LEARNING that today marks World Suicide Prevention day, one sound local lad has taken the opportunity to check in on his friends, who he figures even if they aren’t in need of a timely extension of the hand of friendship, there’s no harm in letting them know he’s there.
Simon Casserly, using the day to reflect on the fact those around him, no matter how convincing their outwardly ‘I have no emotions, nothing is ever wrong’ facade is, could welcome a text, call, face-to-face chat even if it’s just to remind them how God awful they are at FIFA.
“Might give a few of the guys a shout about the football starting back up, or ask them if they’ve seen the amount of eejits going round wearing their face masks below their nose. Fuck it, I’ll just say it; they ever need to talk, I’m always here,” added Casserly chirpily.
However, owing to the fact he is an Irish male, Casserly couldn’t rule out throwing in an insult or ten like ‘you’re breath smell’s like a tramp’s crotch’ to break the conversational ice.
Full of good and positive intentions, Casserly’s overt attempt to let the people in his life know there is always someone there to listen no matter the problem, be it minor or major, was then annoyingly interrupted by a phone call.
“Simon lad, how’s the form? Haven’t seen ya in a while. Just ringing for a catch up,” ventured long time friend Martin Hurley, placing a phone call that did Casserly the world of good.
“And here, not to be awkward or anything, but if you ever need to talk Simon, I’m here and if not me, I know plenty of other people ready to listen,” Casserly’s friend offering, concluding a good catch up.
Samaritans 116 123 or email [email protected]
Pieta House 1800 247 247 or email [email protected]
Mental Health First Aid Ireland www.mhfaireland.ie
Aware 1800 80 48 48
Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634
Childline 1800 66 66 66