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Monday 20 November 2017

Donal's final video plea will go to schools soon

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

A VIDEO recording of Donal Walsh (pictured) making an impassioned plea to young people to seek help if they are feeling suicidal will be circulated through schools at the end of the month.

Donal's mother Elma confirmed the last recording of her son making his plea would also be available to view on YouTube at the end of September.

However, Mrs Walsh warned that viewers would see a different Donal than they did on the night he captured the nation's attention when he was interviewed by Brendan O'Connor on RTE's 'Saturday Night Live'.

"Donal was very weak at the time it was done and had deteriorated a lot even since his television appearance.

"People will see that he was dying," Mrs Walsh said.

The Walsh family was contacted by the minister of state with responsibility for mental heath, Kathleen Lynch, before Donal's death, to see if he would be interested in recording his message for posterity.

Donal's parents and his sister Jema were shown the completed footage last June. It is to be rolled out to second-level schools as part of a HSE nationwide mental health campaign.

His parents are in New York this week at the invitation of Crumlin Children's Hospital to meet with its US-based fundraising group to tell them Donal's story.

On their return, they'll be preparing for a number of other events being organised to raise money for the Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation, including a charity ball in INEC Killarney. For more information see www.donalwalshlivelife.org.

Irish Independent

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