Wednesday 20 June 2018

WATCH: RTE sports broadcaster Evanne Ní Chuilinn: 'Let's be kind to each other. Let's try to empathise'

RTE sports broadcaster Evanne Ní Chuilinn
RTE sports broadcaster Evanne Ní Chuilinn
Evanne Ní Chuilinn stars in the “Wake Up! Let’s Be Kind” video.
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

RTE sports broadcaster Evanne NÍ Chuilinn and musician Niall Breslin are among a whole host of names who are appearing in a short video to highlight that how we treat each other is a matter of life and death.

The video also features stars including Sinéad Burke, Stephen Considine, and Fair City actor Eric Lalor who perform lines from a poem about mental health.

"It affects people more than you realise," Evanne says. "Let's be kind to each other, let's try to empathise."

"Wake up and realise with every breath that how we treat each other is a matter of life or death," Dublin GAA player Nicole Owens says.

Musician Niall Breslin adds: "A thoughtful word, an instinct to mind, a well-timed hug, let's be kind."

The video, “Wake Up! Let’s Be Kind”, has been launched by Electric Ireland for Pieta House and Darkness Into Light 2018.

Darkness Into Light is now a global movement which touches the hearts and minds of people throughout Ireland and around the world with over 180,000 participants taking part last year.

Electric Ireland and Pieta House are encouraging people to Wake Up and Walk from Darkness Into Light at 4.15am on Saturday, May 12.

“It’s never been more important to highlight the issue of suicide in Ireland and the message of kindness is especially important - I’m delighted to be supporting Pieta House and Darkness Into Light with Electric Ireland,” Breslin explained.

Brian Higgins, CEO of Pieta House, said: "Thanks to the generosity of all our participants and supporters, all of our services remain free, but the demand for them is ever-increasing. We all need to wake up to the stigmas that lead people to the point of self-harm or suicidal crisis and subsequently to the doors of Pieta House to seek help."

Visit www.darknessintolight.ie to register to Wake Up and Walk with Pieta House.

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