Louise turns loss into quest to help others

AN ENNISKILLEN woman who has been through the loss of her beloved partner and cousin through suicide is using her birthday to raise much needed funds for a local mental health charity.  Louise Boyle is asking her friends, family and the wider community for donation to North West STOP – Suicide Prevention for her birthday, […]

Emer’s ‘Dry January’ will boost funds for Aisling Centre

‘BETTER days are to come’, for anyone suffering with mental health, according to Emer Jones from Enniskillen, who has taken on the ‘Dry January’ challenge to raise vital funds for the Aisling Centre. “In October I lost my sister Erne to suicide, it has been a very difficult time for me and my family,” explained […]

Call for review of ‘inadequate mental health funding’

FORMER Fermanagh MLA Richie McPhillips has called for inadequate mental health funding across the local area to be “reviewed urgently” as he vows, “people power and empathy can be a great catalyst for change” in relation to mental health and suicide prevention.  In response to the “overwhelming” support his family has received since the tragic […]

‘Reach out and talk to one another’ – urges counsellor

AS Stormont Ministers warn us to stay indoors once more. The fear and uncertainty of what the future will hold has weighed heavy on the shoulders of young people right across Fermanagh for some time now. While restrictions have minimised everyday trade and travel, internet activity has surged among young people, with everyday access to […]

Suicide is destroying ‘the soul of the country’

IN AN emotional plea during the funeral mass of Michael McPhillips, (54), his brother, Canon Jimmy McPhillips stressed it was finally time for us as a nation to talk about suicide and depression. “We need to talk so that no more families or communities are left like us this morning. Devastated, as we strive to […]

Priest warns social media linked to ‘suicide epidemic’

LOCAL priest Fr Cathal Deery, has spoken out on the “suicide epidemic” that has claimed the lives of over 307 people across the North during the past year.  Speaking to the Herald, the Derrygonnelly parish priest discussed the increase of suicides in rural areas like Fermanagh, “Rural areas in particular can be very isolating, and […]

Massive increase in rate of suicide across the county

WITH FIGURES showing the number deaths by suicide Fermanagh has increased by over 50 percent in the past decade, those in distress are urged to remember help is at hand in the local community. A recent report revealed the number of deaths by suicide in the Fermanagh and Omagh area rose from 18 in 2008 […]