Friday 24 November 2017

Mum of boy who took own life plans fundraising bid

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

CORA O'Brien has no idea what caused her teenage son David to take his own life five years ago.

She and her husband Martin and their two younger children have understandably struggled to come to terms with it since.

However, she feels strongly that parents need to talk to their children about suicide the same way they would about other topics like drugs or alcohol.

"We just have no clue what happened," she told the Irish Independent. "There was no one thing that you could say was big enough by any means for him to do that."

David was in his Leaving Cert year at St Michael's College in Listowel, Co Kerry.

The popular student had filled in his driving licence application, hoped to study in the University of Limerick the following year, coached his school's basketball team and worked two jobs at weekends for pocket money.

"There was just no possible way you could think he was depressed, if anything he was the opposite," his mother added.

Mrs O'Brien is hoping to break the Guinness world record of getting as many people as possible in the one place dressed as nuns to raise buckets of money for Pieta House -- the self-harm and suicide prevention organisation.

"I think a lot of people don't even know Pieta House is there or about what it does, so this is about raising awareness that there is help out there," she said.

'Nunday' in Listowel will be on June 30, and Mrs O'Brien is hoping the idea will inspire people to turn up to help break the record of 250, which she hopes they'll easily achieve.

"Well, I have 500 habits so hopefully we'll get enough heads to put them on," Mrs O'Brien said.

Irish Independent

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