All of the organizations working to tackle the problem of suicide and all government departments should be spreading Donal Walsh’s message: “As a 16-year-old who has no say in his death sentence, who has no choice in the pain he is about to cause and who would take any chance at even a few more months on this planet, appreciate what you have. Know that there are always other options and help is always there.”
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Sharon Ní Chonchúir lives and works in West Kerry. Much of her writing is concerned with the changing face of modern Ireland. Thanks to our sister publication Irish America Magazine for permission to republish this article originally published in their August / September 2013 edition.