October 3, 2008

Mental Health

Mental Health Foundation holds seminar
Evening Echo (Wed, 1 Oct 2008)
The Cork Mental Health Foundation (CHMF) will mark the day with a half day seminar in the Curtis Auditorium of the Cork School of Music.

Mental Illness

Simon urges more help for homeless in Dundalk area
Irish Times (Tue, 30 Sep 2008)
A survey of people using homeless and domestic abuse services in Dundalk has found that many are regularly returning to emergency accommodation because they have received no help to deal with problems such as addiction or mental health difficulties.

US kids more medicated than Europeans..
Irish Health.com (Tue, 30 Sep 2008)
Children in the US are around three times more likely to be prescribed mood altering drugs than children in Europe, the results of a new study indicate.

Hormone linked to bad behaviour
Metro (Tue, 30 Sep 2008)
Anti-social behaviour may be a form of mental illness, research suggested yesterday. Scientists at Cambridge University believe a reduced level of the hormone cortisol could be linked to adolescent males becoming unruly.

Mental Health Service

Most children put in adult psychiatric units
Irish Medical Times (Thu, 2 Oct 2008)
More than 60 per cent of cases in which children were admitted to psychiatric institutions this year involved them being put into adult units, according to the latest statistics.

Third of mental health budget was spent elsewhere
Irish Independent (Thu, 2 Oct 2008)
Less than two-thirds of the multimillion euro funding allocated to improve mental health services over 2006 and 2007 was spent doing so, because "competing expenditure pressures" meant it was used elsewhere.  Junior Health Minister John Moloney said that of the €51m provided for psychiatric services, they just benefited from €30m.

Government refuses to review mental hospital move to superprison site
Irish Examiner (Wed, 1 Oct 2008)
The Government said it would not review its decision to move the Central Mental Hospital to the site of the proposed superprison at Thornton Hall. In a blow to campaigners- opposed to the move, Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Disability, John Moloney, yesterday told the joint Oireachtas committee on health he would not review the decision and that the site at Thornton was the on
ly one available.

Suicide Prevention

Call to maintain prevention funding..
Irish Health.com (Wed, 1 Oct 2008)
The government has been called upon not to reduce suicide prevention funding in the impending budget. John Saunders, chairman of Action on Suicide Alliance, has urged Finance Minister Brian Lenihan to take a stand on the issue and make a public commitment to fully funding and implementing the existing suicide prevention strategy, called Reach Out.

Concern over suicides by drowning
Irish Examiner (Wed, 1 Oct 2008)
Concern  is mounting over the growing numbers of people taking their lives by drowning. Latest figures from Irish Water Safety show 75 people committed suicide by drowning last year, up from 63 in the previous two years.

Eating Disorders

In Ireland, it's starting at the age of five
Irish Independent (Thu, 2 Oct 2008)
In Ireland, it's starting at the age of five In Ireland, it's starting at the age of five John Meagher Irish children as young as five are showing signs of serious eating disorders. That's the sobering news from the founder of one of the country's best known treatment facilities. 


Teen insomnia link to depression
Irish Health.com (Thu, 02 Oct 2008)
Teenagers with symptoms of insomnia may be at an increased risk of developing mental health problems, including depression and suicidal feelings, the results of a new study indicate.

Depressed gardai urged to seek help
Evening Herald (Tue, 30 Sep 2008)
Gardai across the country are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of their jobs, leaving them feeling depressed and suffering from nightmares.  Many others are dangerously close to their "burn out" points, it is claimed.


Self-harm survey reveals crisis for Galway women
Galway City Tribune (Fri, 26 Sep 2008)
Galway has the highest rate of women who deliberately self-harm while under the Influence of alcohol, accord- ing to a recent report. A cross-border study conducted by the Western Health and Social Services Board (WHSSB) has revealed that Galway had a self-harm incidence rate of 333 per 100,000 of population among women in 2007, 46% of whom were under the influence of alcohol when they presented with self- inflicted injuries.