June 4, 2010

Mental Ill Health

New rules allow pilots to fly while on antidepressants
East Cork Journal (Tue, 2 June 2010)
UNDER A new policy that aims to remove the stigma surrounding mental illness, US commercial pilots who take antidepressants will once again be taking to the skies. The Federal Aviation Administration has announced that it is ending the current policy under which pilots who fessed up to suffering from symptoms of depression, were immediately grounded.

Researchers argue link between smoking and depression
Irish Medical Times (Tue 1 June 2010)
People dependent on nicotine were more than twice as likely to have symptoms of depression as those who were not, according to new research published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Bone marrow and mental illness
Offaly Express (Sat 29 May 2010)
"Bone marrow transplants cure mental illness – in mice", reports The Guardian. It says "scientists in the US claim to have used a bone marrow transplant to cure mental illness in a study that could have profound implications for patients with psychiatric problems".

Mental Health

Calls to curb the Facebook addicts
Metro Herald (Mon 31 May 2010)
The EU needs new laws to prevent people from becoming addicted to Facebook, Labour MEP Nessa Childers has claimed. Ms Childers, who is a psychotherapist by profession, has called for legislation to be drafted to protect internet users from the 'dangers of addiction to popular social networking sites'. She said there were disturbing levels of dependence to the likes of Facebook – which has more than 400,000 registered users in Ireland.

Youth have input into resource document
Evening Echo (Mon 31 May 2010)
A new Health Service Executive Youth Work Ireland resource to help those working with young people talk about mental health issues, was successfully launched by the Lord Mayor Dara Murphy on Friday, in the Gurranabraher/Churchfleld Youth and Community Resource Centre.

Mental health project aimed at pupils
Irish Examiner (Sat 29 May 2010)
The power of positive thinking is to be used in a project to see if improving the nation's mental health and saving lives from being lost to suicide can be achieved by spreading-the message to children in primary schools.

Mad for it!
Evening Echo (Sat, 29 May 2010)
Cork set to party in the park in bid to dispel stigma surrounding mental health issues.  Mad Pride Day takes place in Fitzgerald Park, Cork, next weekend and is expected to draw thousands of party-goers. The annual event, which celebrates the 'normality of madness', happens on Sunday, June 6 and has been organised by Mad Pride, a group set in 2008 to dispel the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

Conference promoted positive mental health in young people
Northern Standard (Thu 27 May 2010)
Having launched its inaugural Young Mental Health Ireland Conference in October 2009, Mental Health Ireland once again focused on young people at its Annual Conference held in the Radisson Hotel, Galway from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd May last. The theme of this year's conference was "Promoting Positive Mental Health in Young People", The event was opened by Minister of State, John Moloney

TYRS meets President Mary McAleese
Nationalist & Munster Advertiser (Thu 27 May 2010)
Lisa McGrath, Media and Communications officer of the Tipperary Regional Youth Service had the pleasure recently of having afternoon tea with President Mary McAleese in Aras An Uachtarain, The President was presented with a new guidebook titled; "Look After Yourself, Look After Your Mental Health – A guide for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) people. Youth Services and a wide range of agencies providing support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

Cork Independent (Thu 27 May 2010)
The HSE launches new youth programme in Cork. The programme is aimed at supporting youth workers, youth leaders, peer educators and others working with young people and was set up as a response to the need for support in the area. The programme explores a range of topics in relation to mental health and young people such as conflict, communication, drugs and alcohol and self-image.