January 4, 2013

Mental Health
Irish Times (Wednesday, 2nd January, 2013)
Finally it happened. I had been putting it off for years but I could no longer hold back the march of time. I turned 60 on the longest day of the year.
Irish Examiner (1st January, 2013)
The start of January is an odd time to stage a festival, but First Fortnight, which tackles “mental health prejudice through creative arts,” has expanded since its inception in 2009.
Mental Illness
Irish Examiner (Thursday, 3rd January, 2013)
More than three-quarters of professional players in England and Scotland say depression is a problem for footballers, according to a new survey. 
Mental Health Service
Irish Times (Saturday, 29th December, 2012)
Many patients say an understaffed community mental health service has left them isolated and disempowered
Sunday Independent (30th December, 2012)
A bullied teenage girl tells Joy Orpen how counselling at Jigsaw helped her deal with the cycle of taunts.
Irish Times (Thursday, 3rd January, 2013)
Mental health services for young people are coming under increasing strain, the State official in charge has warned, with figures showing more than 2,000 children and adolescents on waiting lists for appointments.
Irish Times (Friday, 4th January, 2013)
Campaigners have called on the Government to properly staff services for young people with mental health difficulties to reduce waiting lists.
Irish Times (Friday, 4th January 2013)
Early intervention is crucial in the successful treatment of illness and this applies particularly to mental health.
Suicide Prevention
Irish Times (Saturday, 29th December, 2012)
Millions of euro ring-fenced by the Government to hire hundreds of staff to boost suicide prevention and mental health services this year was used to tackle cost overruns in other parts of the health services.