March 14, 2008

Mental Health Service

Funds from land sales
Irish Medical Times (Tue, 11 Mar 2008)
The Department of Health and the Department of Finance have failed to state how much, if anything, has been raised from the sale of psychiatric lands and buildings since A Vision For Change was published in January 2006.

Suicide Prevention

Suicide report identifies consistent under-reporting in official records 
Medicine Weekly (Tue, 11 Mar 2008)
There was considerable under-reporting of suicide in official records between 1864 and 1980, a new report on the level of suicide and deliberate self harm in Ireland, published last week by the HRB has revealed.

One in 10 teens self-harms, survey reveals
Sunday Times (Sun, 9 Mar 2008)
The National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) says there is "an urgent need" to tackle the problem of self-harm among teens after a survey found about one in 10 are deliberately injuring themselves.

Drink lobby failure 'hit suicide rate'
Irish Examiner (Fri, 7 Mar 2008)
The Government's failure to confront the alcohol industry lobby has contributed to the high number of young male suicides. That's according to a Health Research Board study which said reducing alcohol use was the only sure-fire policy that would prevent suicide.

Eating Disorders

Govt ignoring eating disorders plight
Irish Health (Wed, 12 Mar 2008)
The Government has been accused of ignoring the plight of people with eating disorders, following the case of a 22-year-old Cork woman with anorexia who was refused funding by the HSE for treatment in England.