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# Isolation

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# Support
'I was all alone in the house, no wife, no kids - when my dog died it was the last thing'
ALONE is looking for volunteers for its befriending service.
# Outbreak
Ebola virus ruled out for patient in Dublin hospital
A Dublin hospital had restricted access to the patient as they investigated Ebola as a possibility – they have now cleared him.
Voices
Bullied: Your stories of bullying in the workplace
We asked and you told us. Here are some of your experiences of bullying in the workplace.
# Loneliness
A helpline is the only contact some elderly people have with others
Over 2,000 people have called Senior Help Line in the first three months of this year.
# Donegal
Isolation and the lack of opportunities impacts on young peoples’ mental health in Donegal
The Jigsaw programme in Donegal has seen 230 young people avail of its service in just one year.
# Stress
Sharp increase in suicidal farmers calling helpline over financial troubles
Financial woes and the fodder shortage has left many farmers in an extremely difficult situation, says suicide prevention charity Console.
# Mental Health
New Donegal centre hopes to tackle mental health issues and rural isolation
The HSE area manager in Donegal explains what they hope to achieve by making a ‘one stop shop’ for mental health services.
Voices
Column: Nobody ever chooses to be homeless – this government is pushing people to the brink
Access to health services is key to leaving homelessness behind – which is why Budget 2014 is so damaging to the Government’s commitment to end long-term homelessness by 2016, writes Niamh Randall.
# Breast Cancer
Global survey shows advanced breast cancer patients are battling isolation
A global survey has found that two-thirds of women with advanced breast cancer feel like no one knows what they are going through.
# rural ireland
More than 81% of farmers support gun ownership rights
Eight out of ten farmers say they should have the right to own a gun to protect themselves and their property.
# Solitary Confinement
Irish prison system 'over-reliant' on prolonged solitary confinement
The Irish Penal Reform Trust said today that extended periods of isolation can cause harm to prisoners’ mental health and make rehabilitation impossible.
Voices
Column: Why I wanted to make a movie about isolation in rural Ireland
IFTA Rising Star winner, Gerard Barrett, says people in Ireland don’t talk enough about how they feel – which can lead to tragedy. In making his award-winning movie, Pilgrim Hill, for just €4500, he lifted the lid on loneliness experienced by country farmers.
Voices
Column: Keeping my faith can be challenging at times, but it's my safe haven
The choosing of a new pope has brought a positive feeling about the Roman Catholic Church and a sense of new beginnings, says Patricia McNally, who explains why her faith is so important to her.
# Isolation
Free seminar aims to support deaf teens and their parents who feel isolated
Irish Deaf Kids said students with hearing difficulties are now benefiting from modern technologies, which should be used more in schools.
# Norway
Breivik files complaint over "aggravated torture" in prison
Breivik, who is serving a 21-year jail sentence for killing 77 people, has complained about being kept in isolation for too long.
# Elderly
Councillor urges people to check on elderly neighbours after death of man in Dublin
The elderly man, who had been dead for several days, was found in his home in Ballyfermot this morning.
# all alone
One third of pensioners in one Irish county live on their own – census
This interactive graph based on census data show how isolated people across parts of Ireland are.
# Pensioners
Almost 80 per cent of lone pensioners have no internet access
Age Action Ireland said it has concerns that older people may become increasingly isolated and excluded from certain services as they continue to move online.
Voices
Column: We don’t know our neighbours anymore. Let’s change that.
Changes in Irish society have meant people lost touch with the communities around them, writes Alan Jagoe.
# Tuberculosis
Tuberculosis case confirmed at Griffith College in Dublin
One case of TB has been confirmed at the Dublin 8 campus.
# Christmas
Older people risk isolation at Christmas, charity warns
Loneliness can have real health effects with Christmas a particularly bad time, support organisation Alone said.
# Burma
Hillary Clinton to visit Burma
President Barack Obama said the historic trip by the Secretary of State will take place next month after the US said it saw “flickers of progress” in the country which has been isolated for decades.
# solitary
UN calls for an end to solitary confinement as punishment
The UN’s lead investigator on torture has called using solitary confinement as a punishment “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment” – which can amount to “torture”.
# Trapped Miners
Chilean miners in good spirits (video)
Miners record special messages for their anxious relatives, as one family says it will sue mine owners.
# Trapped Miners
Chile looks to the skies to keep its miners safe
Authorities ask NASA for tips on how to keep the 33 miners amused while they wait for rescue.