That’s according to the coroner for the area, Terence Casey, who’s described suicide as a blight in the county, and plague on society.
He was speaking at the Coroner’s Court in Killarney today, where five of the seven cases were suicides.
Coroner Terence Casey says there’ve been nine suicides in south and east Kerry so far this year; two were women, the remaining seven were men.
Five of the seven cases that came before the Coroner’s Court in Killarney today were suicides; two had left suicide notes, none had alcohol in their systems, and their ages ranged from 28 to 62 years.
Coroner Terence Casey says suicide is a blight in the county and a plague on society.
He says suicides decreased by a third since the all-time high in 2011/2012, but they’re increasing again this year.
For the last few years there have been about eight a year, but there have been nine so far this year.
Mr Casey says people taking their own lives think it’s an easy way out and can’t see the unbelievable pain and suffering left behind.
He called on anyone suicidal to seek help for the many organisations offering it in confidence.
The Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123.