“Don’t agonize, organize”
Floryce Kennedy (1916-2001)
Decades later, many letters, much correspondence, many promises but at last there is hope for people with mental health and related concerns. There is a 24 hour service available as and from today 28th November 2019, spearheaded into action by Junior Minister for Mental Health, Jim Daly. Thank you so very much Mr Daly and the team behind you. The hotline number freephone number is 1800 111 888. https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/ministers-say-new-mental-health-support-line-could-save-lives-967162.html
- The National Ambulance Service will operate and oversee the helpline which can be accessed through the free number 1800 111 888
- Roll out of counselling, psychology and psychiatry initiatives (a special textline will be introduced over the coming months)
- Caller will be linked to member who will provide information about supports available in their area and nationally (trained in SafeTalk an internationally recognised training programme…which will also cover suicide intervention).
- Phone 1800 111 888 and you will be connected to someone who will direct you into contact with the relevant service from over 1,000 mental health supports and services bodies eg Samaritans, Jigsaw, and other Section 39 bodies that operate charities in the private sector.
Earlier correspondence and writing by Michelle Clarke regarding the inadequate provision of mental health services in Ireland.
August 25th 2019: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” is what George Santayana said and I have referred to this quotation so many times over the years that I have now decided to review issues such a mental health, primary care, suicide, children with mental health. What is frightening is that so much was said yet nothing was heeded because mental health services are still appalling. Public health is inadequate and people with addiction problems so often complicated by mental health are ignored by those who take precedence in our society. You will see below the people that this email was sent to at that time in 2010. It is worth noting that if we had a proper Justice system we would not have the need for so many charities.
Andrew Harkness <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Constantin Gurdgiev <email@example.com>, Contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>, “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Fíona Ní Chinneide <FNiChinneide@iprt.ie>, Hugh Kane <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, “James.Reilly@Oireachtas.ie” <James.Reilly@Oireachtas.ie>, “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Jim.Walsh@oireachtas.ie, “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Liam-IPRT <LHerrick@iprt.ie>, Trust Ireland <firstname.lastname@example.org>