Sunday 18 February 2018

Donal Walsh's legacy lives on as two 'Rooms' open

The late Donal Walsh
The late Donal Walsh
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

THE head of an Irish suicide charity has praised the legacy of Kerry teenager Donal Walsh for continuing to save lives.

Paul Kelly, CEO and founder of Console, praised the teen's message after specialist rooms for children and teens, set up in Donal's memory, were opened at the charity's Limerick offices.

Further 'Donal's rooms' will be opened at Console offices in Kerry, Galway and Dublin in the coming months.

"In Limerick we have created two rooms specially designed so that children and teenagers in distress can feel safe and where they can get immediate help and support," said Mr Kelly.

"Already they are a lifeline for many of the families who use our services. They are absolutely beautiful and have been specifically designed for young people.

"Donal's friends will be designing the Kerry rooms for us and they will be open in under two months," he added.

Donal's Rooms were funded by the Donal Walsh LiveLife fund and are dedicated to furthering the Kerry teenager's message of suicide prevention to young people.

"His legacy lives on with projects like this and we are truly grateful to be part of his message," added Mr Kelly.

The children's room contains sandboxes and toys to encourage play while the teens' room includes an iPad station and wide selection of music to encourage young people who find it difficult to express their emotions to relax and interact with their counsellors.

Console offers counselling services and 24-hour helpline support to people in crisis and those bereaved by suicide. They can be reached on Freephone 1800 247 247.

Irish Independent

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