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Saturday 10 June 2023 Dublin: 17°C

# Self Harm

This year
2023
# Mental Health
Children’s hospitals ‘seeing astronomical number of young people self-harming’
Dr Mary Cannon said there are only a ‘handful’ of adolescent inpatient mental health beds in Dublin, despite rising need.
All time
# Mental Health
Pandemic is driving 'unprecedented demand' for suicide prevention and mental health services
Ella Arensman has been appointed Ireland’s first Professor of Public Mental Health.
Voices
Opinion: 'I tried to take my own life more than once and felt the compassion of staff begin to fade'
On World Suicide Prevention Day our reader details her struggles and experience of the Irish mental health services.
# Mental Health
More than 9,785 people presented to hospital due to self-harm last year
There has been an increase in self-harm among young people aged 10-24 years.
# Suicide
'We will not allow any graphic images of self-harm, such as cutting on Instagram'
The CEO of the company says it needs to do more.
# new research
Suicide: Concerns that Netflix show 13 Reasons Why could lead to 'copycat cases'
The popular Netflix drama has proven controversial, with research around the world ongoing.
# clontarf hospital
Minister quizzed over claims hospital staff were required to change statements after incident of self-harm
Concerns were previously raised at the hospital over a suicidal man’s attempt to take his own life there.
# alarming findings
Almost 90% of older adults who self harm aren't referred to mental health specialist - study
The UK research highlights that self harm is not just a problem in younger people.
# Mental Health
Men account for eight in 10 suicides in Ireland
The overall rate of suicide deaths has decreased in recent years.
# Suicide Prevention
15,000 people to take part in largest ever study of youth mental health
The research will help influence youth mental health policy and practice in Ireland.
# Facebook
Retail Excellence suspends partnership with Facebook after undercover reporter exposes violations
Retail Excellence had partnered with Facebook to provide training to retailers to enhance their digital strategies through their platform.
# Mental Health
Self-harm hospital presentations 'just the tip of the iceberg', mental health services warn
Pieta House and St Patrick’s Mental Health Services are calling for more discussion to be had around self-harm.
# Suicide
Call for special taskforce to Tallaght area after concerns about suicide deaths
Sinn Féin’s Sean Crowe says access to mental health care is ‘missing or thin on the ground’ in his constituency.
# Mental Health
From zero funding to a thriving New York branch: Joan Freeman's Pieta House journey
In 2006, Freeman put her house up as collateral to fund Pieta House. Now, she’s just launched a New York branch.
# Milly Tuomey
Tragic suicide of young girl shines light on issue of self-harm in children
Self-harm is being seen to begin at a younger age, said an Irish psychotherapist.
# Hope
'I idolised him': Aisling Bea writes powerful article about her father's suicide
“I had been told how he adored me, how I was funny, just like him.”
# crisis point
No public health policy has 'been designed with the homeless population specifically in mind'
A new study has shown increases in the number of homeless people dying from drug and/or alcohol abuse and on methadone.
# nowhere to go
Plight of teenager left 'lying in hospital' for weeks brought to High Court
There is no suitable placement for the teenager, who has a history of self harm.
# nothing we didn't know
Kerry has one of Ireland's highest rates of suicide - will the government's 'action plan' help?
The outgoing Kerry coroner is critical of the government’s new plan to reduce suicides in Kerry.
# Mental Health
Public holidays are the busiest time for self-harm cases in Ireland
An average of 32 incidents of self-harm cases were presented in hospitals on public holidays.
# Pieta House
In photos: Over 150,000 people at 150 locations take part in Darkness into Light
The symbolic walk into the light is aimed at encouraging people to talk about suicide and mental health issues.
Voices
Column: 'I became labelled as my mental illness. I was ridiculed and excluded'
Mental health issues are still not really understood by our society, writes Siobhán Brady.
# Pieta House
'Darkness Into Light allows us to talk about the wound left by suicide'
Senator Joan Freeman talks to us about mental health services and being ‘a pain in the government’s neck’.
# Pieta House
'Nobody’s ashamed to say they broke their leg, but there’s still a shame linked to mental illness'
Pieta House’s Resilience Academy aims to help young people deal with mental health issues.
# Awareness
The number of people self-harming in Ireland is continuing to rise
A conference will be held next month to raise awareness of how to tackle self-harm.
# ditch the script
'Improv can tell us a lot about ourselves, it's very liberating'
There’s a greater vulnerability associated with improv than other forms of performance, Neil Curran explains why that doesn’t have to be scary.
# Mind Our Farm Families
Pieta House teams up with farming group to highlight suicide among men in rural areas
Pieta House and the IFA are running a phoneline and counselling service.
# before sunrise
Darkness Into Light: 120,000 people take part in annual suicide prevention event
All over the country (and overseas too) people got up ridiculously early to run for Pieta House.
# Suicide
WATCH: Bressie gives impassioned speech about the 'epidemic of this generation'
“We simply cannot ignore this anymore. We have to be honest and ask ourselves, ‘Truly are we doing enough?’”
# Criticism
Do these Topshop 'gold scar' tattoos glamorise self-harm?
The “statement scar designs” have been criticised for appearing to make a fashion statement of self-harm.
# Inquest
Mother tells inquest that son who overdosed 'should never have been let out of hospital'
Glen Murphy McNally died days after discharging himself. An open verdict was returned at the inquest.
# Subcultures
Goth kids could be more at risk of depression and self-harm
But not necessarily because they are goths.
# Self Harm
13 people using mental health services in Carlow, Kilkenny and Tipperary took their own lives
The state’s mental health watchdog has found training for mental health service providers was inadequate.
# Suicide Prevention
'Just by being there for a friend, we can keep life itself'
The government wants to reduce suicide and self-harm by 10% over the next five years.
# suicide crisis
Teachers are being trained to spot the 'warning signs' of suicide
The model has been compared to learning CPR.
# Donal Walsh
96FM apologises for claiming minister used teenager's death for publicity
Kathleen Lynch has been paid undisclosed damages.
Voices
Opinion: Postnatal depression filled me with an all-consuming, terrifying and explosive rage
When you think of ‘depression’, feelings of sadness and anxiety might come to mind – but anger is powerful (often overlooked) emotion.
# scars
There's a growing pro self-harm movement and it's worrying mental health experts
It is estimated that at least 100,000 people are self-harming in Ireland every year.
# Love/Hate
The King Nidge runners have been donated to charity... but they could be yours
Pieta House are now in possession of the coveted shoes, and are running a text-to-win competition.
# Mental Health
Over 11,000 people ended up in hospital last year after self-harming
Ireland has the 4th highest rate of suicide among 15-19 year olds in the EU.