June 6, 2008

Mental Health

Linking heartbreak to death of a loved one
Irish Times Subscription (Tue, 3 Jun 2008)
Some experts are calling for complicated grief to be registered as a serious psychiatric illness, writes Gerry Byrne.


Mental Health Service

59 youngsters put into adult psychiatric care as crisis grows
Irish Independent (Tue, 3 Jun 2008)
Almost 60 children and adolescents had to be admitted to adult psychiatric hospitals or units in the first three months of this year. Four of the 59 youngsters who had to endure these conditions were 14 years of age, new figures obtained by the Irish Independent reveal. The continuing scandal comes in the wake of last week's report by the Mental Health Commission which condemned the lack of progress in this area in 2007, when 193 admissions were reported. It noted that, at the end of last year, there was still no significant increase in beds for children and adolescents who need to be admitted for psychiatric care.


HSE promise on child services
Irish Examiner (Sat, 31 May 2008)
The HSE has said one of its priorities is to provide eight more child psychiatry teams across the country and to more than double the number of psychiatric beds available to children this year. The body was responding to the Mental Health Commission annual report which criticised the lack of specialist teams available to children and teenagers. The HSE said bed capacity at children's inpatient units will be increased from 10 to 12 by year end.



Obesity and depression linked
Irish Health (Tue, 3 Jun 2008)
The treatment of obesity and depression should be integrated because the conditions are linked, new research indicates. US researchers carried out a major review of data and found that people who are obese may be more likely to become depressed and vice versa.



Suicide Prevention

High suicide rate among young men in NI
Eircom.net (Wed, 4 Jun 2008)
Young men in the North are three times more likely to kill themselves than women, according to the Health Promotion Agency (HPA). Launching a new advertising campaign encouraging men aged 15-24 years to seek help, HPA's chief executive Dr Brian Gaffney said that there were 242 deaths by suicide in Northern Ireland last year, of which almost three quarters involved men.