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I got some business cards printed up a while back (got a voucher code for Vistaprint, bargain!), and I carry them around in my wallet, incase I am talking to someone about the website.

Although I like the website name I came up with, it's a long one to remember!

I'm hoping to make some connections tomorrow to whom the cards will be relevant.

#mentalhealth #mentalhealthreform #mentalhealthmatters #suicide #suicideinireland #suicideprevention #goneonfortoolong @ County Laois

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I've just walked past St. Pat's, heading toward Heuston Station to make my way to Athlone.

Tomorrow, I'm taking part in a workshop day with Mental Health Reform, to hopefully go on and become a public speaker on how public mental healthcare in Ireland is in desperate need of reform.

This exact time last year, I was an in-patient in St. Pat's. The significance of this - coupled with how much, much better I am - is very meaningful to me ☺️
#mentalhealth #mentalhealthreform #mentalhealthmatters #suicideinireland #suicideprevention #suicide #goneonfortoolong

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This has brought me to angry tears.

I am sorry I have not been posting recently, even though I did put up a post saying I was back and ready to go.

To be honest, I wholeheartedly meant it at the time, but the magnitude of what needs to be done and not knowing how to do it has stopped me thus far.

I feel like it's just going to be battle upstream in a torrent of water. I feel lost, not knowing where to continue from. The initial focus of sending emails didn't get very far.

I have an idea to try and get each and every TD in the country to agree to facilitate a couple of safeTALK and ASIST courses in their constituency each year.

But I know neither whether the funding is there for that, nor whether I can handle the apathy in the generic 'this is a very important issue' emails that don't answer my original question.

I'm thinking of sending out an email to those who have subscribed to my website updates to see if anyone has any ideas. I'm so frustrated with this sh*t, and all of the other sh*t that people in this country are put through.

Has anyone got any ideas? #goneonfortoolong #mentalhealthreform #suicide #suicideprevention #suicideinireland

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I kept quiet on GOFTL for longer than I originally intended, and I hope it wasn't thought that I have given up. I've had a bit of a rest and time for some thoughts on how I can try to move this forward. I don't have the solution by any means, but I have some ideas to keep on trying. So, let's go! #mentalhealthreform #suicide #suicideprevention #suicideinireland #mentalhealth

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I often compare (in my own mind!) the government to a dark cloud, casting a shadow over our country.

Today, though, there was a wonderful ray of light.

Last night I was contacted by someone who was suicidal, and it was being exacerbated by lack of help from the Department of Social Protection. This morning, I contacted the Minister for Social Protection outlining the issue and stressing the immediate need to get things sorted, as this person was at the absolute end of their tether.

A staff member from the DSP quickly stepped up to the mark to help this person out, and they are now no longer at immediate risk.

Myself and this person are so grateful to the staff member, they literally helped to save a life.

I wish to publicly acknowledge this whole matter, to show that it isn't always negative stories that will come out of Gone On For Too Long. Fair play to you, wonderful helper, you will always be remembered for your help

. #hope #goneonfortoolong #suicideinireland #suicideprevention #suicide #mentalhealthreform

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Does anyone have a good knowledge of the process and procedures for granting Disability Allowance, and/or have contact with someone in the Department of Social Protection who can help?
Trying to assist someone who is currently very unwell and having little luck in navigating the intricacies of the system. #pleasehelp #helpneeded #mentalhealth #mentalhealthreform #goneonfortoolong #suicide #suicideprevention

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Yet another headline that doesn't surprise me, or anyone else I would think. After sitting in on the Public Consultation Committee in the Seanad when they were discussing children's mental health, I heard some shocking statistics and stories regarding how our children are being let down. I've posted the videos of the debates on the website, visit the 'In the Dail' section to watch them.

Read the article here: #suicideprevention #suicideinireland #suicide #mentalhealth #mentalhealthreform #childrensmentalhealth #goneonfortoolong

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I haven't given up on the campaign or disappeared, I'm just working to keep my own mental health in check.
That may happen from time to time.
I'm aiming to send out my next round of emails and make updates etc over the weekend.
We can keep up the fight 🌻 (sunflowers are my favourite flowers, you may see them appear every now and again! 😜) #goneonfortoolong #mentalhealth #mentalhealthreform #suicide #suicideinireland #suicideprevention #mindyourself

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Maybe we don't need a new strategy, Jim, but we certainly need to pull the finger out and get a lot more active on implementing the current (10 year old) strategy, eh?

#getamoveon #goneonfortoolong #suicide #suicideprevention #suicideinireland #mentalhealth #mentalhealthreform

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