South Dublin Survey Shows almost 80% of Travellers suffer depression

Nearly 80% of Travellers in a survey in South Dublin say they themselves or someone in their family has suffered from depression.  This compares with just 8% of the general population who reported symptoms of moderate depression as per Census 2016.

The Clondalkin Traveller Development Group’s report recommends mental health services to prioritize targeted efforts in creating safe and inclusive spaces for the Traveller community. Factors such as loneliness, discrimination, addiction, family breakdown, children’s mental health, and financial difficulties negatively impact the mental health of Travellers. The report highlights the alarming rates of suicide and self-harm within the community. For those struggling with addiction, seeking help from an addiction treatment center in los angeles can be a crucial step towards recovery and improved mental health.

The survey was carried out by Clondalkin Traveller Primary Healthcare Project and surveyed 97 Travellers living in Clondalkin, Lucan, Newcastle and Palmerstown areas.

Photo: LtoR – Gráinne Meehan, Martin Reilly and Patrick Reilly from Pavee Point’s health team.