Tragic deaths prompt appeal from local clerics

Anyone struggling with mental health issues is urged to seek help.

ANYONE who is struggling with depression or mental health issues has been urged to seek help, in the wake of yet more tragedy in the community. 
Dean of Clogher, Rev Kenneth Hall, has issued an impassioned plea to those suffering with mental health problems to “please, please seek help.” 
“We want our young people to realise that no matter what they may be feeling, no matter what they have or haven’t done, no matter what the situation, there are people who do care about them and will help them find a way through,” said the Church of Ireland chaplain for SWAH, who has visited families and patients affected by suicide in recent weeks.
“There are many agencies, many help lines and many individuals all willing to help. Clergy of all denominations often make themselves available 24 hours a day for people to contact in emergencies, on a confidential basis. 
“We, as clergy, are not there to condemn thoughts or actions. 
“We want to make ourselves available for people to consult, to talk through issues and to guide and direct, whether those issues are family issues, social issues, relationship issues, sexual issues, financial issues, or school/university issues. We are available and willing to help.  
“There is always another direction to take, but sometimes people need help in finding that direction. So please, please seek help.”
Dean Hall added too many families had been affected by suicide in recent times. 
“As well as having a devastating impact on those families, it also affects their friends and the communities in which they live,” he said. 
“As responsible members of the community we must encourage all people, especially our young people, to talk about their problems with whoever they feel comfortable speaking 0to, and to seek help when they so desperately need it.” 
The Dean’s advice comes after Monsignor Peter O’Reilly issued a similarly impassioned plea over Christmas, when Enniskillen was left shaken by several tragic deaths. 
Mgr O’Reilly, who is also chaplain at SWAH, urged people to talk and seek professional help if needed. 
Overall, he urged the community to stick together in trying times. 
“It’s important to remain connected to family and community, to be there for others. 
“We can be there for them when they need us, and they are there for us when we need them,” he said. 
“That’s community. Connecting us to ourselves, to our families and to others. 
“This is a key benefit of faith and a faith community.”

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