Thursday 19 January 2017

We all have to watch for the mental health warning signs so that violent tragedies can be averted

Stella O'Malley

Published 01/09/2016 | 02:30

'If anything good is to emerge from the tragedy in Cavan, it might be that more people will safely confront the disturbing behaviour of their loved ones' Picture: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.
'If anything good is to emerge from the tragedy in Cavan, it might be that more people will safely confront the disturbing behaviour of their loved ones' Picture: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Why do it? Why would any parent kill their loved ones and then kill themselves?

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In many cases, a potent mix of total despair and acute anger seems to be the reason.

Sometimes there can be a triggering event and the person cracks under the pressure that has been building up for some time. A mental switch is then turned on and they, quite simply, 'go mad' - and with tragic results.

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