August 14, 2009

Mental Health 

New Research Reveals Severity of Depression 

Kildare Xtra (05-Aug-2009)

New research launched this month, 'Mind Yourself – The Lundbeck Mental Health Barometer', revealed a marked increase in the perceived severity of depression, as nearly every respondent (95%) agreed that depression can have a very negative impact on a person's life. Depression continues to be the third most disruptive illness in Ireland, rated as more disruptive than cancer, Parkinson's disease and heart disease. 

Concern over hidden depression
The Irish Times (10 -Aug 2009)
FINE GAEL has expressed concern at research that suggests a high level of concealment of depression among the population. The party’s spokesman on mental health, Dan Neville, said a survey of anxiety disorders in Ireland found that 35 per cent of people who had experienced depression, either personally or among family members, concealed the illness from friends and family at the time.

Facial clue to mental health in older men

Evening Herald, (10-Aug-2009)

Research from the university of Edinburgh has shown that men with regular features are likely to be in better mental shape at the end of their lives. 

Recession resulting in less sympathy for those battling mental illness

Irish Examiner, (10-Aug-2009)

People struggling with the recession have even less sympathy for sufferers battling with mental illness, according to the country's leading mental health hospital. St Patrick's University Hospital in Dublin is worried the recession will make it even more difficult for people to admit they have a mental illness. In advance of the launch of the hospital's annual report today, its chief executive, Paul Gilligan said there was a concern people would delay even longer in coming forward for treatment because of the recession, resulting in higher incidences of unreported mental health problems. 

Money concerns are damaging the mental health of students

Irish Independent, (11-Aug-2009)

THE mental health of one in three university students is showing cause for concern and money worries may be part of the problem, ground- breaking new research has revealed. 

820 people "Rock the Boat" in aid of Mental Health

South Tipp Today (12-Aug-2009)

820 people "Rock the Boat" in aid of Mental Health Tipperary Racecourse has produced many great winners on the track but at the conclusion of its Race Meeting on Sunday August 9th it delivered a new World Record when over 800 people participated in Rock the Boat for Mental Health. Organised by the West Tipperary Mental Health Association, the aim of the World Record attempt was to highlight the need to make mental health a national priority. The 'Rock the Boat' that we are familiar with from wedding celebrations was performed for 5 minutes with great gusto, precision and enthusiasm by over 820 people in an attempt to gain entry to the Guinness Book of World Records.  

Mental Health Service 

Social workers call for clarity on out-of-hours measures
Sunday Business Post (09/08/09)
The Irish Association of Social Workers claims the Government needs to spell out in greater detail how the measures being put in place to provide an extend it s out of hours service to GPs, hospitals and mental health services in the wake of the Ryan Report on Institutional Abuse.

Eating Disorders 

Eating Disorders Diagnosed Ins-13 Year Olds

The Carrigdhoun (08-Aug-2009)

Children as young as five are being treated for eating disorders and in some cases experts are force-feeding children to save their lives, a new study has found.  

Suicide Prevention 

Breathing space
The Irish Times 11/08/09
The Space course, run by Temple Street Hospital, helps parents of children who self-harm to calm down and cope.

Antidepressants and suicide risk
Limerick Leader (12/08/09)
A study has found that young adults under the age of 25 have an increased risk of suicide or suicidal thoughts when they take antidepressants, The Independent reported. The newspaper continued, "the risk is greatest after they take the drugs for anxiety and other mental problems not connected with depression".