Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Mum's plea after son takes own life

Tragedy: Paul Monaghan

The mother of a 22-year-old man who was found dead on Saturday after taking his own life has spoken of her devastation and urged those going through difficulties to "talk to someone".

Paul Monaghan, from Enniskillen, was found on Saturday at park land near the Racecourse Lough in the Corban Avenue area of the town.

His mother Mary described a "happy-go-lucky" son whose death had left her, her family and friends of Paul devastated.

Mr Monaghan was a past pupil of St Michael's Primary School, Holy Trinity Primary School, St Joseph's College and the Integrated College in Enniskillen. He was not working at the time of his death.

His funeral was held yesterday at St Michael's Church in Enniskillen, followed by burial at Cross Cemetery.

The young man is survived by his mother, father Ian and sister Melissa. At the time of his death the well-known local figure was living in the Cornagrade area with his partner of nine months Bernadette and her children.

"He was happy-go-lucky, cheerful, popular," his mother said. "We've had a lot of responses from people saying what a good friend he was, and that he was a good support to people."

Mary was at work when she heard. "I was devastated," she said. She offered her own plea to those suffering depression or difficulties in their lives.

"I don't know why suicide is such a big issue here – maybe it's that there's no work for people, there's no help for anyone that is suffering from depression.

"I would urge people to talk to someone, be it a relative, be it a stranger, a professional – just talk to people about your problems."

BACKGROUND

The Samaritans is a counselling service available to the public. The charity operates a 24-hour helpline and has branches around the province for people to visit. The national number is 08457 909090 or email: jo@samaritans.org

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