Information Lab Ireland writes:
The River Corrib under the Wolfe Tone Bridge, Galway
Denise McNamara, in the Connacht Tribune, reports:
An 18-year-old girl who was rescued from the River Corrib following a suicide attempt, was then turned away from the Emergency Department at UHG.
Dripping wet from the attempted drowning at Wolfe Tone Bridge, she was assessed in the back of an ambulance by a triage nurse and was deemed unfit to be admitted to the hospital.
She kept insisting she would take her own life, so Gardaí brought her to a cell at Mill Street for her own safety.
When her father arrived to collect her from Galway Garda Station, she was still insisting that she would repeat the suicide attempt.
The pair then drove to the Emergency Department, where he pleaded with medical staff to admit his daughter due to her acute psychotic state. Staff refused, and she remained in a distressed and uncooperative state.
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From a reader who wishes to remain anonymous.
Dear Broadsheet Readers,
My sister recently completed an honours degree after 5 years (1 repeat). It was a difficult slog for her as she battled with mental health issues throughout the last 2 years of the course. They were triggered by the deaths of two people close to us in quick succession.
With the help of counselling sessions, family members and medication she managed to get her degree and once the pressure of the last year of college was over her mental health improved significantly and she was back to her usual self.
She felt ready to begin her masters and has enrolled for the coming year.
Concerned about her mental health deteriorating again once the course starts she went to our local GP to get the contraceptive pill as it helps keep her hormones/emotions/mood in check.
And this is why I’m contacting you – the GP refused to give her the contraceptive pill because it’s “against her beliefs”. Just flat out refused. Needless to say my sister left the surgery a little embarrassed and upset.
Surely in 2017 this cannot be acceptable from a GP? Or is it? From my sister’s point of view she didn’t seek the pill as a lifestyle choice – she was seeking it for her mental health. And it is a difficult subject for her to discuss.
I’d like to point out that the GP’s practice is in a city and would be quite busy. My sister used to get her pill from the doctor near her college so this was her first (and last) time asking our family doctor for it!
The results of an Irish Examiner/ReachOut Ireland teen mental health survey “designed to capture the views of teenagers in Ireland in relation to youth mental health and the issues that affect them”.
Exams and school mostly.
— Kate Barry (@EllenKMetcalf) March 30, 2017
Warriors of The Light is an evening of music, poetry and storytelling organised by Dublin GAA star Kevin McManamon and his best friend Mark Swaine.
The event is a forum where people share stories about mental health, and their tools for maintaining wellbeing.
All proceeds from the gig will go to SOAR, an organisation which runs wellness programmes for young people.
The inaugural event in May included performances from Danny O’Reilly (The Coronas), Róisín Ó, Cry Monster Cry and Stephen James Smith, and this Friday, more of the country’s finest talent will take to the stage. All will be revealed on the night!
Warriors Of The Light takes place in Café Blás (The Chocolate Factory), 26 King’s Inns St, Dublin 1 on Friday, December 9, with doors opening at 7pm and the show starting at 7.30pm. Tickets can be purchased at link below. Thank you.
“You know, Claire, it’s not too long ago, where I was, my life, I was convinced, the only way out of the immense emotional pain and suffering I was in, was to take my own life.
I came very close, moments away from it, but thankfully, through various supports, and was able to recover my wellbeing in a sense, and my health. But the situation, for a lot of families around the country, the reality is, around Christmas time, there’ll be a lot of empty chairs at tables, and unnecessarily so.
It doesn’t have to be that way. People don’t want to end their lives, they want to end the pain they’re in. Let’s implement the 24/7 specialist support services, as was said would be done in the Vision for Change, let’s end the omnipresent stigma that still engulfs this very common aspect of the human experience, and prevents so many people from coming forward and getting support.
Let’s create a pioneering education system that nourishes the most important knowledge of all: the knowledge of self, and the relationship with self. Let’s realise that the passing of the Marriage Referendum wasn’t a panacea for all the distress that many LGBT* people experience when coming to terms with their sexuality, and the massive levels of suicide among that group of people, is very concerning.
Finally, let’s finally, put the emotional health and well-being of our people on a par with physical health, in our health service, and in the hearts and minds of our politicians.
As sure as there’s a path into emotional distress and crisis, there’s a way through it and out the other side. And we all need to realise, Claire, that we can all be the lanterns that light that way for others, to support people on their journey back to wellness. Because the wonderful thing as human beings, is that we possess these endless reservoirs of compassion, of kindness, and care.
We can change the story, and the carnage, of suicide on the island of Ireland. We have to change it, and we all share responsibility to ensure that this happens right now.
Hurling veteran and mental health advocate Conor Cusack last night, speaking on RTÉ One’s Claire Byrne Live.
Previously: “A Carnage Spreading Across The City”
Emma Sheridan, Helen McEntee, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, and First Fortnight co-founder David Keegan (Above)
First Fortnight has just unveiled its festival programme for 2017.
It’s going 8 years, in fairness.
Paul Kimmage, Eleanor Tiernan, and Ivor Browne will all make contributions while Le Galaxie
yokes, Otherkin and Girl Band will help supply the tunes.
Joe Caslin’s mural entitled ‘Lust For Life’ in Waterford
Joe Caslin tweetz:
…After 7yrs of trying, this image is finally on this wall. Heartfelt thank you to everyone involved…
Fair play, in fairness.
Previously: Joe Caslin on Broadsheet
Thanks John Gallen
Fiona Kennedy lives in Connemara, Co. Galway.
She has clinical depression and borderline personality disorder.
I had an article published here a few weeks back, in which I expressed my frustration at what I perceive to be the very sanitised view the general media presents to us about mental health.
Following on from this, I wrote a similar article for the Irish Times, stating:
“My concern is that the current media representation of these (mental health) issues is in danger of doing the subject more harm than good by having a really restricted focus in terms of how mental health problems manifest, who they affect, and how they are managed.”
Immediately after the articles I was contacted to do both TV and radio interviews which, after much consideration, I had to decline.
I knew that while I would get great energy from doing them, and it would possibly help take the national conversation about mental health a little further, it would also knock the stuffing out of me and the fallout for me personally wouldn’t be worth the whatever slim gain may have been made.
I realise there’s a massive irony in this – I gave out that media representations of mental health issues are very one sided, yet when given the opportunity to do something about it, I had to say no or my mental health would suffer.
On a whim, I recorded the video above.
I cannot currently give live interviews, and there’s little I can do to affect change around mental health policy in Ireland.
But, I’ve been writing about trying to manage borderline personality disorder (bpd) and depression for years, so what I can do is attempt to show you the reality behind the words.
None of these vlogs are scripted, rehearsed or edited in any way. They’re mostly recorded in my car because it feels like a really safe place to do them, if a little dull visually, and are short – generally between one and three minutes.
I tend to think a lot when I’m driving, and it helps to record my thoughts this way on a day that I may not get time to write.
What you see is how I am – I don’t usually wear make-up, and I often look extremely tired and/or spotty.
This is my reality.
I’ve never sugarcoated my writing so I’m not going to sugarcoat these.
Previously: Fiona Kennedy on Broadsheet
David Burns writes:
Following student protests on Govt diversion of €12,000,000 from 2016 mental health budget, 200 UCD Medicine students have made the following video to lobby for increased funding Ireland’s mental health services.
UCD students have raised over €100,000 for registered charity Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland so far this year. It took them 6 months to raise the money and there is a lot of anger on campus over how few TDs it takes to debate funding cuts of €12,000,000.
Ireland has one of the highest rates of youth suicide in Europe but depends largely on charities for a response rather than government policy. It is a disgraceful situation that the good work of UCD students to support one of these charities, Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland, is being completely undermined by huge Govt funding cuts.