Mental health seminars in schools are a fitting tribute to brave Donal
MENTAL health seminars are to be rolled out across 15 schools in north Kerry next week thanks to a massive fundraising initiative by Munster Rugby and Shannon Airport that was inspired by Tralee teenager, Donal Walsh.
Jigsaw Kerry - a free support service for young people aged between 12 and 25 - will deliver the talks to coincide with World Mental Health Week, beginning on October 7.
The seminars are being funded by proceeds of the sale of wristbands to the Munster rugby fans who flew out from Shannon Airport for the province's big showdown with Clermont Auvergne in France in April
Mary Considine of Shannon Airport said that the idea to combine with Munster on the mental health issue was inspired by the late Donal Walsh's powerful interview on Brendan O'Connor Show last April.
"Donal Walsh's incredible courage and the way he devoted the last few months of his life to campaigning for suicide awareness, was something that touched everybody's hearts," she said.
"His interview on the Brendan O'Connor Show and the coverage after was an inspiration to everyone who saw it and we decided we wanted to do something to support positive mental health in his native Kerry as a result and came up with the wristband initiative for the Munster match.
"Donal was a a big fan of the Munster rugby team, and Jigsaw Kerry is a nominated charity for Munster Rugby, so it made them the perfect choice for the proceeds," Ms Considine said.