August 10, 2007

Mental Health

 More young people hooked on alcohol and gambling
Sunday Business Post Archive (Sun, 5 Aug 2007)
More people in their 20s are seeking treatment for alcoholism and an addiction to online gambling, according to the director of one of the country’s largest addiction treatment centres. Stephen Rowan, director of Rutland Centre in Dublin, said the fact that the country was ‘‘awash with money” was contributing to the rise of young alcoholics. Increasing numbers of gambling addicts are also attending programmes at the centre.

Father in plea to DPP after civil suit award
Irish Times Subscription (Mon, 6 Aug 2007)
A father who won a landmark civil lawsuit last month for the wrongful death of his daughter, who had been sexually abused as a child, has called on the Director of Public Prosecutions to reconsider the possibility of a criminal prosecution in the case. David Roberts, Gathabawn, Co Kilkenny, successfully sued his neighbour, John Bowden, for the wrongful death of his daughter, Jane, who died by suicide at the age of 26 on October 23rd, 2000.Mr Roberts claimed that Mr Bowden's sexual abuse of his daughter, when she was an eight-year-old girl, caused her to develop psychiatric illnesses and eventually to take her own life. Last month, Judge Alice Doyle at the southeastern Circuit Court ruled that Jane Roberts's death by suicide was a direct result of the psychological injury caused by the abuse.

How to answer a teenage cry for help
Irish Examiner Feelgood, (Fri, 1 Aug 2007)
When young people self-harm, attempt to take their own lives, drink excessively — sometimes to the point of oblivion — drive dangerously or are verbally aggressive, any form of critical, judgemental and punishing reactions only add fuel to the fire of hurt they are experiencing. What is often not appreciated is that patronising, moralising, preaching, advising and re- assuring are also reactions that do not help the inner turmoil of young people.

Suicide Prevention

Plea for more state support after 409 deaths from suicide last year
Irish Independent (Sat, 4 Aug 2007)
Some 409 people died by suicide  in Ireland last year, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO). There were a further 66 deaths of undetermined intent in 2006. Dan Neville, president of the Irish Association of Suicidology, said it was time the Government allocated more funds to the prevention in the wake of the new figures. "The distressing figures published by the CSO are a sad reminder of the prevalence of suicide within our communities," Mr Neville, Fine Gael's deputy spokesman on health, said .”

Energising the fight against suicide in Ireland
Sunday Business Post (Sun, 5 Aug 2007)
The ESB's executive director of HR and corporate affairs is leading the company's charitable initiative to help combat suicide in this country. The ESB is not an organisation most people associate with charity, but John Campion has a regular stream of visitors from the non-profit sector to his office in the electricity firm. As the company's executive director of human relations and corporate affairs, Campion has an active role in the ESB's growing corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Two years ago it set up an, called ElectricAID Ireland. It originated in a desire to strengthen and focus the company's "social spend" on specific areas of disadvantage and need, according to Campion. ESB staff voted that Electric- AID Ireland should focus on helping projects that addressed homelessness and suicide in Ireland. The fund has done considerable work in the homelessness area, but suicide has been the front-runner in terms of general concern and the level of applications for funding.

Report says h
alf of drownings last year were suicide (Fri, 3 Aug 2007)
Almost half of the drownings in Ireland last year were suicides, according to the latest annual report from the Irish Water Safety Association. The report says 131 drownings were recorded during 2006, 63 of which were suicides. The cause of another 15 deaths could not be determined.

International suicide prevention association to hold first meeting in Ireland
Irish Medical Times (Thu, 9 Aug 2007)
A major international suicide prevention association is to hold its first ever meeting in Ireland A major international suicide prevention conference is to hold its first ever meeting in Ireland The International Association for Suicide Prevention will hold its 26th biennial congress in the Irish National Events Centre in Killarney, Kerry from 28 August to 1 September. The Irish Association of Suicidology (IAS) is hosting the event.

'High suicide risk after breast implants'
Irish Health (Thu, 9 Aug 2007)
Women with breast implants are three times more likely to commit suicide or to die from drug or alcohol-related causes than other women, a new US study has indicated. The researchers say the findings indicate the need for increased screening, counselling, and when necessary post-implant monitoring of women.

Eating Disorders

Dying to be thin
Tipperary Voice (Fri, 3 Aug 2007)
The Internet is everywhere these days. Many would argue that it is a democratic, equalizing force within society, and the wide variety of views and opinions on personal websites perhaps reinforces that idea. But with the proliferation of pornographic and file sharing sites, democracy and free speech have had their limits tested. And pushing the envelope with the best (and worst) of them is the pro-anorexic social movement called "pro-ana". Pro-ana is a social movement among girls (mostly) who use websites, forums and blogs to advocate the idea that anorexia is a lifestyle choice rather than a disorder. The pro-ana sites are filled with forums and discussion boards targeting girls who share the same philosophy. Pro-ana sites portray thin celebrities (dubbed "thinspirations") such as Paris Hilton, Angelina Jolie and Kate Moss as role models; and links to other sites such as Skinny Secrets, Fasting Girls, Hunger Hurts but Starving Works and Dying to be Thin help to normalize anorexia in readers' minds.

Mental Health Service

Long-stay patients appeal to Harney to open hostel
Irish Times Subscription (Tue, 7 Aug 2007)
Five users of the Galway West mental health services are appealing to Health Minister Mary Harney to provide funding to allow them to move out of a hospital – where they have spent nearly 40 years between them – into a new purpose-built hostel. The five men, who are long- stay patients at Unit 9A in Merlin Park Hospital in Galway city, are desperate to move into their new home in the modern five-bed hostel which has been lying idle in their native Connemara for the past two years.