Youth mental health remains a serious public health problem in Dublin without investment in services – Lemass

Published on: 11 May 2019


Speaking following this morning’s Darkness into Light walk in aid of Ireland’s leading suicide prevention charity, Pieta House, Fianna Fáil Local Election candidate in Cabra-Glasnevin, Hannah Lemass said, “Youth suicidal behaviour remains a serious public health problem in Ireland. The huge numbers of people across all ages, demographics and ethnicities that turned out in the Phoenix Park this morning are indicative of the fact that suicide and matters of mental health do not discriminate.

“The obvious increases in polydrug use, homelessness, alcohol abuse as well as other societal pressures such as the dependency on social media are among the risk factors but others can be more complex. There are parts of our community that have suffered sustained underinvestment and studies show that suicide disproportionately affects those living in disadvantaged or socioeconomically challenging circumstances.

“The feelings of despondency and helplessness can overwhelm even the most self-assured. Among friends, we are all becoming more conscious of the need to be more open about any pain or heartache.

“Other young people be they in school or college are trying to cope on their journey through adulthood. We are all still learning and becoming aware of the fact that with support, we do have in us the ability to deal with any distress or unpleasant feelings that we may experience.

“Fianna Fáil has always maintained that a permanent Oireachtas Committee be established where organisations, medical professionals, individuals and their families can speak of their experiences and influence mental health matters and policy. Above all, politicians need to respond with greater investment in services and more importantly, investment in our young people.”

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