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Report shows self harm highest in HSE West among 20 to 24 year olds

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The incidence of self harm in the HSE West region is highest among 20 to 24 year olds.

That’s according to the half yearly report of the National Registry of Deliberate Self Harm issued by the National Suicide Research Foundation.

The report examines the first six months of 2012 and shows that the incidence of deliberate self harm in the HSE West was highest, among 20 to 24 year olds.

Nationally, over 6 thousand presentations were made to hospitals nationwide, and more than half of these were made by women.

However, this is 3 percent lower than the number recorded during the same period of 2011.

In the wake of the statistics, the HSE is planning to roll out 37 specialised nurses at hospitals nationwide in the coming months.

Dr Ella Aremsmam of the National Suicide Resarch Foundation told FYI Galway that the trends in statistics supports such an important rollout.

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Taoiseach grilled in Dáil over lack of Gardai in rural Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Taoiseach Micheal Martin has been grilled in the Dáil over a lack of Gardai in rural areas across Galway.

Raising the issue, Deputy Clare Kerrane outlined how Garda numbers are falling since 2009 despite a significant increase in the population.

She argued people are living in fear – and a real plan is needed to tackle rural crime and anti-social behavior.

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TD Mairéad Farrell says children’s mental health care has reached ‘crisis point’

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –Local TD Mairéad Farrell is warning children’s mental health care in Galway and Ireland is at a ‘crisis point’.

The Galway West TD cites there are almost 300 young people waiting for appointments with CAHMS across Galway, Roscommon and Mayo.

She says it’s unacceptable children are waiting over a year for access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health services.

Deputy Farrell is urging the Government to address the situation.

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Car parking charges to be introduced at Leisureland next week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Car parking charges are to be introduced at Leisureland next week.

The move was announced in August due to the difficulty experienced by visitors and members trying to find on-site parking.

From Wednesday, Leisureland will start utilising newly-installed car barrier systems.

The cost of parking will be €2 per hour, or €12 for the day – with no overnight parking or camping permitted.

Gym and pool members will continue to have access to free parking.

The management company says the new charges will ensure better availability and a better service to members and other users of the facilities.

New bike parking stations have also been installed, while 22 parking spaces in the front section have been reserved as a set-down area.

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