first_imgThe mother of missing Mary Boyle has said people like the family of Maddie McCann should never give up hope of finding missing loved ones.Ann Boyle with one of her grandchildren. Pic courtesy of RTE.Ann Boyle was speaking following a possible breakthrough in the search for her daughter who went missing in Donegal 37 years ago.Although a 64 year old man arrested in connection with Mary’s disappearance was released last night, Gardai are hopeful of a breakthrough in the case. Speaking from her home in Keadue, Ann, 69, said people must put their complete faith in the police services.“I know exactly what the McCann family are going through and my heart goes out to them.“What I would say to them is that they should never give up hope. I have never given up hope of finding out what happened to Mary.“Every day I pray that Mary will be found and I still feel that we will find out what happened to her. “Hopefully we may be a little closer now.“And I hope they never give up hope of one day finding out what happened to their daughter,” she said.Ann said she has complete trust in Gardai getting to the bottom of her daughter’s mystery.“They have been so good over the years and have always kept us in touch.‘They have always been courteous and let us know what is happening with the case,” she added. PEOPLE SHOULD NEVER GIVE UP HOPE OF FINDING MISSED LOVED ONES – ANN BOYLE was last modified: October 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ann BoyleCashelarddonegalMARY BOYLEmissinglast_img read more

first_imgThe Government is currently engaged in an intense planning process to maintain the security gains and the safety of the citizens of Jamaica.Given the negative response of the Leader of the Opposition to the invitation of the Prime Minister to meet and reconsider the extensions of the States of Public Emergency, the Government has been focused on fine-tuning its security plans for the coming year.The public should bear in mind that the Leader of the Opposition while accepting the Prime Minister’s invitation to meet, has flatly rejected the purpose of the meeting, which is to discuss the extension of the State of Emergency.The Government does not wish to make security into a political football nor do we wish to engage in meaningless talk. The Government has always sought a united position on security matters and would welcome the cooperation of the Opposition even at this late stage. However, such cooperation must be genuine and meaningful.The Opposition is either confused or disingenuous, on one hand, they outrightly reject the successful use of the States of Emergency, which are recommended by the security professionals and which could continue to bring further gains. While, on the other hand, the Opposition is advocating for actions that could only be carried out under the legal framework of a State of Emergency.In his use of time, the Prime Minister has decided to focus on ensuring that plans are in place for the improved safety and security of the citizens.The Prime Minister will be completing a series of consultations with the Security Chiefs today and tomorrow, after which, or if possible earlier, he will finalize a letter to the Leader of the Opposition.last_img read more

first_imgYMCA releases major research today as it partners with #IAMWHOLE – an NHS anti-stigma campaign fronted by Jordan Stephens (Rizzle Kicks).Ed Sheeran: #IAMWHOLEMore than one in three young people with mental health difficulties experience stigma, according to major new research released by youth charity, YMCA.The I AM WHOLE report published today in support of an NHS anti-stigma campaign being launched by UK music star Jordan Stephens (Rizzle Kicks), also shows that, of the young people who experience this stigma, more than a third say it happens at least once a week and 54% say it originates from their own friends.Researchers spoke to more than 2,000 11 to 24-year-olds and found that 38% of those with mental health difficulties felt they were stigmatised. Of those, 56% said this stigma made them less willing to access professional support for their mental health difficulties and 70% were less likely to speak about their problems.Stigma comes in many forms for young people, including being left out of activities (54%) and verbal abuse (36%). In addition, it also damages confidence (85%) and negatively impacts on their school performance (59%).YMCA’s research supports the #IAMWHOLE campaign that is hoping to combat stigma and normalise mental health difficulties among young people. It is supported by major celebrities, including James Corden, Dermot O’Leary and Ed Sheeran and is asking people to: • Challenge harmful language used to describe mental health difficulties so that young people can ask for help without fear of negative labels. • Ask for support from friends, parents, teachers, GPs or youth workers • Show support by joining the #IAMWHOLE movement on social media and posting ‘circle on hand’ selfies in support of the anti-stigma message • Find and get help by visiting – a mental health services directory for young people created by YMCA’s Right Here project in partnership with other local groups in Jordan’s childhood home of Brighton & Hove. This site allows users to search for support, share stories about their own mental health and give feedback on services they have used for others to read. ‘Find Get Give’ also includes resources for parents and carers. Services are being added to Find Get Give all the time and providers are being encouraged to add their work using the online form.In addition, Jordan has written a new song ‘Whole’ about tackling mental health issues and the #IAMWHOLE campaign features in the song’s music video, along with young people from YMCA’s Right Here mental health project in Brighton.Denise Hatton, Chief Executive of YMCA England, the national council of YMCAs in England and Wales, said: “YMCA’s research backs up conversations we have had with young people in which they have told us mental health is one of the principle worries affecting their generation today.“What is alarming from these findings is the widespread stigma young people are now seeing or experiencing from others that is making them less likely to seek professional help. YMCA’s mental health services make a huge difference to the lives of young people with mental health difficulties but it is clear more needs to be done to support those who are currently slipping through the net.“That’s why I encourage everyone to support #IAMWHOLE to help overcome the stigma we have identified and the negative consequences young people are facing when trying to deal with their mental health difficulties alone.”Jordan Stephens, said: “The #IAMWHOLE campaign message that ‘together we are whole’ is so important and I am pleased to be launching it today on World Mental Health Day.“My mum is a trained therapist so I’ve seen how important it is for people to get the right support and not to feel isolated. I’ve also had friends and people close to me seriously affected by mental health issues. I wrote ‘Whole’ to express how I was feeling at the bottom of a situation. When the NHS suggested it could be used to give other people a way of feeling less alone, man that felt really good.”Other findings from the YMCA’s research report include: • More than three quarters (77%) of young people know someone who has experienced difficulties with their mental health. • Anxiety (66%) and depression (51%) were the most common mental health conditions experienced by young people. • Young people who believe stigma exists believe they can best tackle it by talking more about mental health (64%) and sharing their experiences (60%). • 81% of young people who believe stigma exists say that school is the best place to combat it.Dr Tim Kendall, National Clinical Director for Mental Health for NHS England, said: “A lot of work is being done by the NHS in England to support improvements in children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing, including major investment and service transformation over the next five years.“Reaching out to young people who aren’t coming forward to access services due to fear of stigma is so important and the #IAMWHOLE campaign is helping to start that conversation with young people today online, through social media and an anti-stigma challenge initiative for schools.”last_img read more