Sunday August 9, 2020

Making our mental health system fit for purpose

At this year’s Mental Health Summit, attendees heard why reform and a change in how we speak about mental health in Ireland are both needed, writes Patrick Murtagh

19th November, 2017
Róisín Shortall TD, co-founder of the Social Democrats All pictures: Maura Hickey

In Ireland, we have a complex relationship with mental health. It is a troubling topic most often attributed to young men. In 2016, there were 399 instances of death by suicide recorded in Ireland. Men accounted for 318 of those, and most of those were 20 to 30-year-olds. Only around 20 per cent of men who die by suicide in Ireland have been diagnosed with depression.

There has been a longstanding trend of men struggling to express their feelings and...

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