Connected in Pain“What gives people the right to tear strips off someone, to break them down so bad, until they can’t see past another day?”

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Three mothers of daughters who have died by suicide spoke to Joe Duffy on Liveline on Monday: Aisling O’Neill, mother of 16 year old Mia, Jackie Fox, mother of 21 year old Nicole and Mary Sheehan, mother of 14 year old Kayleigh. For Aisling, this was her second time on Liveline, having spoken to Joe in November 2019 to talk …

Listener letter‘I will do very well to survive this period of my life…I desperately need someone to help me.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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This morning on The Ryan Tubridy Show, Ryan read out a letter that had been sent to him by a listener who is considering suicide. The listener wrote that he realised how badly things had deteriorated when he was filling out an application for the annual Darkness Into Light walk, which he had agreed to do with friends. When asked “Who do you walk for?”, he wrote that he walked for himself …

Caroline on her brother's suicide‘We talk about mental health and we talk about reaching out. But the services aren’t there.’

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Caroline came on Liveline this afternoon and spoke to Joe about her brother James, who died by suicide 8 months ago. She believes her brother was let down by the services that, in theory, are in place to help him and others like him. She told Joe that James tried to find help. “It’s the services that failed my brother…my brother did reach out for help. We talk about mental health and we talk about reaching …

John's Story‘Alcohol is a drug…make no excuses about that. It is a drug and it is a mind-altering drug. And that’s proven’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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John Higgins lost his son, David, to suicide 6 years ago. John joined Ray on The Ray D’Arcy Show to talk about David and discuss the connection between cheaply-priced alcohol and suicide. As John put it to Ray, “All parents should remember the day their children are born. You should never have to remember the day they die.” Unfortunately, that day came for John in …

Cyber bullying ‘It was her 16th birthday but underneath the smile she was hurting. She was hurting bad.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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“Elle was very happy.  She was very vibrant.  She had love and passion for animals and being outdoors no matter what the weather.  When it was time for home, she loved the dressing gown on, a mug of tea and biscuits and she was very happy, very chatty and full of life.”  Listening to Mandy Throwbridge describe her teenage daughter …

Golden Gate Bridge Survivor‘The moment I went over that rail, it was instant regret.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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In September 2000, Kevin Hines became one of the few people in history to survive jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Of the thousands who have jumped from San Francisco’s iconic landmark, fewer than 1% have survived. Kevin joined Dave Fanning this morning to share the lessons he learned from trying to take his life on the bridge almost 17 …

A story of suicide‘Did you wonder at all how much we’d cry, when you bolted the door without saying goodbye?’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Anyone who knew Anthony Doonan knew him as a fiercely intelligent, warm and loving young man who excelled at anything he put his mind to. But what many didn’t know, including his family, was that he suffered terribly from depression and was battling his own demons every single day. Anthony was just 29 years old when he took his life …

When your son dies by suicide and his mobile number is reassigned.‘I just can’t understand why they couldn’t have deleted his number.’

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On April 6, 2015, Pat Costello got the most devastating news any parent could imagine. His 26-year-old son, Marcus, had died by suicide. How do you deal with this news? Emotionally, spiritually, even practically? Apart from the personal tragedy and heartbreak that arises from such an event, any death, whether suicide or otherwise, presents families with the reality of dealing with …