Cheque for suicide group

Published 04/09/2012 | 18:16

Sarah Copinger, Fiona Dennis, Mark Dolan with Coleete Leetch, Laura Erasmus and Mary Forde at the cheque presentation to the Fingal Bereaved by Suicide Group.

FINGAL BEREAVED by Suicide saw a big donation received from the team of 'Easyspeak' in Swords this week.

A large group of young adults came together with the Easyspeak team for the Fingal 10k walk in August. The team raised over €4,000 for their charity and raised a huge amount of awareness of the issue of suicide in the process. is a new website created by local man Mark Dolan. After the loss of two friends to suicide earlier this year, Mark felt it was time to create something for the community to prevent this from happening again. Mark hopes Easyspeak will help to put an end to the stigma attached to mental illness and suicide in Ireland where people feel its not ok to talk about their problems without been judged. Within days of the Facebook page being created, Easyspeak had gained thousands of followers and is growing every day. The purpose of Easyspeak is to give our local community and beyond a place to publicly share their stories in a safe environment with other people who have suffered from mental illnesses of any kind or who may know someone who is suffering. Mark said: ' The website and Facebook group offer two different options to the users. Users can post their story publicly where the group will see who posted the story or users can choose the anonymous option where a person can send a private mail to a page administrator who will post the story on their behalf allowing the person to get the story off their chest while remaining anonymous. We believe this is a brand new way of taking on suicide.' Easyspeak is run by a team of young adults wanting to help. They do not offer advice but a safe place to talk and a voice to the people who don't want to talk publicly. Easyspeak then put the person into contact with services who can deal with the problems professionally, if the person wishes. At the moment the team of Easyspeak are working hard to create more than just a website but hopefully in the future a facility for people to come to where they can seek professional advice. The organisation handed over the cash it raised from its fundraising efforts to Fingal Bereaved by Suicide at the BASE centre in Swords.

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