Paul spurred on by pal's tragic death
DUBS star, Paul Flynn was prompted to be one of the public faces of the Mind Our Men and Mind Ur Buddy campaigns by the tragic death of his friend, Alan Leetch, through suicide.
Paul shared that story with the Fingal Independent in an interview a few weeks ago and as the campaign is launched in GAA clubs across the county, the story is timely reminder of what this campaign is all about.
The Dubs player is passionate about helping to tackle the growing problem of young men taking that awful decision to end their own lives and he has been inspired to get involved in the cause by the death of his friend Alan Leetch from Swords in March of last year.
Since Alan's death, his friends and family have done their best to turn an awful situation into a positive fight to prevent other young men taking the same drastic action. The Alan Leetch Memorial Fund was set up, and in just over a year the Swords-based charity has raised over €40,000 for suicide awareness and suicide prevention organisations.
Paul has played his part in that success and said he has no doubt that the campaign in Alan's memory has led to a huge awareness of the problem in Swords and a very active response to the problem in his own home town.
He appealed to everyone in Fingal to get involved and visit the website at www.mindourmen.ie to pledge. Leading by example, he himself has pledged to look out for his brother and dad and keep an eye on his close mates. The GAA star said: 'The most important thing is that people pledge.'
He said that if the campaign can get people pledging to look after the men in their lives, be it a brother, or a mate or husband or boyfriend and to be proactive about it then the tide can begin to turn.