8.7 C
Ireland
Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Significant increase in young people using Pieta’s services

Suicide and self-harm charity Pieta has said they have seen a significant increase in the number of young people coming to use their services.

It said demand for the service for under-18s has increased by over 40% since 2020.

-AD-

In the first six months of this year, the charity said almost a quarter of clients under-18 have attempted suicide, while 86% of under-18s have experienced suicidal ideation.

Depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and loneliness were the most common triggers for this age cohort.

Tom McEvoy, Funding and Advocacy Manager at Pieta said: “It raises concerns in our society. There are a couple of reasons why, the pandemic certainly has not helped, people are living in much more isolated conditions, struggling with social networking.”

-AD-

McEvoy said they have experienced an increase in their general therapy provision in all age cohorts.

“We are seeing a lot more older people connecting in with Zoom therapy and telephone therapy, which is great,” McEvoy said.

Today is World Mental Health Day and there are a number of events occurring around the country over the coming days to mark the issue.

POPULAR

Teachers’ unions call for traditional State Exams to take place amid criticism over ‘unhelpful’ speculation about hybrid model

The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) and the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) have called for State Exams to take...

Confrontation and massive consequences amongst warnings from US ahead of talks with Russia over Ukraine

United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has warned Russia that "confrontation and massive consequences" await if it continues with its aggression...

Jeffrey Donaldson says DUP on same page as Liz Truss over Northern Ireland Protocol as the UK Foreign Secretary threatens triggering Article 16

Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Jeffrey Donaldson has claimed UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is on the same page in...

Mandatory vaccinations to be discussed by NPHET while legal and ethical paper is prepared by Department of Health

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) will be discussing mandatory vaccinations while the Department of Health prepares a legal and ethical...
Ireland
broken clouds
8.7 ° C
9.2 °
8.4 °
82 %
5.7kmh
76 %
Wed
9 °
Thu
10 °
Fri
12 °
Sat
11 °
Sun
9 °