Prof Ella Arensman: Ireland lacks “an effective mental-health programme at both primary and second-level education.” Photograph: Eric Luke

A school-based pilot programme which has been shown to counteract the incidence of depression and self-harm among teenagers in Cork and Kerry should b(...)

 Ireland recorded 392 suicides last year. Photograph: iStock

Suicide is a major problem in the modern world. Little progress was made for many years developing programmes to reduce suicide rates but encouraging (...)

Mental health has been defined as “a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses(...)

Fintan and Gabrielle, during the 1990s, on holiday in the US.

Him: “Would you miss me if I was gone?” Her: “Are you talking about . . . suicide?” Him: “. . . Yes” This was an unsettling conversation that was rel(...)

Some studies suggest that as many as four out of five people under 25 who die by suicide have self-harmed. Photograph: iStock

Looking in from outside, it’s hard to understand why anybody would choose to deliberately cause physical injury to their own body. And it’s even hard(...)

Fiona and Tim Tuomey are continuing to campaign for the establishment of an independent Suicide Prevention Authority. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Eleven-year-old Milly Tuomey said she often could not get her mind off the thought “of killing myself” when responding to a Health Service Executive q(...)


The mother of Milly Tuomey, an 11-year-old girl who took her own life weeks after posting a message on Instagram that she was unhappy with her appeara(...)

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill should be passed in its entirety including a provision to introduce minimum unit pricing on alcohol, a Senator has said. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

About 85 per cent of men over the age of 40 who took their own lives in Cork in the last nine years had a history of alcohol abuse, a public meeting h(...)

The emotional distress experienced by young people is, to them, something new with which they need to learn how to deal.That’s why it was so awful that school counselling services were cut in the financial crisis. Photograph: iStock

Many years ago a woman told me of standing on a street and taking a razor blade out of her pocket to cut her arm. She had been hospitalised nearby and(...)

 Micheál Martin: told the Dáil that the suicide rate in Cork was twice the national average. Photograph: Alan Betson

The number of recent suicides in Cork city is far less than has been cited in Dáil Éireann and reported in the media, according to the National Suicid(...)

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