Sunday 26 February 2017

Finding some hope in the midst of even the most unbearable sadness

As the Government launches its suicide prevention strategy today, Linda Allen reflects on how her world turned upside down when her 15-year-old son Darragh took his own life over a year ago. Here the mother of two writes movingly about her devastating loss and how she rediscovered light and hope

Linda Allen

Linda Allen and her son Darragh, who was 15 when he took his own life. Darragh was 'the life and soul of the party, the glue that held 'his crew' together, the laughter, the joker, the music maker, the risk taker'
Linda Allen and her son Darragh, who was 15 when he took his own life. Darragh was 'the life and soul of the party, the glue that held 'his crew' together, the laughter, the joker, the music maker, the risk taker'

See you in two minutes, Ma.

The words echoed in the hallway as the front door closed and re-opened in a burst, followed by a trundling of long legs up the stairs and down as quickly. All over in a blur and this time the silence left uninterrupted.

Me standing in the kitchen ironing some innocuous piece of clothing in a mundane way on an ordinary Saturday evening, in an ordinary house in a cul de sac with a green area where children kick ball and have tea parties with plastic tea sets, and he and 'his crew' set up a tent to camp out, where they tumble wrestle with each other and take selfies, plan battles on Xbox, dance, sing, shout, share a smoke behind a wall.

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