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Sunday 21 September 2014

Suicide victims remembered

David Looby

Published 12/07/2014 | 12:00

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Yellow balloons are released on the quay front in New Rossin memory of those who have died through suicide.

MORE THAN 50 people participated in a suicide awareness walk through New Ross on Wednesday following which 50 balloons were released on the quay front to remember local people who have died through suicide.

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Organised by Anne Foley the event took place prior to a national march in Dublin on Saturday.

Having marched through town the group, which included family members of loved ones who have died through suicide, gathered on the quay front.

Ms Foley said: 'I wanted to finish the walk at the river to reclaim it for the people of the New Ross area because that river takes a minimum of three people each year through suicide and has done so since I was a child.'

In attendance at the memorial event were people from across County Wexford and from Dublin. Joe Dickson, from Gorey, who lost his son through suicide, spoke at a reception afterwards at the Dunbrody Experience Centre, as did Ms Foley, Luke Clerkin (22) from Dublin and 15-year-old Jamie Harrington.

Ms Foley said the government's €15m cuts to its mental health budget this year needs to be reversed, adding that she hopes by organising events like the one in New Ross, more people will become aware of the increasing risk of suicide in our community.

'If we can save one life it will all be worthwhile,' she added.

Ms Foley plans to hold similar events every six months and to begin a peer support group for people who have suffered from mental health issues in the area.

New Ross Standard

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