My name is Tony and I’m 51 years old. I am so lucky to have met my true soul mate, Leonie; she is the core of my world. Everything revolves around her and our kids, to say we were blissfully happy, is an understatement. We cruised through life, nothing could rock us, the foundation was solid. I’m a motor mechanic, own my own garage and Leonie is a hairdresser, we worked hard and laughed harder. Then one day, on August 16th 2009, the Police came to our home and told us our beautiful son Shane had killed another person and himself; words will never be able to say how we felt, our world crashed. Most of you will know about Shane’s story, a really good guy, big heart, never drank, final year in Trinity, the sensible one, believe me, he was all of above and more.
You see this is my problem, Shane never had any mental health problems, he broke up with his girlfriend and had a broken heart for a few months, the worst he could do was cry; so what? He had emotions like any other decent human being, which to me meant he cared for people. We brought him to a doctor, which I thought was like someone bringing a broken car to me to fix, and that the doctors would do the same for Shane.
As far as I am concerned, when Shane walked through their doors and paid money for their professional services, a contract was formed and they had a duty to care for Shane. Anti depressants (SSRI’s) we thought were happy pills, well they are called ANTI-depressants, yet after 17 days of these mind altering drugs the tragic events were to unfold. We just didn’t understand until Dr. Michael Corry, RIP, stated that Shane could not have done what he did if he was not on these drugs and then it started to make sense.
I feel so sorry for the people that have lost someone to suicide and didn’t have someone like Dr Corry to tell them the hidden truth. People just don’t make the connection with suicide/homicide and the side effects of these dangerous drugs. We look at the world in a very different way now, we have discovered exactly how corrupt the pharmaceutical companies, Irish Psychiatry and the medical system are, so let’s call a spade a spade, in my opinion they are getting away with murder.
I love my wife and my kids, always have and always will, that’s a given, but it’s also a fact that we will never stop campaigning till the truth prevails. Let’s hope our Government will do the right thing and listen to Professor Healy and Declan Gilsenan when we meet, and act on this. People need to be warned about the side-effects of these mind altering drugs. Ireland was the first country in Europe to ban smoking in public, so why can we not be the first to make medicine safe again? And hopefully my story will never become yours?