Last night, on the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day, ‘Changing Ireland’ met volunteers patrolling with Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention (LTSP).

We spoke to Marian McGuane, welfare officer with LTSP, and with Matt Collins, the group’s chairperson. They were friendly, confident and came across as experienced and trustworthy –  the right kind of people to quietly help people in distress. On the eve of September 10th, they and fellow LTSP volunteers held a vigil before starting their night patrol on the River Shannon.

At the vigil, LTSP volunteers gave candles to members of the public to remember those who have died from suicide. A song on CD called ‘Made To Live’ was also handed out to those attending. It was written by Marian’s son Tyrone who sings it with his sister Madison (10) and it’s a beautiful melody. It features in the background at the beginning of our video report (above).

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Report by Allen Meagher