“Carnage Spreading Across The City”

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Further to the 16 reported suicides in the past fortnight in Cork.

Former Cork hurler and mental health activist Conor Cusack talked yesterday  to PJ Coogan on Cork’s 96FM.

Via Irish Examiner

Among those to have died by suicide in the city in recent weeks include an 18-year-old scout from Greenmount, and two of his friends, a 15-year-old girl from Ballyphehane and a 17-year-old girl, a fifth-year student, from Rochestown.

An 18-year-old boy from Mayfield, a 20-year-old man from Togher, and a 44-year-old woman from Ballyphehane are also suspected to have died by suicide in recent days.

The rate of suicides in the city and county is almost twice the national average.

Mr Cusack called for the establishment of a 24/7 “emotional wellbeing centre” in the city to support those at risk of suicide, and said society needs to remove the stigma associated with mental health.

Plea for action on Cork suicide crisis (Irish Examiner)

Previously: This Transcript Saves Lives

5 thoughts on ““Carnage Spreading Across The City”

  1. John

    As a former Garda who worked in Cork in the 90’s, the city was even then known to have the highest suicide rates of any Irish city.

    Of course back then, those figures were ‘Confidential’ and not released to the public.

    One positive is that society now speaks more openly about the prevalence of suicide, which hopefully will help people who see ‘no way out’ to seek help.

  2. Tony

    Very sad. The crashing of societal structures leaves a vacuum of order which can lead to a world that doesn’t make sense. For many, the only way they see is out.

  3. Junkface

    My God thats awful sad when people so young kill themselves, whats drives them to this? Such a waste of potential. There was a similar bleak trend a couple of years ago in Celbridge, 3 or 4 died, most of the suicides were under 17 also. Its great that there’s people like Conor to help, to communicate.

  4. kellma

    That is shocking! I agree the stigma on talking about MH needs to change (and it has a bit to be fair) but I also wonder if it is the case that MH generally seems to be deteriorating. It appears that more children are presenting with serious anxiety issues that would have in the past. More information at your fingertips now than before but there is a sense of relentlessness to it. …Are they subjected to too much too early now? I think perhaps so and we may need a seismic shift in how children today are brought up to enable them to develop the resilience and strength they need to cope, in an ever more “in your face” world…. Gosh, I’m gone very philosophical altogether…

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