December 2, 2011

Mental Health

Local teacher's book to aid teens
New Ross Standard (Tuesday, 29 November 2011)
So What Do You Think?, a new book on teenage mental health by Clair Swinburne, a secondary school teacher from Gorey, has just been launched. The new book is geared towards Irish teenagers in an attempt to help promote their mental health.

Mental Health Problems

Warning as new varieties of cannabis linked to psychosis
Irish Independent (Wednesday, 30 November 2011)
A dangerous variety of herbal cannabis, which is threatening the mental health of users, is being developed here by Vietnamese growers.

50% more people seeking help for suicide and self-harm
Weekly Observer (Wednesday, 23 November 2011)
Pieta House, the suicide and self-harm crisis centre, has seen a significant increase in the number of people seeking help this year. In 2011 Pieta House has seen 2,000 people, which is 50% more than they have seen in the last 5 years combined.

Mental Health Service

Irish Independent  (Friday, 02 December 2011)
Ireland’s professional rugby players have made "significant use" of a counselling programme put in place by their representative body ERUPA to cater for possible mental health issues.

Progress' in child mental healthcare

Irish Times (Thursday, 01 December 2011)
Almost 300 vulnerable children and adolescents are waiting a year or more to be assessed by mental health teams despite official policies that emphasise the importance of early intervention.

Sod turned at new psychiatric facility

Fingal Independent  (Tuesday, 29 November 2011)
A new acute adult psychiatric unit to replace services historically provided in St Ita's Hospital in Portrane is edging ever closer. Health Minister and Dublin North TD Dr James Reilly turned the sod on the new facility at the Beaumont Hospital campus last week.


Research reveals shifting attitudes towards euthanasia
Irish Times (Thursday, 01 December 2011)
Almost 60 per cent of final year medical students in one Irish university are in favour of euthanasia, according to a new survey.

Suicide Prevention

Suicide prevention group urges against spending cuts

Irish Examiner (Wednesday, 30 November 2011)
The Irish Association for Suicidology has urged Government not to cut vital funding for tackling the issue as the number of people taking their own lives continues to rise dramatically.


Clondalkin News (Tuesday, 28 November 2011)
Minister for Health Dr. James Reilly approved a grant of €100,000 to enable Pieta House to continue its vital work. Deputy Derek Keating said: "I am delighted that this grant has finally come through."