Pieta House Cork seeing suicidal children as young as five 

Pieta House Cork seeing suicidal children as young as five 

They dealt with 15 children under the age of 10 in 2018. 

CHILDREN as young as five years of age are attending Pieta House Cork for suicidal inclinations, the centre has revealed.

Speaking to The Echo, centre manager Sylvia O’Driscoll Wong said they dealt with 15 children under the age of 10 in 2018, all of whom did not want to live.

Ms O’Driscoll Wong said that client age has become a lot younger in recent years and the under 18s group is the most common presenting at the centre.

So far this year, 27% of their assessments have been under 18s.

The centre manager said during the summer they even had a girl present at the front door who had wandered up from the park where she had been thinking of ending her own life.

“Under 18s are always seen with a parent or guardian,” said Ms O’Driscoll Wong.

“If they arrive on their own, we will always ask for someone.

“We would never turn someone away but we have a rule that under 18s must be accompanied.”

Some €14m is needed annually to keep the organisation going and €1,000 in costs is spent on every person coming into the service.

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