Government Ignoring Health of Our Young People
The third week in October has been designated Mental Health Week.It was also a week when we saw the death by suicide of a 5 year old girl in Limerick. Chloe Kinsella was the third pupil from her school to have died from suicide this year.
A cross-border report on suicide shows the rate among young people in Ireland is one of the highest in Europe. An estimated 165 teenagers took their own lives in the Republic in 2011 along with 72 teenagers in Northern Ireland during the same year. According to The Mental Health of Young People in Ireland, which was published by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), young people who experience mental ill-health are at an increased risk of suffering further mental health problems during adulthood.
The report is based on two research studies carried out in Ireland – the Adolescent Brain Development Study and the Challenging Times Two Study. As part of these, over 400 young people aged between 11 and 24 were surveyed and interviewed. The research showed that one in six children aged 11-13 had mental health disorders and this figure rose to one Despite these figures the Government continues to ignore the problem Mental health organisation Grow called on the Government to deliver finally on the 35 million euros promised for community mental health services.
Chief executive Michelle Kerrigan revealed that between 2010 and 2012 the number of 18-35-year-olds attending Grow meetings around the country soared from 163 to 696.
“Young people have the right to recovery and social inclusion but without the right commitment of investment from our Government, this unfortunately will not be a reality for many of them,” Ms Kerrigan warned.