May 14, 2010

Mental Health

Reaching out to the web generation
Irish Times (Tue, 11 May 2010)
Mental health experts are set to showcase their experiences of successful mental health programmes, writes CARL O'BRIEN Approaching exam-time in college, Nigel O’Callaghan all too often sees the anxiety, fear and stress building up in his friends and classmates.

Mental Health Service

Mental health reform a 'priority'
Irish Times (Fri, 14 May 2010)
The reform of mental health services in Ireland must become “an absolute political priority”, executive director of Amnesty International Colm O’Gorman said yesterday.

World first in mental health
Medical Independent (Thu, 13 May 2010)

The world's first International Declaration on Youth Mental Health is expected to be ratified at a major international meeting in Killarney next week, placing Ireland at the forefront of the development of youth mental health policy.

Letterkenny General, HSE unveil new buildings
Donegal Peoples Press, (Tue, 11 May 2010)
Construction of the new medical block at Letterkenny General Hospital is on schedule for completion later this year, hospital and Health Service Executive (HSE) management said yesterday.

Mental Ill Health

Experts clash over anti-depressant link to homicides
Irish Times (Fri, 14 May 2010)
The College of Psychiatry of Ireland has said there is no evidence of a link between anti-depressants and homicide. It said the mooted link between anti-depressants and violence did not have a basis in scientific evidence and it risked perpetuating a “false and stigmatising stereotype” that people with mental illness were violent.

Mothers' depression 'can affect babies'
Irish Examiner (Sat, 8 May 2010)
Children of women who suffer severe post-natal depression can suffer speech and language difficulties and find it difficult to socialise in later life if they are not given support by the wider family and if their mother's health

Physical health and psychosis
Irish Medical Times (Thu, 13 May 2010)
Apart from the burden of the psychological condition, people with serious mental illness have a significantly reduced life expectancy for a variety of reasons, including: poor self care, adverse lifestyle choices (smoking, sedentary lifestyle) and negative effects from psychotropic medication (weight gain, metabolic syndrome).


Suicide Prevention

Anti-bullying laws follow Irish teens suicide in US
Irish Examiner (Wed, 12 May 2010)
New York legislators are set to introduce sweeping new anti-bullying laws in response to the tragic death of Co Clare girl Phoebe Prince. Just days after Massachusetts signed "Phoebe's Law" onto the statutes in honour of the 15-year-old who died by suicide after being subjected to a lengthy bullying campaign, a second State has announced plans to establish similar measures. 

Conference on suicide commemorates 10 years of 'Breaking Through'
Liffey Champion (Sat, 8 May 2010)
Practitioners and volunteers from across the entire island of Ireland met in the Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth last month for a conference on bereavement following death by suicide.