September 16, 2011


Mental Health Service

HSE programme aimed at reducing risk of self-harm set for expansion
Irish Examiner (Friday, 16 September 2011)
A new HSE programme in Cork which helps to reduce self-harm is to be rolled out across the county. It follows the successful completion by 12 people of the first year of the Endeavour programme, run by the HSE Souths North Lee Adult Mental Health Services.

HSE to accelerate mental health plan
Irish Times (Thursday, 15 September 2011)
The Health Service Executive is to bring forward a new three-year plan to speed up the implementation of its mental health strategy, the Minister of State for Mental Health has said.

Mental health provision for children delayed by outdated laws
Irish Examiner (Thursday, 15 September 2011)
Out-dated mental health laws are resulting in some children not receiving the correct type of treatment quickly enough, a lawyer who has worked for the HSE said yesterday.

Mental health services have changed'
Irish (Tuesday, 13 September 2011)
The mental health organisation Shine has said it is appalled at the individual allegations of abuse in mental health institutions highlighted in the RTE programmes 'Behind the Walls.'

Accept mental illness as part of human condition
Irish Times (Wednesday, 14 September 2011)
“Modern mental health services must provide a wide range of psychological and other therapeutic interventions” writes Edmond O’Dea, Chairperson of the  Irish Mental Health Commission.

Mental Ill Health

450 people hospitalised 10 times in 7 years by self-harm
Irish Examiner (Thursday, 15 September 2011)
More than 450 people have each been admitted to hospital at least 10 times due to deliberate self-harm in a seven-year period, a conference on mental health heard yesterday.


Self-harm more likely to lead to suicide in young men
Irish Times (Tuesday, 13 September 2011)
A new link has been identified between acts of deliberate self-harm such as overdose or self-cutting and suicide in Irish men who have taken their own lives. The National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) is working with the coroner’s court in Cork where a cluster of 18 young people – mainly young men – took their own lives in one area between September 2008 and March 2010.

More suicide deaths than road fatalities figures show
Western People (Monday, 12 September 2011)
Suicide is claiming three times more lives in Co Mayo than road traffic accidents, according to new statistics. The latest figures were published in a report from the Central Statistics Office, which shows that Mayo has the second highest rate in Connacht and is narrowly behind Co Galway.

Suicide Prevention

Prevention of suicide remains a low priority
Irish Times (Wednesday, 14 September 2011)
“If even a small fraction of the resources poured into preventing banks from imploding were made available to prevent citizens from taking their lives, the rate would be much diminished” writes Vincent Browne on suicide prevention.

Confronting stigmas of mental health key to limiting suicide, says McAleese
Irish Times (Saturday, 10 September 2011)
Lifting the stigma around mental health issues will be crucial to reducing the number of people dying by suicide each year, President Mary McAleese has said. Speaking at an event yesterday organised by the charity Console, Mrs McAleese said the numbers dying by suicide were “deeply disturbing”, and that our historical reluctance to confront the issue has not served society well.