Saturday 22 July 2017

Editorial: Prevention of suicide can't be left to well-meaning amateurs

SUICIDE is a modern tragedy, one that has afflicted so many families and communities.

Along with the rise in the number of people taking their own lives has been a growing number of organisations catering for those afflicted by this modern-day plague. No doubt these are well-meaning people offering varying forms of therapy and counselling for people hurting as a result of the loss of a loved one.

It is disturbing, therefore, to learn from the HSE's National Office of Suicide Prevention that some of those offering such suicide-prevention services have not been vetted by the HSE and that some of what they offer may be unsafe and harmful.

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