December 11, 2009

Mental Health

Support for new parents 'crucial'
Irish Times (Fri, 11 Dec 2009)
To care about the wellbeing of infants and children “we must care about the parents even more”, an international expert in child psychology has said.

Warning of mental health risk to jobless
Irish Times (Thu, 10 Dec 2009)
A "Copernican shift” in the way we treated the newly unemployed was needed if "long-term damage to the mental health of huge swathes of the population" was to be avoided, one of the foremost policy analysts in the State has warned.

Mental illness group's book released on CD
Wexford People (Wed, 9 Dec 2009)
Stories and poems written by participants on an Arts Ability programme are now available on a CD which was launched in Wexford Opera House last week.

Three Mayo schools for mental health public speaking final
Connaught Telegraph (Tue, 8 Dec 2009)
Three teams from second level schools in Mayo will take part in this year's Mental Health Association of Ireland public speaking project. St. Joseph's Secondary School, Foxford, St. Gerald's College, Castlebar and Scoil Muire agus Padraig, Swinford, the aim of the project is to make young people, in particular, more aware of mental health issues and to create an attitude towards positive mental health in today's society.

Mental Health Service

HEALTH chiefs
Irish Daily Mail (Thu, 10 Dec 2009)
Health chiefs will fund the 'modernisation of mental health services' by selling surplus hospital equipment and property, under a new Government programme announced yesterday. The sale of 'surplus assets' will raise more than €47mllllon, said Disability and Mental Health Minister John Moloney yesterday as he announced the Initiative.

Psychiatric association queries funding
Irish Examiner Special (Thu, 10 Dec 2009)
THE Irish Psychiatric Association(IPA) has called on the Government to clarify whether the €43 million announced in yesterday's budget for investment in mental health projects includes money already raisedthrough the sale of psychiatric institutions

Pressure on counselling services
Limerick Post (Thu, 10 Dec 2009)
There has been an unprecedented increase in demand for counselling services at UL in the first half of the year, according to Declan Aherne, head of student counselling.

Psychiatric patients still given ECT treatment without consent
Irish Times (Mon, 7 Nov 2009)
Patients involuntarily detained in psychiatric hospitals last year received hundreds of treatments of electric shock therapy against their will.

Mental Illness

Elderly unlikely to discuss depression
Irish Medical Times (Tue, 8 Dec 2009)
A new survey shows that almost 60 per cent of people over the age of 65 believe those in their age group would be reluctant to discuss depression. One quarter of respondents said they believed that depression is a state of mind and not an illness.

Skunk linked to increased risk of psychotic illness
Irish Medical Times (Mon, 7 Dec 2009)
Heavy use of the high-potency form of cannabis known as sinsemilla or ‘skunk’ has been shown to dramatically increase the risk of developing psychotic illnesses, psychiatrists have found.

Suicide Prevention

New guide for reporting suicide
Irish Independent (Fri, 11 Dec 2009)
Headline, the national media monitoring body for mental health and suicide, has launched a new multimedia resource. The service gathers media guidelines and information to assist journalists and students to report on these sensitive issues.

Widowhood is a death trigger
Irish Times (Tue, 8 Dec 2009)
Not only does marriage protect people against suicide, it also protects against accidental death due to road traffic accidents, falls and poisonings, a new Irish survey has revealed. Deputy director of the National Suicide Research Foundation, Dr Paul Corcoran, points out that every year in Ireland 10,000 people die leaving a partner behind.

HeadsUp for suicide prevention programme
Clare Champion (Fri, 4 Dec 2009)
Rehab's suicide prevention programme enlisted the help of gardening expert, Diarmuid Gavin to launch its winter fundraising campaign this week. Members of the public in Clare are being encouraged to recognise and support the mental health struggles that many young people experience by purchasing a hyacinth bulb this Christmas.