July 15, 2011

Eating Disorders

More men developing eating disorders
Irish Times (Wednesday, 13 July 2011)
The pressure to look like a male model is driving more men to develop dangerous eating disorders, experts in Britain warned today. GPs have been warned to be on the lookout for the potentially fatal conditions, which include anorexia and bulimia, after a rise in the number of those affected.

Family meals cut anorexia risk

Irish Daily Star (Thursday, 14 July 2011)
Teenagers who sit down to family meals cut their risk of developing eating disorders by up to 35 per cent, a study has shown. The risk of anorexia or bulimia fell by more than a third for teens who ate five meals with their parents a week, according to British researchers.

Mental Health

Arts festival to raise awareness of mental health problems

Irish Examiner (Wednesday, 13 July 2011)
Music and art project to raise awareness about mental health problems in a positive way will play a series of gigs throughout the city until October. Music for the Mind, founded by 22-year-old Michelle Dalton, is a new Cork-based arts festival aimed at raising awareness of mental health.

Mental Health Service

Irish College of Psychiatry supports new HSE report
Medical Independent (Thursday, 14 July 2011)
Despite the fact that 50 per cent of people with severe to profound intellectual disabilities and 20-25 per cent of those with mild to moderate difficulties, will have a mental health problem at some stage in their lives, many are unable to access treatment, the College of Psychiatry of Ireland has said.

Poor service on offer for new mums who develop mental problems after birth
Irish Independent (Monday, 11 July 2011)
Ireland has the highest birth rate in Europe, with more than 70,000 babies born here annually. But new mothers can be poorly served if they develop mental health problems. Dr Anthony McCarthy, a consultant perinatal psychiatrist in the National Maternity Hospital, said he is one of only three such specialists in the country, all of whom are based in the main maternity hospitals in Dublin.

Mental Ill Health

'No shame in mental illnesses'

Irish Daily Mirror (Friday, 15 July 2011)
Patients with mental health problems have been urged to get help quickly after figures show that 41% of sufferers waited at least a year. The report from St. Patricks University, Dublin found that 19% of patients waited almost five years before seeking advice on their symptoms.

Calls to depression helpline up 8%
Irish Times (Friday, 08 July 2011)
Calls to a helpline established to support people with depression rose by 8 per cent last year, according to the charity Aware. The helpline responded to 14,987 calls in 2010, compared to 13,923 the previous year, its annual report shows. November was cited as the busiest month with 1,474 calls. Aware said that its figures only include the number of calls answered rather than all calls made to the service.

Northwest Express (Thursday, 07 July 2011)
Researchers at the Northern Illinois University have found that although family members, particularly mothers, often provide much needed support for the mentally ill, they can also be the source of negative attitudes that stigmatize these patients and impede their recovery; "Negative attitudes of family members have the potential to affect the ways that mentally ill persons view themselves, adversely influencing the likelihood of recovery from the illness.”


Suicide up 'due to financial crisis'
Irish Times (Friday, 08 July 2011)
Suicides rates rose sharply in Europe in 2007 to 2009 as the financial crisis drove unemployment up and squeezed incomes, with the worst hit countries like Ireland and Greece seeing the most dramatic increases, researchers said today. An international group of academics published their initial analysis in the Lancet  journal and said the data "reveal the rapidity of the health consequences of financial crises".

Suicide Prevention

Mayfield suicide action group starts campaign

Irish Examiner (Tuesday, 12 July 2011)
A community suicide action group is distributing a pocket-sized information card to pubs, community centres, schools and taxi drivers to help people at risk of suicide. The Mayfield Action Group on Suicide, with the support of local Gardaí and politicians, is seen as an important step to promoting awareness and vigilance within communities.