February 15, 2013

Mental Health Service
North County Leader (Tuesday, 12th February, 2013)
 Local group, Jigsaw North Fingal recently held free evening information sessions in the Carnegie Court Hotel in Swords and in the Bracken Court Hotel in Balbriggan called 'Supporting Young People's Mental Health'.
Irish Examiner (Monday, 11th February, 2013)
The idea of the group is to look at hearing voices as a common and meaningful human experience rather than as an illness-related condition, explains Angela Carrazza, arts therapist and group facilitator.
Irish Times (Tuesday, 12th February, 2013)
Up to 10 per cent of fathers can suffer from ‘baby blues’, but there are difficulties in recognising it.
Eating Disorders
Irish Independent (Friday, 15th February, 2013)
In a recent study, Dr Emma Bond, a lecturer at University of Suffolk, found that there are currently between 400 and 500 of the sites [pro-anorexia] on the web and that over the course of a year, more than half-a-million visitors used them.
Irish Independent (Monday, 11th February, 2013)
A new online therapy programme for teenagers with low self-esteem will hopefully prevent them from developing eating disorders.
Suicide Prevention
Irish Examiner (Friday, 15th February, 2013)
A computer-based system which can help to identify those at risk of suicide has been developed by researchers at NUI Maynooth.
Connaught Telegraph (Tuesday, 12th February, 2013)
Concerted efforts by a leading youth organisation in Mayo to tackle mental health and cyber-bullying issues among their peers have received a significant boost.
West Cork People (Friday, 8th February, 2013)
The initiative is funded by HSE South who works closely with the national suicide prevention and bereavement charity Console and both hope to provide more courses in the second half of 2013.
Killarney Advertiser (Friday, 8th February, 2013)
The uniqueness of this programme is that the identification of the need for such a programme came directly from young people who wanted to make a difference in their community after experiencing the suicide of friends and/or family members.
Cork Independent (Thursday, 7th February, 2013)
New guidelines for mental health and suicide prevention for post-primary schools will provide a clear framework on how to address these issues.