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Tuesday 30 May 2023 Dublin: 16°C

# Stigma

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Opinion: Messages like this shouldn't be given to patients – depression isn't an 'embarrassing problem'
I came across this poster just last week in a GP waiting room and have to admit I was shocked, and so incredibly disappointed.
# Mental Health
'We shouldn't be afraid to talk about suicide - it's the only way to understand it'
A talk is taking place in Dublin tonight on ‘Understanding the Suicidal Mind’.
Opinion: How mobile phones can be used to fight diseases like Ebola
Novel methods of communicating can break down discrimination and dangerous misinformation.
# listen up
'Upbeat' radio station aims to start positive conversation about mental health
The pop-up radio station is live all this week.
# Children
More training needed for teachers on female genital mutilation to identify children at risk
In Ireland it is estimated that 3,780 women have undergone female genital mutilation.
# Support
'Continued effort needed' to tackle stigma towards mental health issues
A new ESRI report also recommends integrated services for ‘physical and mental disabilities’.
# ask for help
Struggling with your mental health, but don't know where to turn? This can help
Mental Health Reform says people are unsure of where to go next when they or a loved one first start to experience a mental health difficulty.
# Dublin Aids Alliance
'Once you say you're HIV positive, you can't take it back'
HIV in Ireland: screening, stigma and support
# Green ribbon campaign
Want to end mental health stigma? Get talking
The Green Ribbon campaign aims to get people talking about mental health and help break the stigma.
# Muscle Dysmorphia
Men being treated for eating disorders up 67% in the last five years
Bodywhys says the misconception that eating disorders are a ‘female issue’ can sometimes make it harder for a man to acknowledge there is a problem.
# cash or card
Getting counselling but want to keep it private? You better pay in cash
Looking after your mental health but want to keep it private. We ask, should it be hidden from your bank statements?
# Prison Families
'4,000 people are doing time in Irish Prisons - 4,000 families are doing time outside'
New documentary looks at how families of prisoners cope in the outside world.
Column: People using mental health services should be active participants in their own care
We need recovery-oriented services for mental health which involves the input not just of doctors, but of the individual and the community, writes Dr Shari McDaid.
# illness
One third of people with bipolar disorder unable to work - report
Around 40,000 people in Ireland have bipolar disorder, but many were only diagnosed after experiencing symptoms for between 2 and 3 years.
# Stigma
10 signs that you are addicted to shopping
It might sound like a joke – but the stress, debt and emotional dependence is nothing to laugh about.
# Health
What Stigma? Short doc looks at Ireland's mental health
Mental health experts talk opendly and eloquently about Ireland’s experiences.
Column: ‘Surely it’s time Ireland embraced the memorial poppy’
It’s not about choosing sides – Ireland should lose its timidity and commemorate fallen Irish soldiers, writes David McCann.
Read Me: An open letter to my own depression
Garry Williams, who has suffered from depression for years, addresses his illness directly.
# Stigma
20 per cent think people with mental health problems are 'of below average intelligence'
More than 40 per cent of people surveyed said that undergoing treatment for mental health problem is a sign of personal failure.
Column: 'There are 1800 people in Ireland who may have HIV but don't know it'
On Irish AIDS Day, Pam McHugh says people should ask themselves if they know their HIV status – and if not, why not.
Column: I tried to take my own life – and this is what it taught me
Depressed and confused, Damian Martin attempted suicide. He writes about what led him to it, and what he learned.
# Mental Health
Mental health groups challenge candidates to come up with plans
The seven presidential candidates have mentioned mental health issues and suicide prevention during their campaigns. Three Irish mental health groups have asked for their plans.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Irish people be more open about mental health problems?
New initiatives are aiming to reduce the stigma around psychological issues. Do you think this is still a problem in Ireland?
# Fussy Eaters
Picky eating: farce or phobia?
Scientists are investigating whether being a “picky eater” is actually a eating disorder.