January 15, 2014

Headline News Highlights (9th – 15th January 2014)

 

 

Mental Health

 

Anger over plastic surgery game aimed at nine-year-olds

Irish Daily Mail, 15-Jan-2014

Apple and Google have been forced to remove a game that encourages girls as young as 9 to use plastic surgery to solve  weight problems.

 

Suicide Prevention

 

Charity fears Street death could lead to copycat suicides

Irish Examiner, 15-Jan-2014

Charity fears Street death could lead to copycat suicides Samaritans advises soap on contentious storyline by Robert Dex. The suicide of Coronation Street character Hayley Cropper over a terminal illness could lead to similar deaths, a leading support charity has warned.  Coronation Streets Julie Hesmondhalgh said mere was "an almost holy atmosphere" during her last scene when her character Hayley killed herself in the face of incurable cancer.

1,000 children asked for help over self-harm

The Herald, 13-Jan-2014

1,000 children asked for help over self-harm By Fiona Dillon PIETA House dealt with more than 1,000 cases of self-harm and suicidal distress in under- 18s last year. The organisation offered assistance to 3,919 people at six of its centres, with a breakdown of 2,222 women and 1,697 men, according to a newly published report.

 

Charity: 600 Irish in UK at risk of suicide

Irish Examiner, 11-Jan-2014

An Irish suicide charity's helpline in Britain last month received 600 calls from Irish immigrants who it deemed to be of "immediate risk" of taking their own lives.  Of the further 1,600 calls that Console's newly formed London centre received last month, 1,100 were from people deemed to be at 'low or moderate risk" of suicide and 500 from family members still in Ireland who were concerned about the welfare of their loved ones living in Britain.

 

Pregnancy should not change the way we assess risk of suicide

Irish Independent, Page 29, 09-Jan-2014

Pregnancy should not change the way we assess risk of suicide. Su
icide risk assessment is something that every psychiatrist carries out each working day. The first port of call for any person who is suicidal, male or female, pregnant or not, old or young is usually their GP who will then refer them to A&E, the nearest general hospital or their local psychiatrist.

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