Mother of Elisha Gault to appear on Pat Kenny show to discuss adolescent mental health services

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Elisha Gault

Elisha Gault

The mother of Tipperary teenager Elisha Gault will appear on a special episode of the Pat Kenny show on TV3 tonight to discuss her daughter’s life and tragic death while highlighting child and adolescent mental health services.

Grainne Gault, whose 14 year old daughter died last month, will talk to presenter Pat Kenny about the dangers facing teenagers online and the necessary changes she believes needs to occur in the country's mental health services.

Elisha's body was recovered from the River Suir on March 25 near her home in Carrick-on-Suir, eight days after she was last seen on March 17. Hundreds of volunteers supported the massive search operation for the Comeragh College student including the Gardaí, Civil Defence, the Coast Guard, Carrick River Rescue, Waterford Marine Search and Rescue, Nenagh Search and Rescue and Mallow Search and Rescue.

In an emotional post on social media, Elisha's family have also vowed to change the course of victim support services as well as campaigning to implement a 'Self Care Curriculum' for primary and post primary students

"As a family we are devastated by the loss of Elisha but we will now fight to change the course of Victim support services, CAMHS and campaigning to implement a Self Care Curriculum for Primary and Post primary students to learn better coping skills and develop a better empathy and conflict resolution strategy that we hope will help them through their schooling years but see them through their adult years and hopefully in turn reduce the number of suicides in Ireland Young and Old that we all have to live with today."

"This one is for you baby girl because you were so caring in nature and hated to see anybody hurting and even through your own plight you still tried to be a fun and friendly influence for those around you, who are missing you greatly."

The Pat Kenny Show airs on TV3 on Wednesday night at 10pm

If you have been affected by any issues raised in this article, please contact The Samaritans free helpline on 116 123 or by  email to jo@samaritans.ie

Childline is available 24 hours for children and young people (up to 18) who may have any concerns or who would like to talk about anything which may be on their mind. Childline can be contacted in the following ways: Call 1800 66 66 66, Text ‘Talk’ to 50101 or chat online at Childline.ie