March 13, 2009

Mental Health

Spike Milligan’ public speaking competition
Irish Medical Times (Wed, 11 Mar 2009)
The 2009 ‘Spike Milligan’ public speaking competition, involving all medical universities on the island, will be held at 6pm on Wednesday 25th March at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin. The theme for this year’s debate is – “Mental Health – Everybody’s Business, Nobody’s Child’

Amnesty fears over mental health bill
Irish Examiner (Tue, 10 Mar 2009)
Amnesty International Ireland has expressed its concern to the Government that a new Mental Capacity Bill does not guarantee equal rights to all patients and that it could leave the system open to legal delays and increased costs. It is understood that Amnesty outlines its concerns on some aspects of the Mental Capacity Bill 2008 in its submission to the Government, although in general it welcomes the proposed legislation.

Mental Health Service

Community-led health initiatives 'more effective'
Irish Times (Thu, 12 Mar 2009)
Health services are more effective in meeting people’s needs in disadvantaged areas when communities are involved in the design and delivery of healthcare, according to a new report.

Child safety fears as out-of-hours care denied
Irish Examiner (Tue, 10 Mar 2009)
Children suffering abuse, violence and neglect are going undetected and unaided because the Government refuses to fund out-of-hours social services. A staggering 657,000 calls were made to the ISPCC's voluntary Childline service last year but even more alarming is that over half a million of them were made outside the 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday period worked by social workers.

Mental Illness

Kids' brain skills depend on dad's age
Irish Health (Wed, 11 Mar 2009)
The children of older fathers perform less well in a range of cognitive tests during infancy and early childhood compared to the offspring of younger fathers, the results of a new study indicate. In contrast, the children of older mothers achieve higher scores in the same tests.


Kids badly affected by parent depression
Irish Health (Mon, 9 Mar 2009)
Children are seriously affected when a parent suffers from depression, with many taking on an enormous amount of responsibility for the ill parent and other family members, a new study has found. A Swedish researcher followed the progress of nine families, which included 10 children and young adults aged between five and 26 and 11 parents affected by depression.

Depression linked to heart disease
Irish Health (Fri, 6 Mar 2009)
A history of major depression increases the risk of heart disease over and above any genetic risks, US researchers have said. 

Suicide Prevention

People at risk of suici
de by funding cut
Irish Examiner (Thu, 12 Mar 2009)
The 12.5% cut in funding for the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) means that those at risk of suicide are being "abjectly failed" by authorities, an Oireachtas meeting has heard.

Half of teens referred to drug service had attempted suicide
Irish Examiner (Tue, 10 Mar 2009)
Almost half of young teenagers referred to a leading adolescent alcohol and drug service last January had tried to kill themselves. Of 34 teenagers referred to Matt Talbot Adolescent Services (MTAS), 15 had at- tempted suicide in the three months prior to referral.

Attention-deficit drug linked to suicide risk
Irish Examiner (Sat, 7 Mar 2009)
Drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children as young as six has been linked to a suicide risk, according to a warning from the state's drug policing body.