A cluster of suicides among young women in west Dublin last year is linked to the housing crisis, domestic violence, social media and recreational drug use, a HSE investigation has found.
Fears their children could be removed by Tusla is cited by the report as a reason some mothers in distress don’t seek help.
The investigation, “Rapid assessment and community response to suicide and suspected suicide in Dublin South”, was ordered by the HSE’s national office of suicide prevention in response to the “situation regarding suicide within the Ballyfermot community”.
Though the area has had a female suicide rate three times the national average since 2015, it was the deaths of eight women in their 20s and early 30s over a 10-week period that prompted the report.
Source: Kitty Holland, Irish Times, 11th November 2020