Tag Archives: Mental Health

Independent Wexford TD Mick Wallace reads a statement from the sister of  Kenneth Rowe (top left), a beloved resident of Bridgetown, County Wexford, who took his own life last January.

Via The Wexford People, January 16, 2018:

‘In a eulogy, Kenneth’s father Peter said his son grew from a dearly loved baby into a loving, mischievous, free-spirited young man, full of life and love was always determined to overcome any obstacle in his way.

‘As a child he was obsessed with tractors and machinery and very often up to no good. As young adult he got through some difficult times with the love and support of close friends and family,’ said Peter.

His early twenties were years of amazing adventures. He travelled near and far – Mexico, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Algeria, Morocco, New Zealand and many other countries.

His favourite form of transport was a motorbike and when he visited other countries his loved to head off into the countryside and see how ordinary people lived.

‘He always wanted to meet real people. When he finished his travels, he went about getting every other vehicle license he could, from motorbike to artic.

‘And then he bought his first horse ‘Manny’ and that was the beginning of a whole new phase in his life with Eddie, Queenie and Millie joining the scene. In the middle of all this he worked as a rigger, a lorry driver amongst other things.

‘Between the horses and dogs he found lots of time to hang out with friends, neighbours and anyone who would stop and talk to him. If you said hello to Kenneth you could end up talking to him two hours or two days later.’

Kenneth (32) Kind, Thoughful And Respectful (Wexford People via Press Reader)

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.

Samaritans: 116 123

Pieta House: 01 6010 000

Aware: 1890 303 302

Suicidal teen rescued from Corrib then turned away by UHG (Connacht Tribune)

Pic: Stan Carey


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!


Pic: Shutterstock



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.


#TeenMentalHealth Report Day 1: ‘I want it all to stop’ (Irish Examiner)


Free Friday?

Ash writes;

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.

Warriors Of The Light



“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”

24.11.17 - Dublin: First Fortnight 2017 mental health arts festival programme launch. Pictured are artist Emma Sheridan; First Fortnight co-founder David Keegan; and Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People Helen McEntee in artist Emma Sheridan's studio. First Fortnight 2017 runs from January 1 to 14 aimed at challenging mental health stigma. Photo: Kieran Frost

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.


First Fortnight


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.

Joe Caslin and A Lust for Life unite to unveil giant mental health artwork in Waterford (A Lust For Life)

Previously: Joe Caslin on Broadsheet

Thanks John Gallen