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IN PICTURES / Drogheda event marks World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day
Mayor Kevin Callan, Jackie Fox and Cllr Declan Power with Father Barry Matthews and representatives of Let's Talk at St Peter's Church in Drogheda. Photo Credit: Kathy Gilroy-Barry.

Jackie Fox, the mother of suicide victim Nicole Fox, spoke candidly about her daughters battle against bullying and her tragic death aged just 21 today, as Drogheda town marked World Suicide Prevention Day with a fourth annual special event at St Peter’s Church in the town.

Ms Fox was the special guest at the event which saw hundreds of pairs of shoes line the steps of St. Peter’s Church on West Street in memory of lost loved ones. World Suicide Prevention Day’ is observed each year to promote worldwide action to prevent suicides.

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Mayor Kevin Callan lit a remembrance candle on the steps of the the church and a dove was released into the sky after local Cllr Declan Power and then Ms Fox addressed the crowd from the steps, highlighting how her daughter was bullied and harassed for two years before eventually taking her own life.

According to World Health Organisation, nearly 3000 people on average take their own life daily, with another 20 or more attempting to end their lives for every one that succeeds. About one million people die by suicide each year.

1,156 people in Ireland have taken their own lives in the last three years –  909 male and 247 female. In 2012, 578 people took their own lives – 471 male and 107 female.

Last month, Cllr Power had a motion unanimously passed which asked for the local authority to write to government with the purpose of conveying the importance of the proposed Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill, known to some as ‘Coco’s Law’.

Coco’s mother Jackie will present a petition to Labour TD Brendan Howlin at Leinster House next week and she used her speech to urge people to support the efforts to bring in the new legislation. The Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill 2017 seeks to modernise existing harassment laws to cover modern technology and social media and comes on the back of recommendations in the Law Reform Commission’s report on Harmful Communications and Digital Strategy.

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