Sunday 22 October 2017

Rugby star O'Driscoll urges men to open up

Georgina O'Halloran

MUNSTER rugby player Mick O'Driscoll has urged young men to talk about their problems rather than keeping things bottled up.

O'Driscoll, who is a director of the voluntary organisation Suicide Aware, described suicide as a "massive problem" in Ireland, with 527 suicides in 2009 and 486 in 2010.

"But in reality it's a lot more than that," said O'Driscoll, who was speaking at an event at University College Cork to raise awareness about youth suicide. "We don't believe they are the full and accurate figures. If you speak to coroners, they will only record a death as suicide if it's 100pc sure it was a suicide."

"We have this macho image. We can't be seen to be crying or down. Everything within us wants us to hold it in, but that's the worst thing you can do."

www.suicideaware.ie

www.samaritans.org

Irish Independent

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