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Dublin GAA clubs join fight to help tackle scourge of suicide

DUBLIN GAA clubs are hoping to tackle the scourge of suicide by training their own members on how to spot people at risk of taking their own life.

The county is taking part in a new campaign called 'Mind Our Men' run in conjunction with the Pieta House suicide and self-harm crisis centre.

It encourages clubs across the county to put forward up to four men or women for training sessions on how to spot the warning signs of suicide. The campaign is aimed specifically at men, who account for 80pc of all suicides.

This week a study into suicides across Ireland revealed that Irish youths have the fourth highest suicide rate in Europe, with young men under 21 considered a risk group.

Sponsors Vodafone will also be donating jerseys sporting the 'Mind Our Men' logo that will be worn in the first games of the senior football and hurling championships.

Irish Independent