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Mum whose son took his own life calls for change in how healthcare system deals with mental health

Mum whose son took his own life calls for change in how healthcare system deals with mental health
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A local mother whose son took his own life has called for a change in how the healthcare system deals with those suffering from mental illness after he was sent home from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda twice, despite saying he intended to kill himself.

Ian Browne (pictured above) from An Cearnog on the Toberona Road, had a letter from his GP asking that he be admitted to the hospital as he was “actively suicidal” and at “imminent” risk of serious self harm.

The 25-year-old later took his own life on Thursday March 14th.

In a moving interview with The Irish Times today, his mother Sinead has questioned how he could be turned away saying “there was nothing for him” despite his attempts to get help for his depression.

In the following days following his death the hospital contacted Sinéad, saying he could not have been admitted as a psychiatric patient as he had traces of the sedative benzodiazepine in his system. The hospital told her they could deal with mental health and drug issues, but not with both at the same time.

“I told them he wasn’t an addict or a down and out, that he wanted help and didn’t get it… The door was closed on him,” she said.

“I hope, talking about what happened, I can help highlight how the system failed Ian; that might help so that when some other young person is going through this terrible ordeal and goes to seek help, that they get it.”

Read the full story in today’s Irish Times here.

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