Mental Health and Suicide

[Speaking in the Seanad during Statements on Suicide and Mental Health] I welcome the Minister of State. I know she takes this problem very seriously and I am grateful to her for giving it such a priority. Earlier, I was going through a mental checklist of people I know who lost their lives, sadly, through … Continue reading

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

[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

Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill

Oncology was the area of medicine which in many ways was one of the pioneering disciplines for evidence-based medicine. It was a relatively new field and only came to existence in a meaningful way in the 1960s and 1970s in an era when doctors engaged in other specialties had certain proprietorial rights over the treatment … Continue reading

Suicide Prevention

I am 54 years old and personally knew 14 people who committed suicide, including nine health care professionals and people who in some cases were known to suffer from mental illness. This is clearly a major problem and anybody who does this sad calculation will realise a considerable proportion of the people they know have … Continue reading

Suicide Prevention

I thank the Minister of State for turning her attention and considerable skills to this troubling area. I am 54 years old and personally knew 14 people who committed suicide, including nine health care professionals and people who in some cases were known to suffer from mental illness. This is clearly a major problem and … 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