Do you know first aid?

A study carried out by NUI Maynooth in October 2012, on behalf of the Irish Red Cross shows that 95% of people surveyed would not respond in an emergency situation, such as a traffic accident or cardiac arrest, as they feared not being competent enough to offer assistance, even if they have been trained in first aid.
We went to the streets of Dublin to see what the public thought.

Should women be allowed carry pepper spray in Ireland?

In light of the Jill Meagher murder in Australia, questions have been raised about the rights women have to protect themselves in Ireland.

At the moment it is illegal to carry pepper spray as a form of protection in this country.

But should it be legalised? Here’s what the people of Dublin think.

National Botanic Garden’s Sculpture In Context Exhibition 2012

By: Sarah Reilly

Sculpture in Context 2012 continues to build on 26 years experience in organising successful exhibitions.

Eleven of these exhibitions have been hosted by the National Botanic Gardens. Both established and emerging artists submit work and this annual exhibition is one of the most prestigious outdoor sculpture exhibitions in Ireland.

The National Botanic Gardens are not only a botanical haven and quiet oasis on the outskirts of Dublin. The gardens also offer a challenging venue which gives the artist the opportunity of realising large scale work.

It also gives visitors an opportunity to ramble and explore, sometimes finding sculptures in the most unusual of places.

With the exhibition due to wrap up on October 19th, get your running shoes on! It really is well worth the visit!

World Mental Health Week

To coincide with World Mental Health Week, DCU has published a shocking report that highlights the level prejudice people with mental health problems still face in Ireland.

In Dublin, the 5th annual National Choral Singing Week  will take place from 6th to 14th October 2012 as part of the awareness week.

Mental health recovery group GROW has launched a Facebook app that will calculate how many of your Facebook friends may be suffering from depression.

Each participant’s number of Facebook friends is automatically run through an algorithm to estimate how many of them are likely to be experiencing mental health issues at this point in time. GROW have targeted Facebook, as it is the most popular form of communication among under 25s, the demographic which is most vulnerable to anxiety, stress and depression.

Junior Minister for Mental Health Kathleen Lynch has told RTE that the Government is working hard on suicide prevention.

Top line findings from DCU’s research:
. 95 per cent of participants reported some level of unfair treatment because of a mental health problem

  • The vast majority of respondents (86 per cent) indicated that they experienced some level of distress as a result of unfair treatment
  • 64 per cent of people reported unfair treatment in making or keeping friends
  • 63 per cent of people reported having been avoided or shunned because of a mental health problem

  • 61 per cent of people reported being treated unfairly by family
  • 44 per cent of people reported being treated unfairly in terms of personal safety 
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  • 43 per cent reported being treated unfairly in keeping a job.
  • 36 per cent of people reported being unfairly treated in finding a job

By Liam Keegan