May 6, 2011

Eating Disorders

Children as young as 12 have eating disorder

Irish Examiner (Monday, 02 May 2011)
School children as young as 12 are presenting with different types of eating disorders, a specialist has claimed. As well as an increase in the numbers suffering from these disorders, the eating disorder and obesity management therapist warns that adolescents are presenting at a much younger age with this problem.

Mental Health

49% do not seek help for mental problems
Irish Times (Friday, 06 May 2011)
Almost half of people suffering from mental health problems such as depression do not seek professional help due mainly to the high cost of counselling and the stigma associated with seeking professional help, a new survey shows.

One in five social network conversations focus on 'negative'
Irish Examiner (Wednesday, 04 May 2011)
One in five conversations on social networks in Ireland are negative and include disclosures of suicidal behaviour, discussion of suicide attempts, jokes and derogatory comments. A new study reveals even where responses to disclosures of mental health problems were positive, only four out of 10 people were directed to relevant support services. The first-ever online analysis of conversations about mental health problems was commissioned by See Change, a national partnership working to end the stigma of mental health problems in Ireland.

Mental Health Service

Woman's 'treatment' case raises issue of safeguards
Irish Times (Friday, 06 May 2011)
A High Court action concerning what limits apply to the treatment doctors may administer to a psychiatrically ill woman, has highlighted the absence of safeguards here for adults deemed to lack capacity to make decisions about their medical treatment. Lawyers for the woman claim the Mental Health Act 2001 fails to provide for an adequate independent review of the administration of treatment to patients who lack capacity to consent to such treatment and, in those circumstances, the meaning of “treatment” should be narrowly construed.

Only 9 cells for mentally ill prisoners, claims POA
Irish Examiner (Thursday, 05 May 2011)
There are only nine cells in the prison system for mentally ill inmates, the Prison Officers' Association (POA) has claimed. The cells were only available in Mountjoy Prison, which set up a high dependency unit six months ago. The inmates are seen regularly by a team of psychologists, psychiatric consultants and nurses.

Concerns at overuse of sedatives in hospitals
Irish Times (Wednesday, 04 May 2011)
Mental health inspectors have raised concerns over the “widespread” use of sedatives and other powerful drugs in psychiatric hospitals. A report by the Mental Health Commission shows that more than half (57 per cent) of patients in acute or long-stay units were prescribed sedatives or benzodiazepines last year.


Suicide statistics 'brushed under the carpet'
Irish Times (Friday, 06 May 2011)
Resuming the Dáil debate on suicide, Denis Naughten (FG) told the Dáil, “It is far greater than the statistics for road traffic accidents yet it is being brushed under the carpet every day.’’

Support for suicidal kids urgent – Crowe

Echo – Tallaght (Thursday, 28 April 2011)
An increase in suicides among young people across the county has sparked calls for the urgent delivery of a support system in schools. Janice O'Brien of Teen-Line Ireland confirmed the increase in suicides among teenagers and the requirement for expert guidance in schools.