Sister calls for improved mental health supports

The sister of a Donegal man who died by suicide believes that a policy should be put in place to help those who are in dire need of help.

The sister of a Donegal man who died by suicide believes that a policy should be put in place to help those who are in dire need of help.

John McLaughlin, 47, died last Thursday on the anniversary of Ireland’s worst road tragedy which claimed the life of his son, Mark.

Mark was one of eight people who died in the crash in Inishowen in 2010.

Speaking on Highland Radio, sister of the deceased, Tina Breslin, said there are not enough mental health services available for those who need them said:

“I am very cross and very sad because I have lost my brother. John was a crying victim for help, I think there should be a policy but there should be something in place that can help these people and maybe save somebody else’s life.”

“John must have signed himself out and walked out of the hospital in his bedroom slippers. He was a crying out victim in the hospital for help, there was no help and he was sent home.

“John told me he was meant to see a psychiatric doctor on Wednesday but was told they don’t come into the hospital itself. Instead, he had to be referred to somebody in Buncrana and it would two weeks before he would see them.”

However, Tina was adamant that the hospital in question was not to blame: “I’m not blaming the hospital. There should be something in place that can help these people and maybe save somebody else’s life”.