Far too many families face huge problems where loved ones taked their lives through suiciced, the chairman of Laois Community Forum said last week.
Speaking in the wake of another local death to suicide, Mr Paddy Buggy said the families are paying a heavy price.
“There are too many familes in Laois going through hell, far too many families,” he said.
Mr Buggy said the forum has been promoting mental health for almost three years and Laois Connects is the most ambitious undertaking to help families and communities deal with mental health.
“At some stage in our lives we all encounter different levels of mental health, from being perfectly happy to being in a very dark place where there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Most of us will cope with it but unfortunately some are unable to,” he said.
Mr Buggy said the recession has brough new levels of fear and anxiety in many areas into people’s lives.
“If we are not looking after ourselves both physically and mentally then these fears and worries can take over our lives and destroy us,” he said
Mr Buggy said that because mental health issues affect all he said said the week included events that address people of all ages and backgrounds throughout the county as well as walks around the county.
“Having mental health problems is not the end of the world. It may feel like it at the time because you may feel that you cannot talk to someone and if you do you may feel you will damage your chances of sucess but by having events like Laois Connects people will no long feel isolated or stigmatised,” he said.
Mr Buggy thanked all for their organising the event.