October 9, 2009

Mental Health

Attitudes survey reveals mental health stigma
Irish Times (Fri, 9 Oct 2009)
One third of people surveyed about their attitudes to mental health said they would not be able to accept someone with a mental health problem as a close friend.

Random Acts of Kindness Across Waterford for World Mental Health Day
Waterford Today (Wed, 7 Oct 2009)
HeadsUp, Rehab's mental health promotion project is calling on the young people of Waterford to carry out a Random Act of Kindness, and recipients in turn to pass on the favour. The initiative coincides with World Mental Health Day, which takes place on Saturday, 10 October.

How Mediterranean diet can beat the blues
Evening Herald (Sun, 6 Oct 2009)
A Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables, fruit, nuts, whole grains and fish can fight depression, research has suggested. The study adds to a growing body of evidence linking diet and mental health.

Mental Health Service

Crude cuts to of services
Irish Examiner (Fri, 9 Oct 2009)
Chairman of the Irish Mental Health Coalition John Saunders writes about Irish mental health services ahead of World Mental Health Day on Saturday an often overlooked consequence of our economic crisis is the increasing number of people experiencing mental health difficulties and the increase in pressure on mental health services.

Care shines through at Alor Star
Athlone Voice (We, 7 Oct 2009)
New surrounds have helped to put the smile back on die faces of clients of the old community mental health facility at St Brigid's Hospital, Ballinasloe.

State 'falling' in vision for mental health services
Irish Examiner (Tue, 6 Oct 2009)
A consultant psychiatrist has questioned the fact that the Government's vision for mental health services does not include treating addiction.

New service for Traveller mental health
Clare People (Tue, 6 Oct 2009)
Ronan Judge THE issue of mental health among male members of the Traveller community is a "critical area" that needs to be discussed more openly, the Mayor of Clare has said. Cllr Tony Mulcahy (FG) was speaking in Ennis last Wednesday at the launch of a new primary healthcare drop-in centre for members of the Traveller community.

HSE says negotiations ongoing on new mental health services structure
Liffey Champion (Sat, 3 Oct 2009)
Negotiations are ongoing between the Health Service Executive (HSE) and health care professionals to secure the establishment of a new mental health services structure that will take in County Kildare.

Singer Ger helps launch CUH music therapy recording
Evening Echo (Wed, 7 Oct 2009)
A music therapy project which saw patients with mental illness at Cork University Hospital produce a documentary and an audio recording was due to be launched today.

Suicide Prevention

Call for more State funds for suicide-prevention helpline
Irish Times (Thu, 8 Oct 2009)
The Government has been urged to find additional funding for Teen-Line Ireland after it said calls to its helpline had risen by 150 per cent.

Suicide Prevention Seminar in Maynooth
Kildare Times South (Tue, 6 Oct 2009)
A Mental Health and Well-Being Steering Group, formed locally in July 2009, will hold a Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Seminar on Saturday, October 10th in the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth from 2pm-5 30pm.

Charity warns child suicide rate is soaring
Evening Herald (Mon. 5 Oct 2009)
A suicide  prevention helpline aimed at teenagers has warned that it has witnessed an escalation of young deaths, including that of a 12-year-old girl. The girl is believed to have been from Co Kildare, and Teenline says her death is one of many similar deaths across Ireland in recent months.

Concern at reporting of murder-suicides
Irish Times (Sat,2 Oct 2009)
Guidelines to encourage the responsible reporting of suicide by the media have been updated to include advice on the reporting of murder-suicide and so-called copycat suicides.