September 23, 2011

Mental Health
Fat children 'struggle to make friends'
Evening Herald (23 September 2011)
Children who are heavier than their peers at ages four and five are more likely to struggle socially several years later, according to a new study.  Researchers followed more than 3,300 children for about four years and found that heavy children were up to 20pc more likely at age eight or nine to have social difficulties and emotional problems.
Public health meeting stresses the importance of 'minding your mind'
Connaught Telegraph (20 September 2011)
Young people and their families in Mayo are being encouraged to help break the cycle of stigma that surrounds mental health problems by participating in a youth education day and community information meeting later this month.
Mental Health Service
Minister to meet consultants on closure
Irish Times (30 September 2011)
Minister of State for mental health services Kathleen Lynch is to meet consultant psychiatrists from the southeast next week to discuss the HSE’s planned closure of a 49-bed acute psychiatric unit.
'More resources' for mental health
Irish Times (29 September 2011)
IF IRISH society values care and support for people with mental health issues, it will have to commit to far greater resources to the area, a senior Health Service Executive official has said.
Refusal of Healthcare Centre seen as "economic blow" for Dungarvan
Dungarvan Observer (21 September 2011)
for Dungarvan Dungarvan Town Council hopes HSE has a 'Plan B' for development of Primary Healthcare Centre in town. It has been described as a major blow to the economic development of the town and a great disappointment to the Town Council.
Youth mental health plan to be published
Ballyfermot Echo (22 September 2011)
The Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has reiterated her commitment to youth mental health issues and is looking forward to the release of a public report on the issue.  The Dublin Mid-West public representative is welcoming the imminent report on mental health issues following the successful 'Working and communities, as this was a priority identified by the young participants at the Forum in Aras an Uachtarain." 

Children as young as 12 are sleeping rough in our city
Evening Herald (24 September 2011)
A Salvation Army centre in the city is widening its support for homeless teenagers by providing them with counselling as well as accommodation. The Salvation Army project was one of the €5,000 grant winners in this year's Dublin Bus Community Support Programme. The grant will help set up the counselling service.
Suicide Prevention
Pat Kenny leads 'life cycle' for suicide charity
Irish Independent (23 September 2011)
A TV star, former Olympic athlete, and numerous politicians got on their bikes yesterday to raise money for suicide prevention.  Around 50 people led by broadcaster Pat Kenny, Senator Eamon Coghlan and Lord Mayor of Dublin Andrew Montague, took part in a two-hour cycle in aid of charity Console.