A NEW suicide awareness CD was launched in The Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore last Thursday night. The CD ‘Reach Out’ was recorded in recent weeks by new Clara based band XLR8.
It was written by the band members and Clara based Paramedic Barry Flynn in an attempt to highlight suicide awareness issues.
A large crowd was present on the night to enjoy a wide range of musical acts including Haywire, Chillout, Joe Rabbette, Tempted, Roy Orbison tribute and Lights Out. XLR8 headlined the night. A number of suicide awareness organisations were also in attendance.
The actual launch was performed by professional golfer Shane Lowry who cut a ceremonious yellow ribbon containing copies of the CD. He spoke briefly to the crowd outlining how two of his school friends had died by suicide.
Shane wished the band well with their CD and urged people to buy it as the strong lyrics might encourage people to seek help if required.
The HSE suicide prevention officer Josephine Rigney also wished the band well saying she was delighted with the CD. She pointed out the the inside cover contained a list of phone numbers and web sites for suicide awareness and mental health groups.
A minutes silence was observed in memory of those from the area who had died by taking their own lives.
The CD is on sale fro €3 at shops around Clara and at Heartbeat City in Tullamore. It is hoped to have it in other shops around the midlands soon.