September 4, 2009

Mental Health Service

HSE seeks return of €40m from land sales
Irish Times (Fri, 4 Sep 2009)
Health authorities have written to the Department of Finance seeking the urgent return of more than €40 million raised in recent years from the sale of land used by mental health services.

Suicide Prevention

Suicide in Ireland falls to its lowest rate in 16 years
Irish Times (Thu, 4 Sep 2009)
The number of people dying by suicide in the State is continuing to decline slowly, but we are still struggling with one of the highest levels of youth suicide in Europe.

80% of suicide victims talked of idea in weeks before death
Irish Times (Thu, 3 Sep 2009)
More than 80 per cent of people who took their own lives discussed suicidal ideas with someone in the fortnight before their death, new research indicates. The findings form part of a major research project in Ireland involving 400 cases in the coroners’ courts and interviews with more than 200 relatives of people who died by suicide.

Ireland near bottom of child welfare league
Irish Examiner (Wed, 2 Sep 2009)
Ireland has been condemned for not investing enough in the future welfare of children by the world's leading promoter of economic growth. The first report on the welfare of children across 30 countries by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has found Ireland is among the worst performing nations when it comes to the amount of money spent on general child welfare.

Mental Illness

Tullamore Man Is Brains Behind Scientific Breakthrough
Tullamore Tribune (Thu, 3 Sep 2009)
A Tullamore man is currently to the forefront of new cutting edge technology which could lead to improvements in the treatment of Alzheimer s, Parkinson s and Schizophrenia. Professor John Lowry, a native of Cormac Street Tullamore, is head of Chemistry, at NUI Maynooth. Professor Lowry has invented new technology which is capable of tracking levels of chemicals in the brain in real time over the course of weeks or even months.

Half of patients don't finish course of drugs
Irish Times (Tue, 1 Sep 2009)
More than half of all patients prescribed medication for depression stopped taking their drugs before the course had ended, according to new research released yesterday.

Student faked mental illness
Irish Examiner (Tue, 1 Sep 2009)
A Swedish art student was fined 2,500 kroner (€245) for faking mental illness for an art project. Stockholm District Court convicted 35-year-old Anna Odell of violent resistance and dishonest conduct, but acquitted her of charges of raising a false alarm.

Mental Health

Teetotallers more depressed than moderate drinkers
Irish Times (Tue, 1 Sep 2009)
The nation’s much- maligned love affair with alcohol may not be all bad it seems after a study found people who avoided liquor altogether suffered higher rates of depression and were more likely to lack certain social skills.