Kildare mum whose daughter took her own life to protest for better mental health services

Demonstration to take place outside Dáil Eireann

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Mum hopes death of daughter will help save lives of others

The late Maxine Maguire

A Newbridge mum whose daughter took her own life will be protesting outside the Dáil for better mental health services.

Kathy Maguire said that any changes in the current system will be too late for Maxine, who died aged 25 in February 2017 — but may save the lives of others.

The demonstration is taking place outside Dáil Eireann at 1pm on October 16.

“Mental health needs to be prioritized by our government," Kathy said.

“We have lost too many young, beautiful lives to suicide. Had we an adequate system, our loved ones would still be with us.”

The grieving mother claimed that many recommendations made by the HSE review into her daughter’s death have not been implemented.

Kathy and other families affected by suicide want legislation brought in to make it easier for patients who have previously been in the mental health system to re-enter it.

They are also calling for a chief clinician to review each patient before discharge and new technology to simplify access to patients’ files.

Kathy said: “Unfortunately it will all be too late for my beautiful Maxine but we hope changes will be made that will safequard many more lives.”

Kathy added: “With the largest ever budget for the HSE — €17billion — why are our children still waiting on €55million to be allocated to mental health?”

Maxine was a graduate of Maynooth University and was studying for a Masters in Child, Youth & Family studies.
After her death, friends celebrated her life and love of music with a special gig A Night in Memory” in Newbridge.

* If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article please contact Samaritans helpline 116123, Aware helpline 1800 804848 or Pieta House on 1800 247247.