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Adam steps in to help battle suicide

U2's Adam Clayton is lending a helping hand -- or rather foot -- in the fight to lower suicide rates in Ireland.

The rock star says he wants to highlight the high numbers of young men battling depression in the country.

The bassist has signed up to support 'Walk in my Shoes', an organisation which aims to provide free mental health services for young adults in Ireland.

Clayton said: "Suicide takes the lives of more young men in Ireland than road accidents. Did you know that? I didn't. Now that I do I want to help. So I am supporting 'Walk in my Shoes Day' on April 26.

"The money raised that day will be used to put young people back on the road to mental health."

The rocker is asking everyone to wear silly shoes on April 26 -- which they wouldn't normally wear -- to work, school and college, and also to donate €2 to help support mental health services.

Suicide is the leading cause of death among 18 to 25-year-old men in Ireland.

But with proper supports and treatment many of these deaths could be prevented. Top singer Imelda May is also supporting the suicide prevention campaign.

Two-thirds of all mental health difficulties will start before the age of 24, and Ireland has one of the highest suicide rates in the 14-24 age group in the EU.

For more information, log on to walkinmyshoes.ie

Sunday Independent