Jack L speaks out on rise in suicides
CROONER Jack L has spoken out about the rise in suicide in Ireland which is linked to the recession.
The songwriter, who is the 2010 ambassador for the suicide bereavement charity Console, says the organisation has become a vital support for those affected by suicide in the current climate.
"Too many people are taking their own lives in this country. It's so heartbreaking. I think when it comes to the issue of suicide, many people find it hard to understand, comprehend, and sometimes even to find empathy.
"If we find it difficult to digest, imagine how those faced with it must feel; the extent of utter desperation and loneliness," he said.
Jack will perform a special Concert on July 3 at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, with all proceeds going to Console.
Along with broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan, he fronted the recent Snowdrop campaign for the charity.
The fundraiser will provide an economic lifeline to Console, given the tough economic times and growing demand for services to support the suicide bereaved.
Since its foundation in 2002, Console has provided counselling, support and helpline services to those bereaved through suicide as well as those who are suicidal in the community.
Tickets are available from The National Concert Hall box office. Tel: 01 4170000 or online at www.nch.ie.