September 3, 2010

 

Headline News Highlights

(27th August -3rd September 2010)

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Mental Illness

Delete 59b campaign

Cork Independent (Thu, 26 August 2010)

Green Party Senator, Dan Boyle, has announced that the deletion of section 59b of the Mental Health Act 2001, the section that deals with the use of forced Electro Shock Therapy (EST), is now Green Party Policy. The Green Party currently has a Private Members Bill dedicated to deleting section 59b from the current legislation and Senator Boyle's announcement pushes the argument past debates about its wording.

 

Mental health risks for the night owls on the internet

Irish Daily Mail (Thur, 2 September 2010)

Youngpeople who become sleep deprived by using the internet into the small hours are much more likely to become mentally ill in later life, research shows. Lack of sleep may help explain the puzzling increase in mental illness among young people in recent decades, according to an extensive study. And staying up late regularly to surf the internet and chat on social networking sites could be one reason teenagers are sleeping less, according to the research.

 

Mental Health Service

Rathdowney day centre opened

Leinster Express (Wed, 25 August 2010)

A new Day Care Centre at Mooreville, Rathdowney was officially opened by Minister of State John Moloney last Monday afternoon. A large crowd gathered at what had once been the parochial house for the opening. Opening the centre, Minister John Moloney acknowledged the commitment by staff, and others, to ensure mental health services were developed in the area.

Mental health unit for kids to open this year

Evening Echo (Mon, 30 August 2010)

Construction of a new HSE 20 bed unit for children and adolescents with mental health issues is near completion in Blackrock, Cork. The unit, the first of its kind outside the Dublin area, will provide specialist in-patient mental health services in terms of assessment, care and treatment of children and adolescents who present with severe emotional and behavioural disorders where there is a likelihood of mental illness.

Mental Health

Worried teens flood bullying helpline ahead of new term

Irish Independent (Mon, 30 August 2010)

Worried teenagers have been flooding a helpline with concerns over classroom bullying as back-to-school time looms. Teenline Ireland, whose volunteers answer calls from anxious youths, has reported a surge in recent weeks due to the Leaving Cert results and the start of the new school term.

 

Gaybo backs new drive to beat depression

Evening Herald (Mon, 30 August 2010)

Gay Byrne has called on older people to look after their mental health as part of a new initiative launched by Lundbeck Ireland along with Age and Opportunity, with the aim of raising awareness about mental health issues affecting older people and encouraging older people to talk to their doctors about their mental health. New research shows that more than one third of older people feel it is a struggle to keep depression at bay – with older men reporting more symptoms of depression and older women admitting to more age-related mental health issues.

 

Suicide
 

527 people died by suicide last year

The country's economic problems have contributed to the single biggest surge in suicides ever recorded in Ireland, according to a report. The National Office for Suicide Prevention's (NOSP) annual report for 2009 has confirmed that last year a total of 527 people officially died by suicide.

 

Suicide Prevention

Vets can become gatekeepers for at-risk farmers

Irish Examiner (Thur, 2 September 2010)

A confidential support service is available free of charge to all veterinary professionals and their families in an effort to raise mental health awareness amongst vets, not only for their own benefit, but also for the gate-keeper role they can play inthe community, with regards to customers and clients, in-cluding the farming com-munity.The service was launched on July 1 by the Minister for Mental Health and Disability, John Moloney TD.

 

Government to give extra €1m for suicide prevention

Irish Times (Thur, 2 September 2010)

The Government yesterday announced that an extra €1 million would be provided to community groups involved in suicide prevention work following a major increase in the number of people dying by suicide. Minister for State with responsibility for mental health John Moloney said, “This extra money is in addition to around €4.5 million being spent this year on other suicide prevention programmes. It will go to groups workin
g on the ground in communities, helping to ensure people in distress don’t feel isolated and alone.”

 

New suicide support system developed

Medical Independent, Page 10, 02-Sep-2010

The National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) in Cork has developed an innovative Suicide Support and Information System (SSIS) that aims to obtain information on deaths classified as 'suicide' or 'open verdict' to better understand the risk factors associated with suicide and to facilitate support for bereaved families in Ireland. 

 

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