August 6, 2014

 Mental Health

 
Campaigner renews bid to get acne drug banned
Irish Examiner, 05-Aug-2014
Jason O’Sullivan has joined forces with campaigning families in the UK – where the Government’s medicines watchdog is reviewing RoAccutane to examine the risk of psychiatric reaction, amid claims linking the drug to depression.
 
Solicitor brands mental health service 'a joke'
Swords Fingal Independent, 05-Aug-2014
A solicitor has slammed the mental health service, calling it 'a joke' after he told a court that a young man has been waiting six months for an appointment.
 
Computer games ‘may ease elderly depression’
Rte.ie, 05-Aug-2014
Brain-boosting computer games may be as effective as drugs in treating severe depression in some elderly people, according to trial results published today.
 
Calls to local Samaritans jump 20% in 2 years
Dungarvan Observer, 01-Aug-2014
The Waterford and South East branch of the listening organisation received almost 20,000 calls during 2013, making it the branch’s busiest year to date.
 
Two new preferred drugs announced
Hospital Pharmacy News, 01-Aug-2014
The Medicides Management Programme has identidied two new drugs as the preferred treatment for depression.
 
UHG nurses' strike threat eases as HSE to hire staff
Galway City Tribune, 01-Aug-2014
The threat of strike action at the Acute Psychiatric Unit as University Hospital Galway looks set to be averted next week – if management follow through on an undertaking to appoint eight new permanent nurses.
 
Service users "in tears" after closure of Teach de híde
Roscommon People, 01-Aug-2014
Service users of a mental health facility in Roscommon have been left “in tears” after the closure of the unit on last Monday. 

Suicide

Soccer aces back Console anti-suicide drive
The Herald, 06-Aug-2014
Queens Park Rangers have joined forces with Irish suicide prevention charity Console to roll out a programme aimed at helping to save lives.
 
New death certs will omit cause to help families hit by suicide
Independent.ie, 04-Aug-2014
Tanaiste Joan Burton has confirmed that she will bring in new regulations to allow a "short form" death certificate to be used, which won't include how the person lost their lives.
 
March for suicide prevention held in Dublin
Irishtimes.com, 02-Aug-2014
More than 40 young people joined a march in Dublin City Centre today calling for increased funding for mental health services.

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