Tag Archives: Suicide Prevention

On Saturday, December 1.

From 1pm until 3pm.

At Yoga Hub, 27 Camden Place, Dublin 2.

FREE yoga for men with Kevin Boyle.

Kevin writes

Why are so many men in Ireland killing themselves? It’s a hard question to ask and an even harder one to answer. Suicide awareness and prevention should be a regular topic of conversation until we can learn how to heal ourselves.

One of the best ways to start this conversation is to come together as men and embark on a journey of self discovery through the practice of yoga.

While this workshop will offer some physical challenges, it will also allow personal expansion to recognise our strength as men. Through self-study and mindful movement, a man can recalibrate his priorities, his relationships, and his well-being.

The event will include a relatively strong physical practice (with modifications), a brief lecture, discussion, and breathing techniques.

This event is only open to men.

Why? Like it or not, if you ask the average man on the street about yoga he will tell you that it’s a female pastime. Some men feel embarrassed about bending over in front of a bunch of women. Trust me, I felt this way too once!

Yoga for Men Workshop – in Aid of Suicide Prevention (Facebook)

Yoga for Men Workshop – in Aid of Suicide Prevention with Pieta House (Yoga Hub)

 

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You may recall a post entitled No More Superman from last year – on September 10, 2013 – in which Adam wrote about the aftermath of his suicide attempt.

Last night, he wrote:

So it’s a year to the day that I wrote this. I’m still here. Things got worse, a fair bit worse actually but then so much better. Better in a way that I wouldn’t have been able to comprehend a year ago.

It wasn’t until I saw this post that I realised its a year since I tried to take my own life. It scares the hell out of me to even type that today. I’ve not been able to bring myself to read the post I wrote.

To anyone who is where I was, so low, alone and desperate for the pain to stop. Step one is to say I need help. That’s not the solution, then comes a lot of fighting for the help you need. Which is beyond hard when you’re not sure you even want help.

I’ve a new job, some new friends, and some brave old ones (who I owe my life to), there’s even the possibility of romance (although very early days, we haven’t even kissed yet). In other words I’m living.

For the first time in 28 years, I’m ok. I’m not singing every day, but I’m not crying everyday either. Life is mundane and manageable today, which feels like all kinds of wonderful compared to last year.

For me the solution was medication and therapy; I’m starting to come off the medication now, therapy will go on for a bit yet. This was my solution. My message is simple – find yours! We need you, think about those people coming after you who might be going through the same pain – who’s going to speak up for them if you don’t!? It can’t be me, I’m busy trying to reach out to you.

Take a deep breath, pick up the phone and tell someone.

Recovering from a suicide attempt (ADAM00013)

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Colin writes:

Posters for tonight’s auction and afterparty in memory of top Irish windsurfer Mikey Clancy. All proceeds to Pieta House.

Pieta House Auction (Facebook)

Previously: For Mikey Clancy

A Tribute To Mikey Clancy

Fancy a bit of a ride out?

Aileen Parsons writes:

This a is new initiative called Cycle Against Suicide. A 1,400km 14 day Cycle Against Suicide. Travelling all around Ireland. Starting in Dublin on the 22nd of April. Take part in one or more legs (approx 100km each). Cost is €40 for jersey and insurance regardless of how many sections you do.


1,400km.

Cycle Against Suicide