A MAJOR teenage suicide awareness event will take place in Tullamore on Good Friday (April 22). The event is the brainchild of the transition year students at the Sacred Heart Secondary School, Tullamore.
It centres around an outdoor concert at Charleville Castle for students from the senior classes in secondary schools.
It is hoped that students from all the secondary schools in the midlands will attend. The aim of the event is to heighten awareness of suicide issues among teenagers.
Groups who specialise in teenage suicide awareness will also attend. These include the HSE, Samaritans, Teenline, GROW, Aware, Sosad, O La go La, Inspire, Spunout, Reachout, Mullingar drugs network, YSPI, Console and Midlands Living Links. Tickets cost €10 and are being issued through the schools and will only be issued to students who produce written permission from their parents or guardians. The tickets will be purchased in advance but will not be issued until the day of the event so as they cannot be copied or sold on. The concert, which has the support of the Gardai, is a non-alcoholic event and there will be a large number of stewards on duty throughout the castle grounds and approach roads.
Medical services will be available from HSE ambulance paramedics who are giving their services free of charge. Order of Malta and Civil defence personnel will also be assisting in the safety aspect of the event.
Bands taking part on the day include Frantic Jack, UV5, XLR8, The Lols, The Aftermath, Mark Conway, Lost in Flight and Adela and the Meanits.
Radio station i105-107 will broadcast live from the event. Their “I team” will also be present as will DJ Simon Murdoch. In addition to the main stage there will also be a battle of the bands featuring teenage bands from within the schools.
Information packs are currently being distributed to secondary schools throughout the midlands. Anyone who would to assist or who may wantto assist with sponsorship can contact Sean McFadden at 086 3062770, Bruce McCormack at 087 1215553 or Barry Flynn at 087 2654634.