Councillor concerned about lack of suicide prevention information

The public are not receiving enough information on the prevention of suicide, according to a Mayo politician.

Councillor Austin Francis O’Malley made his comments as he took up the post of chairman at the Regional Health Forum West hospital committee on Tuesday.

Cllr O’Malley said suicide was “very sad” and every day there are more and more sad stories. He described suicide as “a waste of a young life” and he added that there was a “better way”. The pressures of exams, money and the economy going “belly up” were added stresses and strains to people’s lives, Cllr O’Malley said, and he urged the HSE to do more to educate young people about suicide prevention and how to properly deal with their problems.

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