Wednesday 22 November 2017

Suicide victim's mum calls for rethink on medication

Fiona Ellis

A MOTHER who lost her son to suicide has called for better awareness of the dangers of addiction and for GPs to rethink their attitude to prescribed medications.

Geraldine Kennedy's son Gary died two years ago, just two weeks after his 30th birthday.

Speaking ahead of the Console World Suicide Prevention Day conference today where she will give an address, Ms Kennedy called for more awareness around addiction and its effects.

"We need to influence and mould our young people's minds to grow strong and independent and to be aware of the dangers of doing anything that can alter our mental clarity and well-being," Ms Kennedy said.

"By investing in this work on mental health, we are also laying the ground-work for avoiding the high rates of depression, not just in Ireland, but worldwide."

Gary, a clinical nurse manager, had battled depression and addiction. And his mother urged GPs, health professionals, consultants and physicians to look at their attitude to prescribed medications.

"It is better to form a productive relationship with alternative medicine providers, those based on scientific proof, and to create a better balance with chemically produced drugs," she said.

"The real essence of today is how all of us must work together to identify people vulnerable to suicide, and rescue them from their despair and help them find hope and a reason for being," Ms Kennedy said.

"By doing this, our wish that no other family will experience the grief and heartbreak that we felt – and still feel after losing our son Gary – will be fulfilled."

Irish Independent

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