Tuesday 6 December 2016

Professional care saved my life

Published 04/09/2011 | 05:00

Sir -- After reading Emer O'Kelly's article on living in a society where people feel they 'have to' kill themselves (Sunday Independent, August 28, 2011) I got to thinking of my own struggles to survive.

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Some time ago, I needed the care of professionals to cope -- not just with health challenges but also with the reactions of others towards me. I found nearly half of people cold-hearted and indifferent to the point of rejecting me for being an inconvenience. Apparently the Medical Board's research says 40 per cent of people don't want to know the vulnerable.

I went so low at this time that I found myself, unpremeditated, on the verge of taking my own life as a result. Had not the thought that I could trust the professional care I was under been in my mind, I probably wouldn't be here today. It was the defining moment of my life.

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