A Crossmolina family that has been devastated by suicide is reaching out to vulnerable young people and urging them to seek help instead of suffering in silence.
In today’s issue of the Western People we report on the McGuinn family’s decision to go public with the circumstances that led to 21 year old Andrew McGuinn’s decision to take his own life last April.
Andrew, Mullenmore, Crossmolina (pictured with this article), was found to have died on April 2 last as a result of a gun shot wound to the head and a verdict of death by suicide was returned at the north Mayo Coroner’s Court in Ballina last week.
Coroner Dr Eleanor Fitzgerald heard that Andrew had given no indications that he was in any difficulties prior to his tragic death. Letters discovered afterward revealed that he had experienced major worries and various forms of harassment and bullying that had compelled him to isolate himself.
A statement was read on behalf of the McGuinn family at the end of the inquest. They said they believed that they would have been able to help Andrew deal with his inner pain and torment if he had shared his feelings with them.
By highlighting the issues that led to Andrew’s decision to end his life, the McGuinn family hope to encourage other vulnerable young people to reach out and seek help, instead of suffering in silence like Andrew.
“We need to educate and protect the vulnerable from the idea that suicide is a viable alternative to living through temporarily unbearable pain,” Andrew’s sister, Niamh McGuinn said.