June 12, 2009

Mental Health

Minister brings forward plan to protect school kids
Southside People (Wed, 10 June 2009)
The Minister for Children has acknowledged that the provision of social services to children needs to be reformed following a meeting he attended with Irish primary school principals.

Award for innovative text service
The Kerryman (Wed, 10 June 2009)
Kerry Mental Health Association has won a merit award plus €1,000 for TEENTXT the association's innovative text support service for young people in Kerry.

Mental Illness

New lab to accelerate research into illnesses
Irish Times (Wed, 9 June 2009)
A new DNA sequencing laboratory enabling research into possible causes of psychiatric disorders, cancers, infectious diseases and conditions affecting the immune system, was opened at Trinity College Dublin yesterday.

Mental Health Service

Over €100m reserved for health projects still unspent
Irish Times (Wed, 9 June 2009)
More than €100 million which was set aside in the 2009 budget for new services for children with disabilities and mental health problems has still not been spent this year. .

Jobs embargo 'threatens mental health services'
Irish Examiner (Sat, 6 June 2009)
AS the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum prepares to close to new admissions from June 15, it has emerged mental health services across the country are in serious difficulty due to
the staffing embargo.

€1 billion invested in mental health services in 2008
Irish Medical Times (Fri, 5 June 2009)
The annual investment in mental health services is in the region of €1 billion, the HSE’s Annual Report reveals. At the end of 2008, 47 Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) teams, which provide community-based, multidisciplinary, mental health support for under-18-year-olds, were established.


Late nights linked to teen depression
Irish Health (Wed, 11 June 2009)
Later bedtimes in teenagers have been linked to depression and suicidal thoughts, according to new US research.

Suicide Prevention

More funds urged for suicide prevention
Irish Times (Wed, 11 June 2009)
Ten times more money is spent on road safety measures than on suicide prevention despite the fact that more people kill themselves than die on the roads. That is one of the findings of a report launched by the Oireachtas Committee on Health yesterday aimed at monitoring progress in tackling suicide.

Coroners reveal 'favourable' attitude towards suicide
Sunday Independent (Sun, 7 June 2009)
A study of Irish coroners has revealed some surprising attitudes towards suicide amongst the professionals tasked with investigating sudden or unexplained deaths.  The study found that while coroners were generally positive about suicide prevention, a majority believe that people who die by suicide are not necessarily mentally ill.

10% of people who deliberately self harm leave hospital before assessment
Irish Examiner (Wed,10 June 2009)
10% of people who deliberately self harm leave hospital before assessment. One in 10 people who engaged in severe, deliberate self harm in the last two years left hospital before being assessed.