August 3, 2012

Mental Health Problems
Irish Examiner (Wednesday, 01 August 2012)
Farmers are increasingly suffering from depression and in some cases suicidal thoughts due to the devastating impact the recession and on-going weather problems have caused to the industry. 
Connacht Sentinel (Tuesday, 31 July 2012)
All of these programmes help to reduce the stigma but in reality it will remain a stigma for as long as people are uncomfortable with it.
Mental Health Service
Irish Times (Tuesday, 31 July 2012) 
Current policy, based on the 2006 report A Vision for Change, aims to provide services “equitably and across all service user groups”. It calls for an orientation towards recovery and more social inclusion. . I welcome this, but I am struck by how different policy is from general medical care, which is based on treating specific illnesses to improve outcome.
Fingal Independent (Tuesday, 31 July 2012)
Minister James Reilly TD has welcomed the announcement by Minister of State Kathleen Lynch on the appointment of a design team for a new central mental hospital in Portrane.
Irish Examiner Independent (Tuesday, 31 July 2012)
The HSE spent an average of €43,122 per week last year to accommodate 11 patients in mental health services overseas.
Limerick Post (Tuesday, 31 July 2012)
THE 7% rise in suicide figures for last year has been described as extremely concerning, by Deputy Dan Neville. The latest figures from the CSO show that 525 people died by suicide in 2011; 439 of them were men and 86 were female. 
Suicide Prevention
Irish Examiner (Friday, 03 August 2012)
A major new facility for suicide prevention and counselling will open in Cork after Console revealed it has secured a long-term lease on historic Bessborough House in Cork City.
Irish Examiner (Tuesday, 31 July 2012)
Sinead O'Connor has invited suicidal Irish people to write to her for help as part of her mission to reach out to people contemplating ending their own lives.