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Sunday 21 September 2014

Share your problems, tragic Clarkes plead with teenagers

Published 17/07/2014 | 02:30

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Co owners of L'Ecrivain restaurant Sallyane and Derry Clarke at the launch in St. Stephens Green of the Annual Across Ireland Motort Cycle Fun Run in aid of Teen-Line Ireland
Co owners of L'Ecrivain restaurant Sallyane and Derry Clarke at the launch in St. Stephens Green of the Annual Across Ireland Motort Cycle Fun Run in aid of Teen-Line Ireland
Sallyanne Clarke and her son Andrew
Sallyanne Clarke and her son Andrew

RESTAURATEUR Sallyanne Clarke, whose son Andrew tragically passed away in December 2012, has spoken of the importance of providing free services for teenagers struggling with mental health and emotional issues.

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Mr Clarke is an ambassador for Teen-Line, a phone service for teenagers dealing with personal and emotional issues.

"Teenagers, especially teenage boys, don't feel as comfortable talking to friends and family – so having the option to pick up a phone and talk to a stranger is hugely important," Mrs Clarke told Irish Independent.

"I got involved with Teen-Line after my son died and obviously it is a cause that is very close to my heart," she said.

"I don't know if Andrew knew about Teen-Line, but I want other teenagers to know it is out there and it can help."

Sallyanne believes that many teenagers fail to see the "long term" picture and often forget about the implications of their actions.

"Having someone on the other end of a phone can make a huge difference," she said.

She was launching the 15th Across Ireland Motor Cycle Fun Run in aid of Teen-Line.

The AAI is the longest running motorcycle event in Ireland and has helped to raise over €2m for various charities.

Teen Line is open 8pm to 11pm and from 4pm on Wednesdays. Call 1800 833 634

Irish Independent

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