January Blues

Posted on 11. Jan, 2018 in Depression, Mental Health, Suicide, Young people

In this piece from 2007, Miriam looked at how people can deal with the January Blue. They looked at how after all the Christmas festivities finish, there is often a feeling of anticlimax in January. Nowhere is this more obvious than in a university.  Miriam Gormally met Tony Coote, chaplain for UCD and one of […]

Mercy at work in Hospitals

Posted on 10. Mar, 2016 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Grief, Hospice, Spirituality, Suicide

Marianne Quinn is the chaplain in St Columcille hospital in Loughlinstown, Dublin. Her work involves caring for the dying and for those who have been bereaved. She says that her work allows her to channel God’s mercy and to be present in whatever way she is needed. Mercy, she says, is particularly important in deaths […]

Saved by God

Posted on 18. Feb, 2016 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Depression, Grief, Suicide

Rebecca Ryan is best known for her roles in I.R.A.: King of Nothing (2006), The Tudors (2007) and The Draft (2006). She was also in Fair City. Despite all this external success, abuse she’d experienced as a child caused  her to go down the dark road of self harm and even attempted suicide. She was saved at the last […]

Challenge for Console

Posted on 12. Feb, 2015 in Depression, Stress, Suicide

National suicide prevention and bereavement charity Console has appointed fitness coach Pat Divilly  as its youth mental health ambassador. The well-known Galway sports trainer and author has vowed to get one thousand people together under the Console banner to form the biggest team ever to enter the worldwide Tough Mudder fitness challenge. He is even planning a trip to […]

Living with Suicide

Posted on 11. Sep, 2014 in Retreats, Spiritual, Suicide

Suicide is unfortunately prevalent in our society and the statistics are a stark reality of the numbers of people impacted by suicide. It’s estimated that around 1,000 people die by suicide in Ireland each year and many hundreds more are affected. Lough Derg are holding a special Living with Suicide Retreat day on September 24th to bring […]

Elma Walsh

Posted on 05. Dec, 2013 in Chronic illness, Death, Grief, Health, Prayer, Relationships, Suicide, Volunteering

Elma Walsh, mother of Donal Walsh who passed on long before his time, speaks bravely here with Fr Alan Neville MSC about Donal’s final message before his passing.  Donal Walsh, the Kerry teenager who touched so many lives when he came to prominence through his writings and subsequent appearance on Brendan O’Connor’s ‘The Saturday Night […]

Finding Hope in Despair

Posted on 15. Nov, 2012 in Mental Health, Suicide, Uncategorized

The death by suicide of Father Muredach Tuffy, well loved priest within the Mayo parish was a tragedy which stuck the nation. Miriam Gormally spoke with Cindy O’Connor from Pieta house about his death and how such an active and helpful member of the society could have died by suicide and how places like Pieta […]

Cyberbullying and Suicide

Posted on 08. Nov, 2012 in Suicide

The death by suicide of two teenage girls shocked the nation raising many questions about society and care. In both cases there had been incidents of cyberbullying, which caused concern amongst parents regarding what their teenagers get up to online. Miriam Gormally met Cindy O’Connor from Pieta house, who works with those who self-harm or […]

Climbing for Console

Posted on 17. May, 2012 in Mental Health, Suicide

Kilimanjaro in June beckons for the pupils of Crescent College Limerick – will all their hard work and training pay off as they try to climb to the top of the famous African mountain and raise money for the suicide charity Console? They talk to Pat Coyle about the adventure of a lifetime and tell […]

Volunteer for Samaritans

Posted on 04. Mar, 2009 in Depression, Mental Health, Suicide

“Listening to someone who is perhaps depressed, worried, frightened and/or suicidal and who doesn’t know where to turn to, is perhaps the most valuable thing we can do for a fellow human being” Samaritan Volunteer, Elaine, believes it is the most rewarding thing she has ever done.  The Samaritans are always looking for volunteers as […]