March 7, 2017



Syrian children ‘attempting suicide’ as six-year war takes toll, 07-Mar-2017

Syrian children are showing symptoms of “toxic stress” and are attempting self-harm and suicide in response to prolonged exposure to war, according to a report.


Pieta House for the North West to open next month, 06-Mar-2017

Pieta House is to open its first North West center by the end of next month.


Samaritans: Inequality is driving people to suicide, 06-Mar-2017

Suicide is an inequality issue.  There is overwhelming evidence of a strong link between disadvantage and suicidal behaviour, according to a Samaritans report.



Friend request: nowFacebook can look out for suicidal posts

Irish Independent, Page 2, 04-Mar-2017

Facebook using AI to spot suicidal users to give support.  

165% rise in teens at Pieta House for self-harm, 02-Mar-2017

Pieta House has revealed it has experienced a 165% increase in the number of young people, aged under 18, attending its services over the past five years due to self-harm.



Mental Health




HSE to reject proposal to cut eight beds in acute psychiatric unit of UHW – Minister Halligan, 05-Mar-2017

Minister for Training, Skills and Innovation John Halligan TD has confirmed that the HSE is to reject a proposal by the Mental Health Commission to cut by eight the number of beds in the acute psychiatric unit of University Hospital Waterford’s



According to the National Eating Disorders Association, the mortality rates for eating disorders are as follows: 4% for anorexia nervosa, 3.9% for bulimia nervosa, and 5.2% for eating disorder not otherwise specified.


Mental health issues in youth

Evening Echo, Page 17, 01-Mar-2017

Ideas on how to assist young people with mental health challenges.