THE Midlands is currently the angriest place in Ireland, according to the Irish Association for Anger Management. The area has come out on top of a recent poll, followed closely by Ulster. The Association has reported an unprecedented number of calls from people from the midlands seeking support in relation to their anger and how to control it and express it in a healthier way. The number of people logging on to the organisations website has also dramatically increased by 22% over the past three months.
Bernard Henry, Director of IaAM stated, “These findings came as a surprise given that the midlands is not the most densely populated area on the island of Ireland. From the amount of calls we’ve received, there is clearly a lack of front line services in the midlands to help people deal with their anger. People should also be aware that the traditional understanding of anger as being explosive, aggressive, shouting etc is only one way of expressing anger and that ‘bottled up anger which never gets expressed is equally dangerous.” Henry added.
People from the area, who contacted IaAM, highlighted a number of reasons for losing their cool. These included not being heard, relationship difficulties, losing their temper with the kids, conflict at work, recession related issues such as loss of job, debt and alcohol related violence. “These issues, along with ongoing stresses such as longer working hours, increased financial pressure, less quality time with loved ones and lack of proper communication, can all lead to people expressing their anger in an unhealthy way,” stated Peter Devers regional consultant for IaAM.
In response to these findings, the Irish Association for Anger Management are running a confidential intensive Anger Management programme “Temper your Anger”, which will take place in Athlone on Saturday June 18 and Sunday June 19. For further information, contact Peter Devers Regional Consultant at 0877989253, or log on to www.difficultemotions.com.