Saturday 23 May 2015

Bressie joins battle against teen suicides

Published 01/05/2013 | 05:00

Bressie on stage in Colaiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal
Bressie on stage in Colaiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal
Bressie on the Cycle Against Suicide in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal
Bressie heads off on the Cycle against suicide.

'Voice' coach Bressie has revealed his devastation when he first heard of "tragic and pointless" deaths of 13-year-old Erin Gallagher and her sister Shannon(15).

The singer said he felt "unquantifiable sorrow" when told of the suicides in Ballybofey, Co Donegal, of Erin – who had been cyber-bullied – and Shannon, who could not get over her sister's death. Bressie was on a Cycle Against Suicide which yesterday reached Donegal.

After starting in Sligo yesterday, the cycle had its first break at Colaiste Cholmcille in Ballyshannon.

The Mullingar-born performer said: "When I read about the Gallagher sisters I thought, 'I need to get involved there. I need to do something.'

"Teenage suicide is something that affects me massively, I don't know why."

Bressie observed there were several mental charities in Ireland but wondered whether they were cohesive enough.

"If you are a 13-year-old in Donegal, say in Killybegs, and you have a serious anxiety or pressure problem who do you ring?

"There are so many options. What we want to do now is to make damn sure they know who it is that needs to be contacted."

The 1,400km cycle started last Monday and ends on Sunday. Visit cycleagainstsuicide.com for more information.

Irish Independent

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