Pictured at the recent Darkness into Light cheque presentation are Cormac Craig (Drogheda DIL Committee), Gerard Tiernan (Pieta House) and Aisling Pentony (Drogheda Darkness into Light Committee).
Bad news sells newspapers but the constant emphasis by some media outlets on the darker side of life is not giving us the full picture. It could also be contributing to the spread of depression across the country.
Yes there are vicious criminal gangs out there who will stop at nothing to gain the upper hand in their disgusting trade in narcotics and yes there are all sorts of other problems that can beset our daily lives if we let them.
Most people though, the vast majority, are honest, down to earth souls who just want to be healthy, enjoy life, do the best they can for their neighbours and friends, and lend a helping hand to people who need it whenever they can. They're the good guys.
A symptom of the stresses and problems facing people in 21st Century Ireland is the surge in the numbers of people choosing to end their own lives. To someone like me, born in the mid-20th century, it is truly shocking.
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Suicide was always there in the background but nowhere near as common as it is today. I have several friends who have had a family member take their own life and it really is the most difficult and heartbreaking circumstance for them to deal with.
As a friend you can offer your support and love but there is nothing you can say or do that will fill that dark void in their lives.
On Saturday May 11th 3,000 people from the Drogheda area showed that they care enough about this situation to take part in the “Darkness into Light” dawn run in aid of the charity Pieta House which offers support and counselling to people contemplating suicide or harming themselves and of course their families.
Between them they raised an astonishing €61,737.93 which will go a long way to help Pieta House to continue offering their support and vital services to people who are at risk of suicide or self-harm in your community and across Ireland.
Chalk that up as one for the good guys. Well done to one and all.
This article was written by Andy Spearman