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***Note – December 2017: I am not currently active on this website, as I am unsure where to direct it after the initial burst of action of emails to TDs etc, which had little effect. I have closed down the social media sites as they haven’t been updated in a few months, but have kept this website open incase I come back and continue with it at some point with a new direction. In the background, I haven’t given up on my strong wish for mental health reform, which is something that we desperately need here in Ireland. I will be continuing with writing articles about mental health, and doing what I can as an individual to prompt change. We have a long journey ahead of us. ~ Natalie***
In Ireland, we are continuously losing so many people – young and old – to suicide.
The statistics about suicide in our country are almost beyond belief, and totally overwhelming.
We are also not taking care of those who are in desperate need of mental health care on the public health system. The statistics about waiting times for services are truly shocking and disheartening.
But behind these statistics are real people. Our children, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins. Friends. Real people, whom we have loved, and we have lost. Real people, who are at their wits end.
In some cases, our government failed our loved ones.
And they are still failing many people currently suffering from mental health problems.
People who are not getting the care that they deserve.
By telling the stories of our loved ones and of ourselves, we can put real names and faces to the statistics.
Maybe then, our government will finally listen to our pleas for change.
This has gone on for too long.