Thursday 23 February 2017

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

Stella O'Malley

'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?

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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