March 29, 2010

Mental Health Services

Crumlin eating disorder unit gets green light

Irish Medical Times (Thu, 25 March 2010)
An eating disorder unit is to be set up in the new National Paediatric Hospital for six to eight inpatient children, Prof Fiona McNicholas, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Crumlin Hospital, told the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health recently.

Psychiatrists must shoulder some of the blame on abuse
Irish Independent (Sat 20, March 2010)
The name of Alfred Kinsey is associated with two books published in 1948 and 1953 ('Sexual Behaviour in the Human Male' and 'Sexual Behaviour in the Human Female' respectively). The findings he reported astonished and horrified the public while for others it represent along awaited end to sexual repression.

New centres of excellence for ECT proposed
Irish Medical Times (Fri, 19 March 2010)
The College of Psychiatry of Ireland (CPI) has called for improved regulation of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and for the establishment of centres of excellence to administer the controversial treatment nationally.

Mental Illness

Trinity gene discovery could lead to schizophrenia cure
Irish Examiner (Wed, 24 March 2010)
Trinity College Dublin scientists have identified genes that may lead to a cure for schizophrenia and bipolar disease which affect one in 50 adults.

Suicide Prevention

The hardest truth: how I told my kids about their father's suicide
Irish Times (Wed, 23 March 2010)
When my husband killed himself, I couldn’t lie to our children – but wasn’t sure how or when to tell the truth, either..

No protests as euthanasia seminar goes ahead
Irish Examiner (Sat, 20 March 2010)
No protests as euthanasia seminar goes ahead it was "almost cc by Noel Baker THE euthanasia advocate nicknamed *Dr Death' expounded his theories on voluntary suicide in Dublin yesterday, with expected protesters nowhere to be seen and , the meeting instead soundtracked, occasionally, by laughter

29 property suicides leave State unmoved
Sunday Independent (Sun, 21 March 2010)
Twenty-nine deaths by suicide can be directly linked to the turmoil in the construction and property sector but dozens more deaths among small investors, homeowners and construction industry workers linked to financial despair have gone unreported.