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'She was kind and considerate. She never realised how much she was loved'

Carmel Lynch, whose daughter died by suicide earlier this month, has urged anyone with mental health issues to seek health.

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THE MOTHER OF a young woman who died by suicide has encouraged people suffering from mental health issues to speak to someone about what they are going through.

Speaking on the Colette Fitzpatrick Show on Newstalk this morning, Carmel Lynch urged anyone feeling down to talk a friend, family, GP or the Samaritans.

“There’s always somebody there that can help you, especially when you’re in a dark place,” she said.

Carmel’s 26-year-old daughter, Rebecca, took her own life earlier this month.

From Letterkenny, she moved to the US in 2011 and had been working as a welder on the railroads.
“She was doing fantastic there,” Carmel said.

A couple of her bosses are due for retirement and she was kind of earmarked to take over the department.

“She was strong willed, stubborn, loving, caring, kind and very considerate,” Carmel remembered.

She was just an amazing girl. She had a beautiful heart… She never realised how much she was loved.

Carmel said Rebecca suffered from depression and anxiety since she was very young.

She would have had good times and bad times.
She kept a lot of stuff to herself. She always said she didn’t want to worry me. Towards the end, she thought she was a bit of a burden.

She last spoke to Rebecca on the morning of 3 September, the day she shot herself, and said their conversation gave “no indication” that her daughter was unwell.

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Later in the afternoon, Carmel rang her one last time.

I said, ‘I’m ringing you back. I’ll call you later, or call me later’. And that was it.

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