SINN Fein councillor Seamus Morris revealed to Nenagh Town Council this Monday that he had faced depression after he had lost his job. He was commenting on a letter to the council from Wexford Borough Council asking for support to call on Minister for Health Michael Reilly to channel extra funding into mental health, specifically to deal with suicide.
“When I lost my job I had a bit of a breakdown,” said Cllr Morris who now works for An Post. “I have no problem speaking about it. I was lucky to get out of it.”
The SF councillor said he had taken a job a “long way out of Nenagh” to get over it.
Cllr Morris said there were a lot of people facing mental health problems at the moment, but the services were “scandalous”.
He claimed that people were being “shoehorned into a small unit in Ennis. There is a serious problem out there, but again it goes back to the HSE.”
Earlier, Cllr Conor Delaney, Fine Gael who proposed that the town council adopt the motion that had been agreed at Wexford Borough Council, said that mental health was a major issue facing people, especially in light of the number of suicides throughout the country.
He maintained there was an urgent need for extra funding to be put in place to improve services.
Cllr Virginia O’Dowd asked if any anybody with an unused premises would consider leasing it to Aras Follain, the wellness cenre in Tyone, for use as a men’s shed.
Cllr Tom Moylan pointed out the work that was being done by Aras Follain as well that at Nenagh Community Garden at Yewston.