When suicide strikes a family and community its impact is far reaching. First of all there is the suddenness of this tragedy, the realisation that the deceased is gone. Then there are funeral arrangements, a wake, the whole shaking hands process to be gone through before they are lowered to their final resting place or their ashes are scattered somewhere meaningful to the deceased and their family.
What then? When all the formalities are over, the family have time to start asking questions, seeking answers. Grieving in their unique way. But where do they turn to for help? As suicide has become an increasingly hot topic for debate and discussion within the media, we must not forget that behind the figures and statistics are real families and communities whose lives have been utterly turned upside down.
The bright sunshine which lightened the hearts of everyone this week was matched with some exciting news for the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar. The €11 million funding which was allocated to bring the facility up to HIQA standards, hopefully in time for the 2015 deadline, was greeted with genuine relief and happiness across the county.
This is not just a Castlebar good news story, but one which affects families the length and breadth of Mayo who have had positive experiences with the excellent staff at this facility.
The harrowing and shocking scenes shown on RTÉ Primetime Investigates programme ‘A Breach of Trust’ on Tuesday night featuring a number of named childcare facilities repulsed and shocked the nation.
You didn’t need to be a parent to feel outrage and anger as we saw scenes of childcare workers throwing little children to the ground like rag dolls, swearing at them, and strapping them to chairs. Imagine then what the parents of these innocent little beings were thinking.