A SPECIAL song highlighting suicide awareness issues in teenagers entitled ‘Reach Out’ will be performed for the first time at the Teen Aware concert on Good Friday.
The concert, at Charleville Castle in Tullamore, is a major event to address the growing numbers of young people who are considering suicide.
A number of top local bands will perform at the concert which is aimed at the senior level students in secondary schools across the midlands. Suicide prevention groups will also be present.
The tickets for the non-alcohol event can only be bought through the schools with parental consent. Strict security and safety measures are being put in place. No drinks of any kind will be allowed in, but non-alcoholic drinks will be available on site.
One of the bands on stage is up and coming Offaly based band XLR8 who have written a song on suicide awareness issues.
The song, called ‘Reach out’ encourages people who feel depressed to seek help and encourages people to look out for their friends. The 4 piece band is hoping to record the song as a CD single soon, but will perform it live for the first time at the Teen Aware event.
The Teen Aware event is the brainchild of the TY students at the Sacred Heart School in Tullamore. They have spent the last number of months preparing for the gig. Tickets cost €10 and information is available from TY co-ordinators across the midlands or on facebook. Tickets are understood to be selling very well.