January 15, 2010

Mental Health

Junk food is linked to anxiety in women
Evening Herald (Fri, 14 Jan 2010)
Women who suffer from depression and anxiety may need to cut out processed foods, says a new study. Researchers from the University of Melbourne, Australia, found mood disorders were more common among women aged 20 to 93 who, over 10 years, ate primarily processed, refined, high-fat foods.

Mental Illness

'Legal high' drugs causing psychiatric illness epidemic, says A&E doctor
Irish Examiner (Wed, 13 Jan 2010)
A leading Emergency Department consultant has warned legal drugs, which are replacing cocaine and amphetamines and sold in alternative lifestyle shops, are causing an "epidemic of psychiatric illness' .

Volunteers Sought In Tullamore For Mental Health Research
Tullamore Tribune (Thu, 14 Jan 2010)
Researchers working on a groundbreaking new project examining discrimination and mental health are looking for help from people who have experienced mental health problems and are over 18 years of age.

Mental Health Service

Ardee could be site of hospital
Dundalk Leader (Wed, 13 Jan 2010)
Ardee could be the site of the new Central Mental Hospital (CMH) according to a leading medical publication. Irish Medical News (IMN) has revealed that the Mid Louth town is among a number of sites being considered by Mental Health Minister, John Moloney.

Government to amend mental health legislation
Sunday Business Post (Sun, 10 Jan 2010)
The government is to push through legislation in the spring to allow the recall of patients conditionally discharged from the Central Mental Hospital. The Criminal Law (Insanity) (Amendment) Bill is being drafted at the request of the Mental Health (Criminal Law) Review Board, which reviews the detention of every patient in Dundrum every six months.


Campaign aims to abolish stigma
Sunday Independent (Sun, 10 Jan 2010)
Depression Awareness Week (DAWN) begins on Mon- day, January 18. The campaign aims to reach out to individuals in Ire- land affected by depression and to diminish the stigrna associated with this condition.

Suicide Prevention

Website explains coroner service
Weekender (Sat, 16 Jan 2010)
Bereaved families who are awaiting inquests can now access information about the coroner's service, thanks to a new online service that has been launched by the Government. The Department of Justice has created www.coroners.ie   , which is run by a Coroner Service Implementation Team based at Athlumney House in Johnstown, Navan.

Lost Generation take their lives, and deaths, into their own hands
Sunday Independent (Sun, 10 Jan 2010)
Garda statistics and indicators about deaths that would otherwise be referred to as "misadventure" suggest that more than 700 people committed suicide in 2009. Aside from the widely reported cases in which developers and businessmen killed themselves after suffering financial ruin, gardai and emergency service professionals say they encountered an unusually high number of young men committing suicide over the past 12 months.

Widowed people twice as likely to die by suicide
Irish Independent (Sat, 9 Jan 2010)
Widowed men and women are more than twice as likely to die by suicide or accidental death every year, new research has found. The disturbing toll has emerged in the first Irish research into the rate of suicide and accidental death among widowed Irish people. And some of the deaths could be preventable if vulnerable people had more contact from social services and health professionals. Study author Paul Corcoran looked at the death patterns among widowed.