A message sent out on June 9 by Gary (Gaz) Smith (top), chef at Michael’s seafood restaurant in Mount Merrion, Dublin 4.

Gaz added:

I’ve not had the balls to discuss this for 20 years…. I’ve written and deleted these words so many times over the years but now I feel brave enough to admit my suicide attempt. Chat to somebody, anybody, me, I’m here.

Gaz on Twitter

11 thoughts on “Here For You

  1. Owen C

    One of the genuine good guys out there. Keep an eye out for his amazing “kids eat seafood free” thing he does in September (hopefully again this year).

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  2. Janet, I ate my avatar

    very brave to share,
    fair play on reaching out to help others,
    if one person sees this and it helps it’s already worth it

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  3. Andrew

    I’ll put up with the adds that’s fair enough but the constant flicking between articles as you read has now forced me to delete your app.

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  4. Bebe

    Incredible honest testimony that obviously is not easy to reveal to the world. I am in total awe of this wonderful human being who puts his own fears to one side to reach out to those feeling overwhelmed in a world that has become cruel and unresponsive to the needs of the most vulnerable. Our MH services are broken; our sense of community and responsibility for each other has long since left us – and lives are fractured with loneliness enveloping and addictions to end the pain providing short lived if any comfort.

    This gesture is incredible in a world of ‘fk u I’m alright and one-upmanship.

    We need more people like Gaz. I hope Gaz gets to do a Ted talk as obv pondered for a long time on reaching out in a way that is so public yet makes himself available so that others may overcome that intense and consuming darkness to have the will to live.

    Well done Gaz – sending you lots of love – you’re doing something incredible positive for all of us. You’re truly inspirational – Thank You sooooooo soooooo much x x

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  5. Marbe

    Thank you a hundred times over. May your words travel to those who need to hear. So glad you woke up and are here now.

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  6. lolly

    Here Here to the above, he’s a great restauranteur also, loved by his staff and customers – a must visit – amazing seafood, best chips in the city and the best béarnaise sauce also (the three go together)

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