Last March (13th) Kieran travelled to Derry with his friend Alexandra O’Brien (21) and checked into a nearby hotel. The following day some of Alexandra’s belongings were found on a bridge over the River Foyle. Following the recovery of her body, the PSNI also feared for Kieran’s safety. It was largely believed that they had both entered the water together from the Foyle Bridge. Tragically Kieran’s body was recovered on Thursday and identified today.
The Irish Times reported in March: “Alexandra and Kieran were both day patients at St John of God’s, which specialises in treating people with mental health problems. In their original missing-person description of Ms O’Brien, the PSNI described her as “vulnerable.”
Now, considering they were both patients of St John of God hospital, there is no doubt that they were medicated. The Irish ‘medical model’ did not save these two young people and in my humble opinion, probably caused or at least contributed to their deaths. Yes young people can be vulnerable. Yes people die by suicide without being medicated BUT young people are far more susceptible to the adverse-effects of psychiatric drugs. Were these young people or their families warned of the doubling of the suicide risk? Were they told that these drugs were not recommended for young people, or that the EU warning on these drugs was upped to under 25s because of the suicide risk? I have first hand experience of Irish Psychiatrists denying that these drugs can cause suicide. They are wrong! The US has a black-box warning on these drugs because of the serious repercussions, particularly in young people.
Here is a 1991 you-tube video on the dangers of SSRIs; listen to these people’s stories if you dare/care. Despite this FDA hearing, it was another 13 years (2004) before they finally put a black-box warning in place for Under 18s. It took another 3 years (2007) before the US upped the warning to Under 24s; the EU followed suit upping the suicide warning to U25s. Yet the EU and the Irish Medicines Board declined to put a black-box warning on the same drugs for fear that it would “stop people from taking drugs that were perfectly suited to them”. Never mind the poor people who lost their lives by taking them!
Sadly this still hasn’t stopped uninformed doctors from medicating young people. It still hasn’t stopped suicide awareness groups from accepting funding from the makers of drugs which cause suicide; you know who you are. Is it any wonder when there are psychiatrists, like Dr Moosajee Bhamjee on Newstalk radio, who said that the suicide warnings were only put in place because of ‘the media and other issues’. Then again, the person who could have acted on this is Minister Kathleen Lynch. Remember Professor Healy and Declan Gilsenan’s meeting with her? David Healy told her that these drugs are the leading cause of death within the mental health field. Dr Gilsenan told her he had serious concerns that these drugs were causing people to kill themselves. Has she done anything? Yet again, NO! Shame on her.
- Missing teenager’s body identified (bbc.co.uk)