Friday 22 September 2017

Stars support 'Mind our Men'

Anne-Marie Walsh

RTE actor Peter Coonan has told how his mother's death helped him cope with his feelings at a very young age.

The star of gangland drama 'Love/Hate', whose mother died when he was just 12, spoke of how he dealt with his traumatic loss in a bid to encourage men to talk about their mental health problems.

Peter and Dublin footballer Paul Flynn launched the 'Mind our Men' campaign yesterday in a bid to reduce the number of suicides.

Joan Freeman, the founder and CEO of suicide and self-harm crisis centre Pieta House, said by this day next week 10 more people will have died by suicide – and eight of these will be men.

"I learned at a young age . . . that it is very important to be able to discuss your feelings," said Peter. "We want to encourage men to talk about their problems."

Footballer Paul Flynn said he had to attend counselling to deal with the suicide of his close friend, Alan Leech. "I know his mother is keen that people take notice and men start talking, and people start looking out for each other because of the devastation it causes," he said.

Irish Independent

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