October 1, 2010

Eating Disorders

Overeaters Anonymous gear up for information week
Evening Echo (Wed, 29th September 2010)
Overeaters Anonymous are holding their annual Public Information Week from October 11 to 15. The aim is to raise awareness about Overeaters Anonymous (OA)and the solution that it offers to people with eating disorders.

Mental Health

Minister to open Arklow Youth Health Week
Wicklow Times -North and South Editions (Wed, 28th September 2010)
This year sees the launch of the first Arklow Youth Health Week, October 4th to October 5th. To celebrate World Mental Health Week, the theme for 2010 is Youth Mental Health, 'It's Good to Talk.'

'Recovery and the Family' education programme
Connaught Telegraph (Tues, 28th September 2010)
The HSE's Mayo Mental Health Recovery Team in Mayo is organising a family education course 'Recover and the Family', as a result of relatives, friends and families who are attached to the service requesting more information and support.

Emotional wellbeing programme piloted in Galway schools
Connacht Sentinel (Tues, 28th September 2010)
The first dedicated mental health promotion programme targeting five to seven year olds has been successfully piloted in Galway with three schools taking part.

Mental toll for breast cancer partners
Evening Herald (Fri, 24th September 2010)
Men whose partners have breast cancer are more likely to be taken to hospital with mental health problems than other men, according to a new study. Researchers followed more than a million men and found those whose long-term partners were diagnosed with breast cancer were more than a third (39pc) more likely than those whose partner did not have the disease to suffer an affective disorder so severe that they needed hospital care.

Mental Health Service

Call for more funds for mental health
Irish Times (Thurs, 30 September 2010)
The budget for mental health should increase in the coming year, Minister of State for Mental Health John Moloney said yesterday. Speaking at a conference on counselling services for Travellers in Dublin Castle, the Minister said in the context of a €600 million cut needed at the Department of Health, he would be making a case for increased funding in the mental health area.

Sligo health services struggling at the front line
Nursing In General Practice (Thurs, 30 September 2010)
More than one in five of front line jobs in mental health services are not being filled in the Sligo/Leitrim area as a result of the Government's two-year moratorium on staffing.

Health sell-off falls short
Sunday Times (Sun, 26 September 2010)
Only €10m has been raised this year from the sale of surplus hospital lands, instead of the €30m-40m for which the state had hoped — threatening government plans to replace Victorian mental institutions with new community facilities. John Moloney, the Mental Health Minister, said the development of a network of community nursing units and sheltered housing would continue to replace facilities condemned as "unfit for human habitation" by the inspector.

Suicide Prevention

Stars lend support to suicide charily SOSAD
Sunday Independent (Sun, 26 September 2010)
The occasion was a glamorous fashion extravaganza in aid of suicide charity SOSAD (Save Our Sons and Daughters).  "Twenty grand was raised for such a heartbreakingly worthy cause," said organiser Amanda Kelvin.