Youth-led suicide awareness event ‘I need d Talk d ye’

A youth led suicide awareness event will be held at the Bound For Boston pub on Friday May 13.

‘I need d Talk d ye’ will feature a number of Derry’s finest musical acts, sponsored head shaves, a raffle, a charity auction and has incorporated support from local businesses and even a sponsored walk in the Himalayas.

All proceeds raised will be divided equally between ZEST and Foyle Search and Rescue - the evening will directly help address the issue locally.

Event organiser Mary O’Hara said she organised the evening after she was bereaved by suicide. Though the stoic 22-year- old Waterside girl choose to concentrate on the positivity the evening will create.

The idea started, said Mary: “When a few young people came together to say enough is enough. Actions speak louder than words. We have all been touched in some way or the other with the effects of suicide. Losing close friends and family to this horrible way out, I wanted people to know that there are other options.

“I think a large part of promoting that idea is to get people talking about suicide. Issues like cancer, dangerous driving like speeding on the roads are discussed but when it comes to suicide there is little debate. We decided to take this into our own hands and increase the awareness among the young people of Derry ourselves.”

The HML employee has organised a wide range of entertainment and information stands for May 13. Taking to the stage will be Metallica tribute band, ‘Master of Pulpits,’ ‘Hybris,’ ‘Wileman,’ ‘Intermission,’ ‘Rainey Boy Sleep’ and ‘Intermission.’

Gary ‘Gaz’ Jameson will be having his head shaved in order to raise funds and Ciaran Rankin will be donating the proceeds of his sponsored walk in the Himalayas to the good cause. Local call centre First Source have also agreed to donate the proceeds from a sponsored ‘Dress Down Day.’

Items which have been donated include £150 worth of Slimming World vouchers, a phone from O2, CDs from Q102fm, a mini fridge, vouchers for Fosters and Badgers and a signed Derry City FC jersey.

“The message is young people need to start talking about this issue,” said Mary. “There will be help and support available on the night from Zest, The Samaritans and Foyle Search and Rescue.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has helped organise, donate items and the bands who are to play fee-free on the evening but most of all I’d ask people to attend to ensure it is the success it can be.”

‘I need d Talk d ye’ will be held at The Bound For Boston on Friday, May 13. Admission £2.