Saturday 17 March 2018

Carol Hunt: Pregnancy does not protect us from suicide

Images of pregnant women being dragged, forcibly, into the cruel squalor of William's Blake's "dark satanic mills" kept entering my mind after watching TV3's abortion debate last Tuesday.

During it, we were twice cautioned (by William Binchy) about the inevitable arrival of "abortion mills" in Ireland if the X-Case was legislated for; the second time we were told that these terrifying creations would be places where "a well mother, with a well child" could avail of abortion.

For years groups like Amnesty Ireland, Aware, Console, Mental Health Ireland and Grow have worked tirelessly to make people understand that mental illness is a reality and that if not treated it can prove fatal. Recorded deaths by suicide in Ireland rose by 7 per cent last year (525 deaths as recorded in CSO statistics – the actual figures are probably much higher), proving to us that illnesses like depression can kill.

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