Sabina Caffrey and her mother Ann Delahunty, Clonmel and 26 friends and members of the Delahunty family took to the streets of Dublin for the Flora Womens Mini Marathon at the start of June to help raise money and awareness for a Munster organisation, Suicide Aware.
Suicide Aware is a voluntary organisation set up to promote awareness and prevention of suicide to identify and meet the needs of people suffering from depression and suicide-related issues.
The group also helps families of suicide victims cope with the devastating aftermath of such a tragedy. They have set up educational programmes and activities for the purpose of creating public awareness and understanding of mental health, depression and suicide.
In the current climate the increase in suicides is huge and Suicide Aware are working on campaigns to heighten awareness and communication among teenagers and adults to speak about their problems.
Pat Behan from Suicide Aware travelled from Cork to accept a cheque for €4,700, which the ladies raised. Pat and Suicide Aware have a new campaign running in conjunction with Red FM called “mind your mate” to help people read the signs of close friends or relatives who may be contemplating suicide. This is a campaign that they are hoping to roll out to the whole of Munster. Funding raised by ladies doing the Mini Marathons and other events will assist in this roll out.