Over the past few weeks, listeners have been sharing their stories with The Ray D’Arcy Show team.
After RTÉ Radio 1 show announced its partnership with Events Against Suicide (a subsidiary of suicide awareness organisation Cycle Against Suicide), in early August, the team received letters, emails and calls from family members of people who had died by suicide.
While items ranging from Olympic triumphs to Rose of Tralee controversies aired over the summer, the Ray D'Arcy Show team were considering how to cover these sensitive and heartbreaking stories that had been entrusted to them.
With Events Against Suicide Week falling between 5th - 11th September, there was only one way to do it.
So yesterday in RTÉ’s Donnybrook radio studios, The Ray D'Arcy Show played host to some dozen people: mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and friends.
The point of the show was to raise awareness of mental health problems and suicide: a very real tragedy that visits too many families. The only way to do that was to hear from the families themselves.
It’s not for us to comment on their stories any further. But, please, listen to their voices.