The founder of a suicide prevention service says counsellors should be placed in all GP offices.
Noreen Murphy, who set up Lisheens’ House West Cork Suicide Prevention Service, lost her husband Donal to suicide in 2007.
She was speaking after the murder-suicide tragedy in Cavan that resulted in the death of a family of five.
Ms Murphy believes a community effort is needed to combat suicide, and in instances where a person has taken their own life, the families need support to deal with the residual legacy.
The service founder also says there is a stigma around mental health, especially in rural Ireland, where services are not as readily available.
Ms Murphy adds counsellors should be placed in all doctors’ surgeries to combat this issue.