April 2, 2014



Samaritans launch new number

Northside People East, 02-Apr-2014

Samaritans launch new number SAMARITANS Ireland has launched a new struggling to cope.  The number (116 123) will make it possible for people to access the service round the clock, every single day of the year, free of charge.  The new free to call number has been made possible by a partnership between Samaritans and the telecommunications industry.


Woman charged with assisting suicide has case adjourned

Irish Examiner, 28-Mar-2014

A Dublin woman charged with assisting the suicide of another woman has had her case adjourned at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. She is the first person to be prosecuted under Section 2 (2) of the Criminal Law (Suicide) Act 1993.


Proposal to move National Suicide Office

Irish Medical News 28th march 2014

A new report has proposed that the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) should be transferred from the HSE Mental Health Directorate to the office of the Taoiseach.


North strife caused suicides

Irish Daily STAR, 27-Mar-2014

The first direct link between suicide and conflict-related trauma in the North has been established by University of Ulster (UU) research.  Those affected by the Troubles may be more likely to take their own lives Professor Siobhan O'Neill said.




Mental Health



Partnering Mental Health Services With Business

Business Plus, 01-Apr-2014

An interesting new work initiative that partners businesses and individuals living with long-term mental health issues has just been successfully piloted. It offers participants work experience as a means of gaining entry into the workplace, and it is the first time that such a business/mental health services partnership has been undertaken.


30pc of GPs fail to spot eating disorders

Irish Independent, 31-Mar-2014

MORE than a third of GPs have admitted they misdiagnosed an eating disorder such as anorexia in one of their patients.  And many doctors feel uninformed or that they don't have the skills to treat patients who have problems with food.


Failure to act on mental health would be unforgivable

Irish Independent, 29-Mar-2014

The findings of two recent reports, one from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the other from the European Child Safety Alliance, indicate that young Irish people are likely to be more at risk of mental health difficulties than their European counterparts and have higher suicide rates.


Stress can increase risk of later depression

Irish Independent, 28-Mar-2014

Stressful events in early life can significantly increase the risk of a person suffering depression as they age, according to researchers in Trinity College. The stress can lead to changes in our genetic expression, which can in turn be passed on to another generation, the team from the Institute of Neuroscience and Department of Psychiatry discovered.


Concert to highlight mental health

The Cork New, 28-Mar-2014

Youth Work Ireland Cork (YWIC) in association with Music Generation Cork City, the Mind Tour Head event at the Firkin Crane Theatre is to highlight the need for young people to get involved in their community, and through these activities, promote positive mental health.


 Abused 'prone to depression'

Irish Examiner, 27-Mar-2014

Analysis of more than 6,600 calls to a support line run by the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (Napac) in Britain found 47% had suffered depression in adulthood while 7% had considered suicide.



Mallow Star, 27-Mar-2014

Fine Gael TD for Limerick and President of the Irish Association of Suicidology, Dan Neville TD, has said that despite improvement in recent years, mere is still significant stigmatising of mental illnesses such as psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression.


Mental health facility agreed

Swords Gazette, 27-Mar-2014

A variation has been made to Fingal’s county development plan to make provision for the National Forensic Mental Health Service Facilities at Portrane.  This has been approved by Fingal County Council and will replace the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum.  The approval was welcomed by local TD and Minister for Health Dr James Reilly who says the HSE will now progress the work on preparing the application for submission to An Bord Pleanala.