Alcohol Consumption

[Speaking in the Seanad during Second Stage of the Fianna Fail Bill - Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Fund Bill 2014] Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire Stáit. I was just doing a quick mental inventory of the number of people I know personally who have taken their lives over the years, and I could make … Continue reading

Mental Health Services and Proposed Closure of Ballinasloe Psychiatric Unit

[Speaking in the Seanad during Mental Health Services Provision Motion] I am not an instinctive “save our hospital” type. I understand that, sometimes, hospitals need to be closed and units rationalised. Nor am I anti-Roscommon. It is a matter of public record that I was staunch in my defence of an unfair closure of the … Continue reading

Mental Health Services

[Speaking in the Seanad on Mental Health Services] Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire Stáit. I was just doing the sad little mental arithmetic on this and, without putting too much effort into it, I can think of 12 people I knew who died as a result of self-harm as a consequence of mental illness over … Continue reading

Discussion of ‘A Vision for Change’ (mental health document)

I did a very sad mental inventory and I could think immediately of eight medical students, doctors or nurses I knew over the years who had taken their own lives. I knew many other patients and acquaintances who, when confronted with very bad news, had made similar decisions. These are the dramatic cases but at … Continue reading