Firefighters have rescued a man who became trapped in his Dublin home because of hoarding.
Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) tweeted a picture of officers making their way into the man’s home yesterday, with the hallway filled with belongings.
The man, aged in his 70s, was reportedly trapped in the house for 14 hours before he was rescued.
The Irish Times reports that he was taken to hospital with a back injury.
Thanks for highlighting Hoarding. This is a mental health problem. We provide public talks about this and other topics for MH professionals, families & friends, as well as for sufferers of the disorder. https://t.co/AJt1dv5WZz
— OCD Ireland (@OCDIreland) September 6, 2022
DFB noted that hoarding is a disorder that needs treatment and management – and urged anyone who knows someone dealing with the issue to speak to their GP.
“Apart from an obvious fire and escape risk, hoarding is a health risk,” they wrote.
Meanwhile, OCD Ireland said hoarding is a mental health problem.
The organisation for people with obsessive compulsive disorder said it provides public talks on hoarding for mental health professionals, families and friends, as well as for sufferers of the disorder.