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Bundoran business man calls for better support and facilities for mental health service providers

Darkness into Light launch

Matt Britton

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Bundoran business man calls for better support and facilities for mental health service providers

Sponsor Des Cosgrove along with Cirey Whyte, Susan Dunbar and Saoirse Faulchnian. in the Great Northern Hotel. INDD 290318 Pieta 7 MVB

Des Cosgrove of SuperValu Bundoran, the main sponsor of this year’s Darkness into Light event in the town, has called on the government to do more in support of mental health services around the country.
The launch in Bundoran is one of a number of such 5k events around the county taking place in May which will raise funds and awareness for Pieta House in Donegal.

Des Cosgrove of SuerValu Bundoran, the main sponsor for the Bundoran walk, along with his volunteers in the Great Northern Hotel. INDD 290318 Pieta 4 MVB

Mr. Cosgrove said there is a huge onus on the Government to provide a proper mental health service.
“As great as all these voluntary services are, they should be an enhancement to what the Government provides,” he said. “At the moment they are the main providers.
“There are over 500 deaths by suicide in Ireland and these are just the ones that have been documented. If this was on our roads there would be total outrage.
“We all know some family that has been affected.
“I am calling on the Government here today, even more, I am demanding that proper facilities be made available.”
The launch was attended by Dominick Gallagher of Pieta House in Letterkenny.  The centre provides specialised treatment programmes for people who have suicidal ideation or who participate in self-harming behaviours.
Mr. Gallagher said that since the centre opened last May, over 280 people had used it, and they spanned an age gap from under ten years to over 70 years of age.