November 6, 2009

Mental Health

New site aimed at young people
Irish Times (Fri, 6 Nov 2009)
A new website aimed at helping young people with mental health issues has been launched. The website,, is operated by the Inspire Ireland Foundation and was modelled on a successful Australian site also aimed at young people.

Fears for 'lost generation' in recession
Irish Times (Tue, 3 Nov 2009)
Today’s young people will suffer the biggest long-term effect of the current recession, the Dublin Economics Workshop heard yesterday.

Mental Illness

Common mental disorders may be linked to an increased risk of obesity
Irish Medical Times (Wed, 4 Nov 2009)
People with common mental disorders such as depression and anxiety are at increased risk of becoming obese, according to new research.The findings also showed that individuals with chronic or repeat episodes of common mental disorders are particularly at risk.

Suicide Prevention

Alarming rise in suicides fuels TD Neville's plea
Limerick Independent (Wed, 4 Nov 2009)
A Limerick TD is call for more resources for support services to help with suicide prevention after an "alarming" rise in suicides was revealed in new figures by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Give "Luv" this Christmas and Help Prevent Suicide
Dungarvan Observer (Wed, 4 Nov 2009)
This Christmas, SPAR stores nationwide will be selling "luv" with the Luv Bears for the 3ts – turn the tide of suicide. The Luv bears which was the winning product, developed on TV3's The Apprentice, is available to purchase in 470 SPAR stores nationwide, with all proceeds going to the 3ts — turn the tide of suicide.

Photo of hanging man criticised
Irish Times  (Tue, 3 Nov 2009)
The British Press Complaints Commission has received 70 complaints about the publication of a large picture of a man who took his own life by hanging on the front of Northern Irish editions of this weekend’s Sunday World.

Mental Health Service

Talks fail over closure of psychiatric support units
Irish Examiner (Fri, 6 Nov 2009)
Talks around the proposed closure of two support units for around 40 long-term elderly psychiatric patients broke up without agreement in Ennis yesterday.

Targeted support for teens needed
Irish Times (Fri, 6 Nov 2009)
The Salvation Army says targeted support should be provided to at-risk teenagers to prevent them from prolonged periods of homelessness.

Resources needed to meet homelessness deadline – Simon
Irish Times  (Wed, 4 Nov 2009)
The Government would not meet its own aims on ending long-term homelessness by next year unless resources were immediately provided to tackle the complex needs of homeless people, an Oireachtas committee has been warned.

Eating Disorders

Half of girls aged 11-16 'restrict food to stay slim'
Irish Examiner (Wed, 4  Nov 2009)
Girls start wanting to be thin at the age of 10, and half of 11 to 16-year-olds restrict what they eat to stay slim, a national survey of young British women found yesterday


Living near green spaces reduces mental health problems in Dutch study
Irish Medical Times (Wed, 4 Nov 2009)
People living close to green space have lower rates of anxiety and depression than those living in concrete jungles, new research has found.

Fatty processed foods linked to depression
Irish Medical Times (Mon, 2 Nov 2009)
Eating well may help stave off depression later on in life, a new study claims. But people who are partial to fatty processed foods may be up to twice as likely to suffer from depression than their healthy eating counterparts, according to the study conducted at University College London.