October 16, 2009

Mental Health

 Politicians fear for their mental health                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Irish Independent (Tue, 13 Oct 2009)One in four politicians has concerns about their own mental health in a sign of the rising stress levels in politics. A further 15pc have sought help for a mental health problem, according to a new survey of TDs and senators in Leinster House. 

Increase in homeless older womenCork Independent (Thu, 8 Oct 2009)There been a marked increase in the number of elderly women becoming homeless because of abuse by their children in Cork.  

Future not bright, say teenagers
Irish Times (Tue, 13 Oct 2009)
Almost half of Irish teenagers believe the future for Ireland “is not very bright”, national research published yesterday finds.The survey of young people and their attitudes to mental health was commissioned by the Health Service Executive’s (HSE) Office for Suicide Prevention and carried out by Millward Brown Lansdowne. 

Guide for principals on helping gay pupils
Irish Times (Tue, 13 Oct 2009)
Twelve years of age is the most common age for a lesbian, gay or transgender young person to become aware of their sexual identity. It is at the age of 17 that a young person is most likely to “come out” to someone they trust. 

HSE adopt Rochfortbridge school's slogan for new mental health campaignMeath Topic (Thu, 8 Oct 2009)A suicide awareness slogan created by St Joseph's Rochfortbridge student, Carolin Flynn, is to be the new theme for a HSE Young People's Mental Health Awareness TV advertisement campaign.  

 Mental Health Service 

Midlands site considered for mental hospitalIrish Examiner (Tue, 13 Oct 2009)A site in the Midlands is among those being considered as the location for the new Central Mental Hospital, the Minister for Mental Health John Moloney said yesterday. 

New health drop-in centre for TravellersClare Champion (Fri, 9 Oct 2009)Travellers in Clare who are experiencing any type of health problem should access the new health drop-in centre in Ennis, according to the Mayor of Clare, Councillor Tony Mulcahy, The new centre, which is run by three qualified community health workers, who are also members of the Travelling community, was officially opened by Councillor Mulcahy last week.   

Mental Illness

Family support eases postnatal blues
Irish Times (Tue, 13 Oct 2009)
The more support new first-time mothers get from family and friends, the less likely they are to suffer from postnatal depression, a new study has found. 

Trapped in the web
Irish Times (Tue, 13 Oct 2009)
If there were a medication for it, the process of declaring internet addiction a true illness would probably be completed faster. Psychiatrists struggling to draft a new manual to diagnose mental illness haven’t agreed it’s a mental illness yet. 

 Public fears of being killed by a mentally ill stranger 'are misplaced'Herald AM (Mon, 12 Oct 2009)People have only a one in 14 million risk of being killed by a stranger suffering from schizophrenia, researchers found. Homicides by people with the mental disease who are unknown to their victims are "exceptionally rare and unpredictable", said scientists.