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re: Sad day for Castlebar

Posted by Frank on April 25, 2012 at 10:42:21:

In Reply to: re: Sad day for Castlebar posted by Open up on April 25, 2012 at 06:55:01:

There is a big problem here, speaking as someone who works in the field of offering support to those in need, and its the fact Irish males both young and old will not talk about what is upsetting them or what is on their mind! they think wrongly no one is intrested or its a macho thing not to bare your problems to others, this is very wrong and it does mean society has to change as well, many people i know are trying to get through life day by day under the most difficult of circumstances but they keep it all hidden they carry the burden themselves leading to depression and mental health problems or worse. None of this is going to improve until there is more information and education out there, many cant afford counselling fees many dont want to trouble their G.P. many are ashamed of way they feel, but its up to each one of us to reach out to others to look for signs, schools need to be proactive in encoraging students to report bullying or attacks or cyberbulling or homophobia, workplaces need to have numbers up of free counsellors that can be contacted at any time, churches need numbers of same sort of listeners on mass sheets and news editions, and we as a people as a society need to be more tolerant and caring and listening people, and drop the macho false image of men should not bare their feelings. Our prayers and sympathies go out to both grieving families in this town at this time

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