The dual despair: the tragedy of families who needed help but failed to get it

When a person suffers from mental health and substance abuse issues, accessing treatment is doubly difficult

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
21st February, 2016
The late Stephen Byrne with his daughter Ava, now aged 2

Ava Byrne turned two on January 19. It is unlikely that she or her family will ever really celebrate her birthday, however, as her father’s body was discovered on the same date.

Stephen Byrne was just 20 years old when he took his own life. His family describe him as a devoted father, who suffered from a severe psychiatric episode just before he died. His family still doesn’t know what triggered his downward spiral,...

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