Tuesday 28 February 2017

Donal chose life but society sends out mixed messages

David Quinn

David Quinn

Donal Walsh who died earlier this month
Donal Walsh who died earlier this month

BY one of those strange coincidences, the same day psychiatrist Kevin Malone testified to the Oireachtas Health Committee on abortion and suicide this week, he also launched a major report on suicide among Irish males.

Dr Malone is professor of psychiatry at UCD and a consultant psychiatrist at St Vincent's hospital. He is an expert on suicide and its causes and he brought that expertise to bear at the committee hearings.

He expressed concerns about plans to include the suicide grounds in the abortion bill. He told the committee of his fear that inclusion of the suicide grounds could help to 'normalise' suicide and therefore drive up rates in society as a whole.

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