March 4, 2011

Mental Health

Drimnagh kids think big about mental health
Southside People (Wed, 2 March 2011)
Southsiders have been taking part in a new programme that challenges them, to come up with new ideas to improve the lives of young people in their community who are suffering from mental health problems. About 20 young people recording a film to be screened from the Club4U Youth Club based in the St John Bosco Youth Centre in Drimnagh have been engaging in Think Big, a joint initiative between mobile phone operator O2 and mental health organisation, Headstrong.

Psychological society offers 40 tips for top mental health
Irish Examiner (Wednesday, 02 March 2011)
The Psychological Society of Ireland has launched "40 tips for mental health, well-being and prosperity" which it has launched as part of a celebration of its 40th anniversary. Society president Mary Morrissey said: "These 40 tips offer sound practical and evidence- based suggestions for the fundamentals of life (the basics), purposeful daily routines and spirited suggestions for surviving the tough times."

Mental Health Service

ECT use most common in western counties
Irish Times (Tuesday, 01 March 2011)
New figures show significant variations in the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) across psychiatric hospitals in the State. Official statistics compiled by the Mental Health Commission show that under 400 patients received a total of 2,672 treatments of ECT in hospitals during 2009. A total of 40 patients were detained in hospital against their will. The remainder were receiving treatment on a voluntary basis.

Electric shock therapy 'enthusiasts' under fire
Irish Examiner (Monday, 28 Feb 2011)
Dr Pat Bracken, consultant psychiatrist and clinical director of mental health services in West Cork, said there was cause for concern for the "massive variations" in the use of electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) around the country.

More than a talking shop
Medical Independent (Thursday, 24 February 2011)
With the 2007-2011 Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children now dissolved, Priscilla Lynch examines the group's achievements.


Mental Illness
20% of over-50s have experienced depression
Irish Examiner (Fri, 4 March 2011)
One in five people aged 50 and older in Ireland have experienced depression but only 11% have been treated for the condition by a health professional, an expert on ageing revealed yesterday. The findings are from Ireland's most comprehensive study on ageing — the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing to be published in April. More than 8,000 people, ageds 50 and older have participated in the study led by Rose Anne Kenny, professor of clinical gerontology at Trinity College Dublin.

New birth will not cure pain of miscarriage
Evening Herald (Thursday, 03 March 2011)
Miscarriage can cause depression and anxiety that continues even after the birth of a healthy baby. New research shows women who have lost a baby are .more at risk of mental distress during a subsequent pregnancy.

Disturbed man can be detained
Irish Independent (Thurs, 3 March 2011)
A man who is disturbed but not mentally ill can be detained at the Central Mental Hospital (CMH), a High Court judge has ruled. Yesterday, Mr Justice George Birmingham said he was prepared to grant the HSE's "very unusual, if not entirely unique" application for an order to detain the man in the CMH. Experts agree the 25-year- old is very disturbed but not ill within the meaning of mental health laws, the court heard. The case was described by HSE lawyers as "one of the most significant adult disability cases in the history of the State".

Study links psychosis to use of cannabis
Irish Examiner (Wednesday, 02 March 2011)
Using cannabis as a teenager or into young adulthood increases the risk of psychosis, experts have warned. The experts, from Germany, the Netherlands and the Institute of Psychiatry in London, published their findings in the British Medical Journal.

Study highlights gene link in schizophrenia
Irish Times (Tuesday, 01 March 2011)
Having extra copies of a gene called VIPR2 is linked with a risk of schizophrenia, according to an international study that involved Irish scientists and patients.


'Huge' increase in self-harm cases among schoolgirls
Irish Times (Thursday, 03 March 2011)
Cindy O’Connor, clinical director and deputy chief executive of Pieta House, said there has been a “huge” increase in the numbers of girls in first year in secondary school being referred to their service.  Some girls found the transition from primary school to secondary school very difficult. Hormonal changes that accompanied puberty also contributed to the stress girls were under.

12,000 people treated at A&E departments for self-harm last year
Irish Examiner (Thursday, 03 March 2011)
"Beyond the 11,900 who presented in our 43 emergency departments last year are a further 60,000 who didn't seek medical attention," said Martin Rogan, Health Service Executive’s assistant national director of mental health, at a conference on deliberate self-harm in Dublin yesterday.