February 12, 2014



Memory of tragic Ciara inspires dad's charity cycle

The Herald, 12-Feb-2014

Memory of tragic Ciara inspires dad's charity cycle. A dad whose teenage daughter took her own life after being targeted by online bullies is set to do a charity cycle in her memory.  Jonathan Pugsley, whose daughter Ciara (15) died in September 2012 after being abused on the Ask.fm site, says he wants to raise money to prevent other deaths.


Teen exposure to harmful material online doubles

Irish Examiner, 11-Feb-2014

Teenagers' exposure to harmful online material has doubled in just two years as youngsters spending more time on the web and have their own social networking profiles before even reaching their teens.  The research findings are part of an EU project and show that one in five Irish children say they have been bothered by something on the internet in the past year.  This is double the figure reported in 2011 and is as high as 37% among 15- to 16-year-olds.


Smartphones 'putting youth at greater risk online'

Irish Independent, 11-Feb-2014

THE growing use of mobile devices, such as Smartphones, is exposing children to more online risks such as bullying and harmful or sexually explicit content.  Smartphones are now the most used devices for young people going online in Ireland, with 4O% of nine to 16-year olds and more than 60% of teenagers owning one, according to new report Of those, 35pc use it daily to go online, while 27% own a tablet and use it on a daily basis to access the internet.


Four Cork teenagers are among top volunteers

Evening Echo, 08-Feb-2014

Four Cork teenagers have been named among the top youth volunteers in the country by a national awards programme.  The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards honours young people around the country for their voluntary work.  Caoimhe O'Leary, 18, of Mac-room, Cliloe Kelleher, 17, from Skibbereen, Dayna Ni Shiochain,17, of Watcrgrasshill, and James Ronayne, 16, of Mallow, were all selected.




Students go live

Ballyfermot Echo,   06-Feb-2014

Students go live College radio station takes to the air with ITT fundraising drive.  The airwaves will be flooded with the voic
es and views of IT Tallaght students for the college's annual radio station offering local listeners a refreshing alternative.


Mental Health


Average age of children with anorexia falls to 13

Irish Examiner, 12-Feb-2014

Children barely into their teens are developing a potentially fatal eating disorder, with new research showing the average age for developing anorexia nervosa is now 13 years.


shock rise in boys suffering from anorexia

Irish Daily Mail, 12-Feb-2014

A new study has found a disturbing rise in the number or boys suffering from anorexia.


Students tune in to positive mental health event

Northside People East, 12-Feb-2014

Students from a number of Northside schools travelled across the Liffey recently to take part in a major event to promote positive mental health.


Braces on teeth 'may be a cause of anorexia'

Irish Independent, 12-Feb-2014

A number of children treated for anorexia in a Dublin hospital may have developed the illness after suffering mouth pain due to dental braces.  The pain caused by the braces, which causes teeth to loosen and move around, can lead to a child adopting overly cautious eating habits that can develop into more serious problems.  The doctors in Temple Street Hospital found a number of the young patients had started orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth before the eating disorder began.


Skinny teenage boys at risk of adult depression

Irish Daily Mail, 11-Feb-2014

Boys who convince themselves they are below weight are at risk of depression in later life.


Seven-month delay to disposal of St Finan's

Kerrys Eye, 06-Feb-2014

A seven-month delay by the HSE in advertising a tender for the construction of a new 40-bed mental health unit In Klllarney will prolong the disposal of Saint Finan's Hospital further, a psychiatric nurses' spokesman claimed this week.


Depression risk for parents of disabled

Limerick Chronicle, 04-Feb-2014

Researchers at the University of Limerick have found higher than average rates of depression among parents of children with an intellectual disability. This group of parents is also more likely to suffer chronic health conditions, according to the study.


Depression among teens linked to drink intake

Irish Examiner, 04-Feb-2014

Depression levels among sixth-year boys increases "substantially" the more often they get drunk, rising to "severe" levels for those who binge drink weekly.  Research among Leaving Certificate male students found that more than eight out of 10 had been drunk during the previous year and that almost half of these reported getting very drunk at least once a month.