March 3, 2014


Mental Health


Mixed schools could offer an antidote to anorexia scourge

Sunday Independent, 02-Mar-2014

Highly restricted access to boys only breeds insecurity and rivalry in all-girls' schools.  A report released last week seems to expose a "silent epidemic" of eating disorders among girls who attend high- achieving, fee-paying schools.


Majella funds depression coping course

Irish Daily Mirror, 01-Mar-2014

Majella The wife of crooner Daniel O'Donnell will fund and support a six week "stress control" course for depression sufferers.   She has' been an advocate for mental health awareness after revealing she had suffered from depression


I used thinspiration sites to fuel my eating disorder

Irish Independent, 28-Feb-2014

Andrea Weldon found herself addicted to the 'pro ana’ Lifestyle until the positive message of treatment won out.


Puberty link to eating disorders, says expert

Evening Echo, 27-Feb-2014

A therapist who specialises in eating disorders cited early puberty as just one reason for the rise in conditions like juvenile anorexia and bulimia.


Obesity plummets in school initiative

Ballyfermot Echo, 27-Feb-2014

Childhood obesity levels are nine % lower across seven Tallaght primary schools which participated in a targeted health project – "positive findings" which are to be considered by Government.


Government gets an 'E' for failing children's mental health needs

Irish Examiner, 25-Feb-2014

The Government has failed children with mental health needs, according to the annual report card issued by the Children's Rights Alliance which said the Government was repeatedly failing to meet its own targets.






Saddle up for suicide awareness

The Cork News, 28-Feb-2014

A Cycle Against Suicide University Programme launched in Cork is to be rolled out nationwide.  The scheme is part of Cycle Against Suicide, started by Irish entrepreneur Jim Breen, to raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available to anyone battling depression, self-harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.



New suicide support service for those in crisis

Nationalist & Munster Advertiser, 27-Feb-2014

The National Office for the Prevention of Suicide (NOSP) is to make a new free-call telephone number available for anyone seeking suicide prevention support.









Revised guidelines launched for reporting on suicide tragedies

Connaught Telegraph, 25-Feb-2014

The Minister of State for Disability, Equality and Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch, has launched a revised Media Guidelines for Reporting Suicide, produced by Samaritans and the Irish Association of Suicidology (IAS), at an event in Dublin.