March 10, 2008

Mental Health 

Mental health linked to housing – USI

Irish Times (Fri, 29 Feb 2008)
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has warned of a possible link between living conditions and poor mental health. Students facing an inadequate grant and a shortage of affordable rented accommodation may be more predisposed to "feelings of despondency or depression", the USI said. The union believes the Government needs to increase investment in grants and student  

Mental Health Service 

Child and adolescent psychiatry services grossly under-resourced – Ó Caoláin

Northern Standard, Page 42, 28-Feb-2008…Caolain TD has challenged the Government on their resourcing of mental health services following the announcement by the HSE North East …in Cavan and Monaghan and the funding of mental health services generally across …   

‘Paediatrics need mental health professionals’

Irish Medical News (Fri, 29 Feb 2008)A professor of child psychiatry has stated that not all paediatric services teams in the Children’s University Hospital in Temple Street, Dublin, have access to a dedicated mental health professional working alongside them, despite the desirability of such a service.  


Depression linked to unhealthy habits

Irish Times Subscription (Wed, 5 Mar 2008)
Depression and anxiety are associated with obesity and poor health behaviors like smoking, drinking, and inactivity, new research indicates. "Depression and anxiety are serious mental health conditions and without treatment may assume a chronic course," Dr Tara W. Strine who led the study said.   

AWARE taking the initiative on depression

Irish Farmers Journal (Sat, 1 Mar 2008)The new AWARE five-part training programme for families and professionals who come into contact with people with depression is an initiative that deserves praise. "The trigger for the Beyond the Blues programme came from the work we were already doing," says Fran Gleeson of AWARE. "We found there was a huge demand from workplace profes- sionals who needed information to help them deal with depression among colleagues and employees. Also families in need of help and support trying to cope with a relative who has depression".  

Eating disorders  

Swords students show zero tolerance

Blanch Gazette, Page 52, 02-Mar-2008…thin women, and that this contributes to the increase in eating disorders. …mini-company has received the support of Bodywhys, the National Eating Disorder Association, and we promote their helpline numbers on the …    


O Caolain calls for measures to address suicide

Northern Standard, Page 5, 28-Feb-2008…0 Caolain calls for measures to address suicide Sinn Fein Dail leader and Health f spokesperson Caoimhghin 6 …risk of death by suicide but "the type of mental health service one can access is a. …   

Taoiseach to meet suicide prevention campaigners

Irish Examiner, Page 7, 03-Mar-2008…by Noel Baker SUICIDE prevention campaigners are to meet the Taoiseach in the coming …is estimated that an average of two people die by suicide each day in Ireland, yet this year the NOSP will …