SENATOR Mary Moran has extended an open invitation to interested people to participate in a public consultation meeting on suicide this Tuesday 4 December at 7.30 at the Crown Plaza Hotel Dundalk. “The purpose of this meeting,” she said, “is for each and every member of our community, groups and organisations. to make representations on this very important issue to Senator John Gilroy who is the special rapporteur on Suicide Prevention to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children.
“Senator Gilroy is currently compiling a report on the issue of suicide and has met with numerous representatives from the professional ,voluntary and community sectors throughout the country.
“As Seanad spokesperson on Mental Health I have been working closely with him with this report.
“I have invited Senator Gilroy to address the meeting here in Dundalk to engage in active consultation with people from the Louth and surrounding areas.
“In my opinion it is imperative to listen to the views, opinions and concerns of members of the public in order to provide a realistic and informative report. I am delighted that the people of Louth will now have the opportunity to have their opinions included in the final report.
“I would urge anyone who has an interest in this area to come along to the meeting and share your views with us.
“Given that often people are not consulted on issues of public policy I feel that the meeting will provide important and valuable insights,” senator Moran said.
Recent research in this country has shown that suicide is becoming more common amongst young people.
A survey published by UCD Professor of Psychiatry Kevin Malone in 2011 revealed that the rate of suicide among children under 15 doubled in the last decade and two children a mongh are taking their own lives.
Professor Malone interviewed the families of children who had committed suicide and found that all of them had experienced some kind of humiliation in the six months before their death.