A matter of life or death

The pain and shock of a personal bereavement set Joan Freeman on a long journey which culminated in the founding of Pieta House, the suicide-prevention network, writes Susan Mitchell.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
4th March, 2012
A matter of life or death
Joan Freeman: 'We need people to see compassion without any strings'. Photo: Joe Houghton

Any entrepreneur would be proud to report revenue growth from €200,000 to €1.3 million in six years and a tenfold increase in employment over the same period.

But of greater importance to Joan Freeman is the figure of 6,000 - the number of people who have sought help from Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide, since it opened its doors in 2006. "The youngest we have seen was six years...

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