April 20, 2015


Mental Health

Toll of social media on mental health of girls
Irish Daily Mail, 20-April-2015
Increasing exposure to social media is having a lasting effect on the mental health of adolescent girls.

Breathe, and stop.
Irish Independent Health & Living, 20-April-2015
Katie Byrne talks about useful coping skills that everyone can incorporate into their daily lives to help alleviate stress and anxiety.

Cyberstalking 'linked to addiction'
Breakingnews.ie, 20-April-2015
People spending a lot of time on their computers or smartphones can find that their ability to form normal healthy relationships away from the screen “shrivels”, according to Dr Emma Short, director of the UK's National Centre for Cyberstalking Research (NCCR). 

External assessor to consider psych unit staffing for Cork hospital
Irish Examiner, 18-April-2015
The move is the latest development in a long-running row over proposed staffing at the €15m psychiatric unit on the grounds of Cork University Hospital (CUH) which was scheduled to open last January.
Cork family protest over lack of funds for UK anorexia care
Irish Examiner, 18-April-2015
The family of a teenager who is being treated for severe anorexia has held a protest outside the offices of the HSE in Cork, demanding she receive funding for overseas treatment.

HSE increases mental health spending to €65m
Clare Champion, 17-April-2015
The HSE has confirmed that there will be a €1.6 million increase in its overall budget for the Galway Roscommon Mental Health Services.
Hospital facility in Cork ‘not suitable’ as psych unit
Irish Examiner, 17-April-2015
The 50-bed acute unit at the Mercy University Hospital (MUH), Cork City, was deemed “not suitable” as a mental health unit in its layout and size.
'No seats' in hospital unit after €1.2m makeover
Independent.ie, 17-April-2015
The 10 patients in the acute section of the psychiatric unit at University Hospital Waterford were very unwell but had to live in surroundings which were "not therapeutic for anyone resident over a lengthy period of time", the report warned.
Grandparents who must take care of children at greater risk of depression
Independent.ie, 14-April-2015
Researchers at Trinity College have found that grandparents providing over 60 hours of care per month experience significantly more depressive symptoms.

Legal opinion: Mental illness is an all-of-society issue requiring an all-of-society response
The Irish Times, 13-April-2015
Last month, Minister of State for Mental Health Kathleen Lynch published the Expert Group Review of the Mental Health Act 2001. The report presents 165 recommendations which, if implemented, would bring radical changes to psychiatric care in Ireland.

Eating disorders hit education, income
Irishhealth.com, 12-April-2015
Developing an eating disorder during adolescence appears to affect women's socioeconomic independence in the long-term, but not men's, a new study has found.

Challenging the stigma for people who hear voices in their heads
Irish Examiner, 11-April-2015
Traditionally associated with serious mental illness, perceptions are changing for people who hear voices, writes James Fogarty.    
Stars shine light on suicide
Galway City Tribune, 17-April-2015
More than 120 people turned out to help Pieta House launch Galway’s Darkness Into Light events at the Galway Bay Hotel last week.

New study seeking to understand and address suicide and self-harm
Medical Independent, 16-April-2015
The National Suicide Research Foundation has launched a new study seeking to identify and understand the main risks and protective factors that contribute to suicide and self-harm.
Second Darkness into Light planned for Bray
Independent.ie, 11-April-2015
Darkness into light will return to Bray on Saturday May 9, starting at the bandstand at 4.15 a.m.
Cyclists put focus on suicide awareness
Irish Examiner Farming, 09-April-2015
Now in its third year, Cycle Against Suicide is the brainchild of founder and entrepreneur Jim Breen. The campaign reinforces the all-important message that “it’s ok not to feel ok and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help”.