March 11, 2011

Mental Health

Booze a threat to the mental health of youth, conference told

Galway City Tribune (Friday, 04 March 2011)
Young people's mental health will continue to be threatened as long as they dabble in drugs and alcohol, a conference heard this week. High levels of alcohol abuse continued to be prevalent among Irish teenagers, according to Dr John Kelly, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at NUI Galway, who addressed the mental health conference held in the Ardilaun Hotel on Tuesday.

Mental Health Service

Mental health project under threat over funding loss
Irish Examiner (Friday, 11 March 2011)
A unique mental health initiative designed to provide independent supported living for people with mental health issues is under threat due to loss of funding. Slí Eile, which provides care and support for people who are trying to get their lives back on track during or following an illness, is struggling to survive on foot of the Health Service Executive's decision to withdraw €150,000 in funding.

Stars unite to raise depression awareness
Irish Independent (Thursday, 10 March 2011)
Two of Ireland's most popular TV presenters yesterday both spoke of the importance of communication with family and friends to fight depression. At the launch of an Irish language depression support booklet, Rose of Tralee presenter Dáithí O Sé and Newstalk host Síle Seoige spoke of the impact depression can have and the importance of "being there" for others.

Innovative HSE project gets green light from Genio Trust
Wicklow Times North & South  (Tuesday, 08 March 2011)
HSE Mental Health Services in Wicklow, in conjunction with & number of non-statutory prompters, will lead an innovative project funded by the Genio frost that will build capacity for better clinical services for individuals and fatuities affected by psychosis. A grant of €271,000 was awarded to the PROTECT (Personalised Recovery Orientated Treatment, Education & Cognitive Therapy) Project, a partnership initiative involving existing health, training and social care providers in Wicklow, which aims to improve engagement with individuals diagnosed with psychosis and the early intervention services.

Mental Illness

Women more likely to suffer from stress-related mental disorders
Irish Examiner (Tuesday, 08 March 2011)
Women are four times more likely than men to suffer from stress-related mental health disorders and could wait for more than 10 years before getting a diagnosis. Professor Jim Lucey, consultant psychiatrist and medical director of St Patrick's University said anxiety disorders are the commonest mental health problems presenting to general practice and that people are ' worrying themselves sick and , becoming ill with anxiety".