013. Charity money raised by the retailer this year will go to fund Aware's secondary schools depression awareness programme Beat the Blues. And funds raised next year will support a new Life Skills programme, for people recovering from mild-moderate depression,

Nurses call off 'work to rule' after eight weeks
Galway City Tribune (Friday, 23 March 2012)
Psychiatric nurses at Merlin Park Hospital have suspended a 'work to rule after almost eight weeks in a bid to allow the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) time to resolve the industrial dispute at a new unit for young people.

High satisfaction with inpatient care
Psychiatry Professional (Friday, 23 March 2012)
A new national survey has revealed high satisfaction levels with inpatient mental healthcare. More than eight in 10 people who had been admitted to an inpatient mental health facility in 2011 said their experience was a good one, with almost 90% of those surveyed professing trust in their healthcare team.

Suicide Prevention

Social network users advised to challenge perceptions

Irish Times (Tuesday, 27 March 2012)
Cindy O’Connor, of Pieta House, said young people needed to learn to challenge how people portray themselves online and realise “everyone struggles”.

Tumblr to ban self-harm blogs
Irish Times (Monday, 26 March 2012)
The blogging website Tumblr is to ban blogs that promote self-harm. Up until now, users were free to post any content they wanted and could comment on content published by other users.