October 4, 2012

Mental Health

 

App highlights toll depression takes on loved ones

Irish Examiner, 04-Oct-2012

A Facebook app developed in Ireland lets users know how many of their family and friends on the social network are likely to be suffering from depression. The Grow Facebook app, is designed to highlight the toll depression is taking among loved ones and friends at any moment in time. A user's number of friends is automatically run through an algorithm to estimate how many of them are likely to be experiencing mental health issues. 

Farmers highlight positive mental health at ploughing

Irish Examiner Farming, 04-Oct-2012

Members cheered up the crowds at the Ploughing on Wednesday when they dressed in red, sang 'Walking on Sunshine' outside the Macra stand, and released 50 red balloons. The aim was to highlight positive mental health. In Macra's recent survey of 280 young farmers, 81% said depression was a problem for young people in Ireland today (64% thought unemployment was the Biggest cause, followed by family issues, social harriers, and young people leaving rural areas). 

Report highlights impact of mental health stigma

Northside People East, 03-Oct-2012

Concern has been expressed at the impact stigma is having on preventing people seeking help for mental health difficulties. Recent research conducted by St Patrick's University Hospital indicates that 20 per cent of people requiring mental health support waited a full year before seeking help. The research also found that 42 per cent of people surveyed felt that undergoing treatment for a mental health problem is a sign of personal failure. 

 

Suicide

 

Focus on suicide might add to problem – expert

Irish Times, 03-Oct-2012

The intense focus in society on suicide is conditioning some people into thinking of it as a viable option in their lives, a leading psychologist has suggested. Dr Tony Bates said the debate about suicide might be making the problem worse rather than helping to prevent people from taking their own lives. His comments came as Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch defended the continuing vacancy that exists for a head of the National Office for Suicide Prevention.

Focus on suicide might add to problem – expert

Irish Times 03-Oct-12

The intense focus in society on suicide is conditioning so
me people into thinking of it as a viable option in their lives, a leading psychologist has suggested.

 

Suicide risk for women in 50s and men in 20s

Irish Times 02-Oct-2012

Men in their early 20s and women in their early 50s are most at risk of suicide in Ireland, according to the annual report of the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention published yesterday. There were 552 deaths by suicide in 2009, the last year for which figures are available, a rate of 12.4 deaths per 100,000 people.

 

 

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