GARDAÍ in Limerick say they are increasingly encountering people with mental health difficulties and are appealing to people who find themselves in that situation to look for help.
Garda John Finnerty told the Limerick Post that given the unprecedented times people were going through, local Gardaí wanted to stress how important it was for them to maintain their mental wellbeing
“This is a difficult time for everybody but if you already suffer from anxiety or depression, you will be challenged even more. Given the nature of the work of An Garda Siochana we’re encountering increased incidents where mental health is a primary factor.
“If you need help, help is available,” he added.
“I particularly want to mention the website yourmentalhealth.ie which is operated collectively by the HSE, Healthy Ireland and the Samaritans. The information is very simple, easy to follow and very relevant.”
“ALONE is an excellent service for the older person, their number is 0818-222024, the Samaritans number is 116 123 and Pieta House is 1800 247247. Finally, the Limerick community response number is 1800-832 005 and they can assist callers with any and all information they might need,” Garda Finnerty explained.
The HSE reminds people in difficulty that they should contact their family doctor for immediate support or to get a referral to the mental health services.
Mental health help is also available through the emergency department at the University Hospital Limerick in Dooradoyle for any person who is in crisis, having suicidal thoughts or likely to self-harm.