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Monday 18 November 2019

Pat Kenny leads 'life cycle' for suicide charity

A TV star, former Olympic athlete, and numerous politicians got on their bikes yesterday to raise money for suicide prevention, writes Louise Hogan.

Around 50 people, led by broadcaster Pat Kenny, Senator Eamon Coghlan and Lord Mayor of Dublin Andrew Montague, took part in a two-hour cycle in aid of charity Console.

Mr Montague said yesterday's event was to both raise awareness of suicide and also funds for a dedicated psychotherapist for young people.

The group's route took them from Grand Canal Dock to the 12th lock at Lucan, Co Dublin. "I know the importance of the work from my own community in Ballymun.

"There are some good services in Ballymun, including Jigsaw, which is pioneering mental health support for young people," he said.

It is estimated 386 men and 100 women took their own lives last year.

Console was established by Paul Kelly after he suffered a loss through suicide.

Irish Independent

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