December 16, 2011


Mental Health

Irish Farmers Journal (Saturday, 10 December 2011)
People who feel they may be suffering from mental health issues should be open about it and reach out for help. That's the thinking behind the IFA's new resource leaflet Let's Talk: Dealing With Stress, brought out in conjunction with See Change.

Mental Health Service

Lack of staff in mental healthcare posing 'risk'

Irish Times (Friday, 16 December 2011)
The Government has clashed with the Health Service Executive over a freeze on staff recruitment which professionals say is undermining the quality and safety of mental health services.

Mental health patients forced into locked ward
Irish Examiner (Tuesday, 13 December 2011)
Five women who had been living on an open ward at St Brendan's Hospital in Dublin were yesterday forced into a locked ward for Christmas because of HSE staff cutbacks

Call for review at psychiatric unit over staff
Evening Herald (Saturday, 10 December 2011)
An immediate review of night cover at a psychiatric clinic in St James's Hospital has been called for by the Inspector of Mental Health.

Suicide Prevention

Recession leads to rise in calls to Samaritans
Irish Times (Wednesday, 12 December 2011)
One in eight calls to the Samaritans in the last 12 months was recession-related, a report published yesterday has found. Loneliness, depression and anxiety also featured strongly among the issues raised by callers.

Mayo GAA manager to launch new suicide awareness group
Connaught Telegraph (Tuesday, 06 December 2011)
The tragic death of high pro- will become a major govern-file soccer manager and TV pundit Gary Speed catapulted suicide onto the front pages of the world press last week. In the west of Ireland, the subject of suicide is again a topic of conversation with local community campaigner Joe McGuire launching a new voluntary suicide awareness group called