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by Ian Begley
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A remembrance night for those who have died by suicide and for people living with mental health issues was recently held outside the South Dublin County Council offices in Clondalkin with many people talking about their personal losses.
On December 21, many local residents came together to talk about their personal experiences with suicide and mental health issues and what help is currently out there.
Organiser Cllr Francis Timmons (Ind) has called on everyone to look out for each other, saying: “The message is clear. If people need to get help there are many services like Beacon of Light, Pieta House and Jigsaw.
“Keep talking, don’t suppress your feelings. If it’s a family member, a friend, a GP, or anyone, once you talk to someone. Many have gone too soon and gone way too young,” he said.
Carol Cosgrove, a local resident who lost her 21-year-old son to suicide in September, recited a poem on the night and spoke to The Gazette about the death of her son.
“My son Daniel took his life on September 17. I read out a poem called the Ugly Shoes Club and changed the end of it to ‘a person whose child has died by suicide’.
“I think there’s an awful lot of groups out there for suicide prevention, but I don’t think enough is being done for mental health.
“I brought my son to the doctor and was told he was a suicide risk but he was let out of the office that day.
“He had two attempts in July and in August and when I brought him to the doctor I was told he was a suicide risk, but he wasn’t willing to speak to anyone.
“He was just allowed to leave the office and within six weeks of him being there he was dead,” she said.
Cosgrove went on to say that remembrance nights like these were helping her to deal with her grief and said that the more people who talked about suicide and mental health issues the more likely it would become less of a taboo subject.
“Remembrance nights like these have been helping me to get through this because only a person whose child has died by suicide will understand what it is really like and talking with other people with similar experiences helps.
“There’s no support groups out there for parents whose child has died by suicide. There is more talk about suicide now than there was 20 years ago and it’s not such a taboo subject anymore, but there is no specific place for me to go.
“There’s an awful lot of young kids, especially young boys who don’t talk about their problems.
“None of Daniel’s friends knew he was suicidal. He was out skating that night but none of them knew. I would encourage everyone not to look down at other people and if someone is not feeling right not to make fun of them.
“Depression is something that seems to happen to a lot of people this time of the year. It’s supposed to be a happy time, but for some people it’s not and I would appeal to anyone who is feeling depressed to get help.”
Some of the local counselling services for people suffering with mental health issues, include Pieta House – 01 6010000, Beacon of Light – 01 4578700, Jigsaw Clondalkin – 01 538 0087.

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