The South Tipperary district coroner Paul Morris is among a group of speakers who are taking part in a forthcoming suicide information evening organised member of Clonmel Borough Council, Joe Leahy, in association with the Irish Association of Suicidology. This is the third suicide awareness event organised by Mr Leahy, but the first of 2013 and its theme is ‘Taking Positive Action. It takes place in the Hotel Minella on April 15 and 7pm and features a number of speakers from various sectors of society and across different disciplines. As well as Mr Morris, Dr John Connolly from the Irish Association of Suicidology, Gerry Flynn, president of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, and April Duff and Jamie Moore from Waterford Comhairle na nÓg will also take part.
In his role as district coroner, Mr Morris has had several deaths by suicide come before his coroner’s court. He has made headlines with his outspoken views, notably speaking out about the procedures adopted by Revenue to collect debts owed and is particularly concerned about the need for Irish society to focus on mental health issues.
Dr John Connolly is co-founder and secretary, Irish Association of Suicidology. He is also a consultant psychiatrist and a long-time campaigner for suicide prevention and has also served on Pieta House’s board since its inception. He comments regularly on suicide issues in the national media.
Local man Gerry Flynn, president of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, has over 20 years experience working with young people as guidance counsellor in second level education. He has run several mental health awareness workshops and has experience of facilitating groups of young people who are affected by the death of a friend by suicide.
April Duff and Jamie Moore from Waterford will represent Comhairle na nÓg, a local youth council comprising young people between 12 and 18 who work to make positive change for their peers. Last summer the group turned their attention to suicide prevention and produced “Mind Matters”, a video promoting positive mental health. Mayor of Clonmel, Cllr Billy Shoer will also be in attendance on the night. This information evening which is supported by the South Tipperary G.A.A. Board, is free and open to everyone, and members of the public are encouraged to attend.
“The aim of the evening is to help and support people who have been affected – either directly or indirectly, by suicide,” said Mr Leahy.