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Overprotecting children 'can heighten suicide risk'

John Brennan

Published 11/09/2015 | 02:30

Cycle Against Suicide founder Jim Breen and event organiser Aisling Riordan at the Mansion House for Light Up Ireland in Orange for World Suicide Prevention Day
Cycle Against Suicide founder Jim Breen and event organiser Aisling Riordan at the Mansion House for Light Up Ireland in Orange for World Suicide Prevention Day
Gráinne Seoige at the Console World Suicide Prevention Day Conference at the Aviva Stadium

Overprotecting children could be contributing to higher suicide risks in later life, an Irish GP and author has warned. Dr Harry Barry was speaking at the Console World Suicide Prevention Day Conference at the Aviva Stadium.

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He said that it was important to educate our young people about mental illness and how to tackle their own problems.

"Parents have a massive role to play in… helping (children) to problem solve, rather than solving the problems for them.

"Children who do not learn to problem-solve sometimes lack the resilience to be able to find solutions to life-crisis events."

Bressie also spoke at the event, saying: "The education system is the critical place where we have to aim at".

The singer, who has spoken regularly about mental health issues, added: "I still go through days of deep uneasiness and days where I don't want to get out of my bed. I accept them - but I don't fear them any more."

Paul Kelly, CEO of Console, said: "Mental health touches every part of society."

Irish Independent

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