May 1, 2015


Mental Health

Orthorexia: is an obsession with ‘healthy food’ the new eating disorder?

The Irish Times, 01-May-2015
The is an increasing trend of people developing orthorexia – an unhealthy fixation on what they think is healthy eating – this can cause people to develop serious physical and mental problems.

One in five trainee doctors ‘may need mental health support’
The Irish Times, 30-April-15
Twenty per cent of doctors training for senior posts may be in need of support for mental health issues, a survey by the Medical Council has found.

Clubs urged to promote health and wellbeing
Meath Topic, 30-April-2015
Local GAA clubs will be rolling out the new “Sport Your Mind” programme. This youth mental health programme is designed to provide information and support to community active sports organisations, such as the GAA on dealing with mental health and stress.
Mental health crisis as a direct result of Ballinasloe closure
Athlone Topic, 30-April-2015
Speaking in the Dáil this week, Denis Naughton TD, highlighted the problems in the mental health services in Roscommon and Galway. They have experienced increased pressure since the closure of the acute psychiatric unit at St. Luke’s in Ballinasloe.

New legislation to outlaw ECT on unwilling patients
The Irish Times, 25-April-2015
New legislation outlawing the administration of electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) to patients who have capacity and refuse it has been announced by Minister of State for Mental Health Kathleen Lynch.

All-island cycle brings positive message on tour through Cork
Irish Examiner County, 28-April-2015
Up to 1,000 cyclists are expected to pedal through Cork City and county as part of the annual Cycle Against Suicide. The cycle aims to raise awareness of suicide and to promote the message that “It’s OK not to feel OK, and it’s more than OK to ask for help.”

'Be a good listener, because a cry for help is hard to hear'
Roscommon People, 24-April-2015
Paul Healy talks to a member of the Ballygar Darkness in Light committee about the comfort and support that the walks and runs can bring, the effect that suicide can have on a family, and the importance of promoting and raising awareness of suicide.